Frauke Urban

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK


Dr. Frauke Urban is an Environmental Scientist specialised on the linkages between energy, climate change and development, especially climate change mitigation, low carbon development and energy policy. She works as Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS, University of London (2011-present).

Her main regional interest is Asia, particularly China, India and Southeast Asia. She is currently the Principle Investigator for an ESRC-funded project on China’s rise in the hydropower dam sector and its environmental and social implications in low and middle income countries (ESRC grant ref number: ES/J01320X/1). Frauke also works as Co-Investigator on another ESRC-funded project on China’s low carbon innovation in the energy sector. Frauke currently teaches in the fields of Environmental Management, Climate Change and Development, Energy and Development.

In 2015, Frauke was Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Visiting Researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Before joining SOAS she worked as Research Fellow in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies IDS at the University of Sussex in 2008-2011. Before that, she was Research Fellow at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2004-2008 and a Visiting Researcher at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2007.

Responsibility in GreeTS

In GreeTS, Frauke will be leading Work Package 1 (concepts, theories, methods) and contribute to Work Package 3 (energy).

Selected Publications

Single-authored monograph

Urban, F., 2014. Low Carbon Transitions for Developing Countries. Earthscan, Routledge, Oxon.

Edited volumes

Urban, F. and Nordensvärd, J., 2013. Low Carbon Development: Key Issues. Earthscan, Routledge, Oxon.

Urban, F. and Nordensvärd, J., forthcoming. Low Carbon Development. Routledge, Oxon.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Urban, F./ Siciliano, G./ Wallbott, L./ Lederer, M./ Anh, Dang Nguyen (online first) Green transformations in Vietnam's energy sector, in: Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies.

Urban, F., Wang, Y., Geall, S. 2018. The prospects, politics and practices of solar energy in China. Journal of Environment and Development 27(1): 74-98. - Open access download Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterhere

Urban, F., Siciliano, G., Nordensvard, J., 2017. China’s Dam Builders: their role in transboundary river management in Southeast Asia, International Journal of Water Resources Development.  DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2017.1329138 - Open Access download: Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterhere.

Siciliano G. and Urban F., 2017. Equity-based natural resource allocation for infrastructure development: evidence from large hydropower dams in Africa and Asia, Ecological Economics, Vol. 134 (2017) 130–139.

Majid Cooke, F., Nordensvard, J., Bin Saat, G., Urban, F., Siciliano, G., 2017. The Limits of Social Protection: The Case of Hydropower Dams and Indigenous Peoples' Land. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, DOI: 10.1002/app5.187 - Open Access download: Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterhere.

Urban, F., Geall, S., Wang, Y., 2016. Solar PV and solar water heaters in China: Different pathways to low carbon energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 64(2016): 531–542.

Urban, F., Zhou, Y., Nordensvard, J., Narain, A., 2015. Firm-level technology transfer and technology cooperation for wind energy between Europe, China and India: from North-South to South-North cooperation? Energy for Sustainable Development, Volume 28(10):29–40.

Urban, F., 2015. Environmental innovation for sustainable development: the role of China. Sustainable Development, Vol.23(7-8): 203–205.
Urban, F., Siciliano, G., Sour, K., Lonn, P.D., Tan-Mullins, M., Mang, G., 2015. South-South technology transfer of low carbon innovation: Chinese large hydropower dams in Cambodia. Sustainable Development, Vol.23(7-8): 232–244.

Urban, F., Nordensvard, J., Siciliano, G., Li, B., 2015. Chinese Overseas Hydropower Dams and Social Sustainability: The Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 2(3):573–589.

Nordensvard, J. and Urban, F., 2015. Social innovation and Chinese overseas hydropower dams: The nexus of national social policy and Corporate Social Responsibility. Sustainable Development, Vol.23(7-8): 245–256.

Nordensvard, J. and Urban, F., 2015. The stuttering energy transition in Germany: Wind energy policy and feed-in tariff lock-in. Energy Policy, Vol. 82: 156-165.

Siciliano, G., Urban, F., Kim, S., Lonn, D.P., 2015. Hydropower, social priorities and the rural-urban development divide: the case of large dams in Cambodia. Energy Policy, Volume 86(11):273–285.

Zhou, X., Li, X., Lema, R., Urban, F., 2015. Comparing the knowledge bases of wind turbine firms in Asia and Europe: patent trajectories, networks, and globalization. Science and Public Policy, 1-16. doi: 10.1093/scipol/scv055

Urban, F., Mohan, G., Cook, S., 2013. China as a new shaper of international development: the environmental implications. Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol.15(2):257-263.

Urban, F., Nordensvärd, J., Khatri, D., Wang, Y., 2013. An analysis of China’s investment in the hydropower sector in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol.15(2):301-324.

Berger, A., Lema, R., Schmitz, H., Fischer, D., Urban, F., 2013. Towards a conceptual framework for analysing cooperation and competition between China and Europe in climate and renewable energy issues. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol.42(1): 71-98.

Urban, F., Nordensvärd, J., Zhou, Y., 2012. Key actors and their motives for wind energy innovation in China. Innovation and Development, Vol.2(1): 111-130.

Urban, F., Mitchell, T., Silva Villanueva, P., 2011. Issues at the interface of disaster risk management and low-carbon development. Climate and Development, Vol. 3(3): 259-279.

Mulugetta, Y. and Urban, F., 2010. Deliberating on low carbon development. Energy Policy, Vol.38(12): 7546-7549.

Urban, F., 2010. Pro-poor low carbon development and the role of growth. International Journal of Green Economics. Vol. 4 (1): 82-93.

Urban, F., 2010. The MDGs and beyond: Can low carbon development be pro-poor? IDS Bulletin, Vol. 41 (1): 92-99.

Urban, F., 2010. Climate change mitigation revisited: Low-carbon energy transitions for China and India (in Chinese). Urban Insight, Vol.5(2):36-53.

Urban, F., 2009. Climate change mitigation revisited: Low-carbon energy transitions for China and India. Development Policy Review Journal, Vol. 27(6): 693-715.

Urban, F., Benders, R.M.J., Moll, H.C., 2009. Renewable and low-carbon energy as mitigation options of climate change for China. Climatic Change, Vol. 94(1-2):169–188.

Urban, F., Benders, R.M.J., Moll, H.C., 2009. Energy for rural India. Applied Energy, Vol. 86: 47–57.

Van Ruijven, B., Urban, F., Benders, R.M.J., Moll, H.C, Van der Sluijs, J., De Vries, B. and Van Vuuren, D.P., 2008. Modeling Energy and Development: an Evaluation of Models and Concepts. World Development, Vol. 36(12): 2801-2821.

Urban, F., Benders, R.M.J., Moll, H.C., 2007. Modelling energy systems for developing countries. Energy Policy, Volume 35(6), 3473-3482.


Green Transformations in the Global South

Research Group International Relations
Institute of Political Science
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dolivostr. 15
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

Contact: Frauke Urban

SOAS Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
LICD 203
36 Gordon Square


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