The project “Green Transformations in the Global South (GreeTS): opening the blackbox of a pro-active state and the management of sustainability trade-offs in Costa Rica and Vietnam” analyzes the causes, consequences and different practices and types of farreaching sustainability changes as they
evolve from the energy and land use sectors.

Thereby GreeTS approaches the puzzle that two countries from the Global South with different political systems in terms of their state-society relations and historical records of national green politics are – at first sight – acting alike in this regard and investigates the implications of the two countries’ strong rhetorical claims concerning the determinants for corresponding follow-up. Hence, GreeTS has the major aim to understand the forces behind this seemingly green agenda and the scope conditions of its realization.

Therefore, the research group will open up the black box of “the state” in both countries, specify concepts like state-society relations, political autonomy and transformations, and provide insights from substantial cross-sectoral empirical research in the two countries.

Work Packages

Work Package 1: Theories, concepts, methods

Work Package 2: Land use

Work Package 3: Energy

Work Package 4: Multilevel interactions


Green Transformations in the Global South

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

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