My research is about stimulating the development and international diffusion of environmental innovations from companies. I undertake this research from three complementary perspectives which give me both a broad and deep insight into the subject. These three perspectives are:
- government support for the export of environmental technologies,
- business models for the diffusion of environmental technologies,
- the roles of intermediaries in the development of environmental innovations.
Government support for the export of environmental technologies
I analyse governmental initiatives from different countries across the world aimed at promoting the export of environmental technologies from their respective countries but more importantly I try to highlight those governmental initiatives which have potential implications for environmental sustainability.
Business models for the diffusion of environmental technology
Furthermore, using empirical cases, literature on business models and discussions with industry experts, I synthesis key factors to consider in the diffusion of large-scaled environmental technology systems such as district heating supply, waste management, and renewable energy systems.
The roles of intermediaries in the development of environmental innovations
My research deals with intermediaries who support firms in the development and diffusion of environmental technologies. Examples of these third party organisations include business development organisations, clusters, universities, incubators and international city networks. In particular, I investigate how these third party organisations can better support firms in the eco-innovation process. In these complementary streams of research, I use different theoretical schools such as the diffusion of innovations, market and systemic failures, comparative public policy theories, business modelling and Technological Innovation Systems.
Through my research activities, I collaborate with researchers in several universities such Oldenburg, Germany; Aalto, Finland, University of Botswana and also industry practitioners such as utility companies, municipalities, environmental technology firms and clusters.
I also involved in teaching international students in courses dealing with large technical systems and environment and also management systems for sustainability.