Special Outlook Reports

Readers will find below a selection of recently published special reports with practical and authoritative analysis of key international issues, such as climate change, renewable energy, intellectual property, science policy, biotechnology, sustainable development, among others. 

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Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 – Main report released at the start of the latest biennial meeting of the FAO Committee on Forestry and World Forest Week, in Rome.  Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO, October, 2010

Who Owns Our Low Carbon Future?
Intellectual Property and Energy Technologies – A Chatham House Report, by Bernice Lee, Ilian Iliev and Felix Preston.  September 2009

Australian Sustainable Energy – Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan – Published by the University of Melbourne – Energy Research Institute, Victoria, Australia, 2010.

Global Forum Action Plan – Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development.  A document produced by the World Bank’s STI Global Expert Team (STI GET). September, 2010.

Patented in China – the Present and Future State of Innovation in Chinaby Eve Y. Zhou and Bob Stembridge. Thomson Reuters, 2010.
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The Food System – a prism of present and future challenges for health promotion and sustainable development – White Paper – Triggering Debate – Health Promotion Switzerland, 2010.

Growth and sustainability in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.   A report based on the proceedings of a conference, organised by the OECD, on the growth performance of these large emerging-market economies. OECD Report, 2010.

Patents and clean energy: bridging the gap between evidence and policy – UNEP Report, 2010.
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Climate change: a summary of the science
A document prepared by a working group chaired by Professor John Pethica, Vice President of the Royal Society and approved by the Royal Society Council. The Royal Society, Science Policy Centre, UK. September 2010

Breeding Business. The future of plant breeding in the light of developments in patent rights and plant breeding rights.  Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN).  December 2009.

Research for Development – A World Bank Perspective on Future Directions for Research.  Policy Research Working Paper 5437.  This paper provides an overview of the history of development research at the World Bank and points to new future directions.   World Bank.  September 2010.


Intellectual Property and Developing Countries – A review of the literature, By Emmanuel Hassan, Ohid Yaqub,Stephanie Diepeveen.
Prepared for the UK Intellectual Property Office and the UK Department for International Development.  RAND Corporation, 2010.

Accelerating Innovation In Energy: Insights from Multiple Sectors, by Rebecca Henderson and Richard G. Newell. A working paper distributed for purposes of comment and discussion only. Harvard Business School, Working Paper 10-067, 2010.

Innovation and Economic Growth in China, by Yanrui Wu.
Has innovation played a role in China’s economic growth? What are the determinants of innovation in the Chinese economy? These are some of the questions which are explored in this study of the University of Western Australia,   Economics – UWA Business School, 2010.

Managing Tomorrow’s People – Talent Mobility 2020.  The next generation of international assignments.  The year 2020 is only a decade away, yet the way our global workforce is sourced, organised, and managed will change radically by that time.  This report aims to provide foresight around the future work force and global trends such as changing demographics, advances in technology, and an array of other factors that may influence talent mobility policies and practices over the next decade.

Rising Global Interest in Farmland – Can It Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?   The World Bank Group, September 2010.

The wealth of waste – The economics of wastewater use in agriculture.  This report addresses economic and financial issues and the methodologies and procedures involved in the analysis of water recycling projects, covering issues related to human health, water quality, acceptability, institutional constraints, and other factors affecting the feasibility of reusing water.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  August 2010.

Global survey of agricultural- mitigation projects.  By Christina Seeberg-Elverfeldt and Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström.  Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Project.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  August 2010.

Status and Prospects for Smallholder Milk Production – A Global Perspective.  Editors: Torsten Hemme and Joachim Otte.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, 2010.

Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook A guide for practical implementation.   By Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger, Uwe BeständigCentre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University Lüneburg.  Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Public Relations Division, Berlin, Germany.  June 2010.

Building Soils for Better Crops – Sustainable Soil Management
by Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es.  Published by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture – USDA, 2009.

Convergence of Agriculture and Energy: Infrastructure Considerations for Biomass Harvest, Transportation, and Storage.  CAST Commentary by Jerry Fruin, Mark D. Stowers, Kelly Tiller . Work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  September 2010. 

The potential for land-based biological CO2 removal to lower future atmospheric CO2 concentration, By Timothy M Lenton.  Landbased biological deliberate CO2 removal and storage methods are reviewed, including afforestation, biomass burial, biochar
production and bioenergy with CO2 capture and storage.  Carbon Management (2010) 1(1), 145–160.

The new geography of global innovationBy Douglas Gilman.  Research and development spending in Asia surpassed EU levels in 2005, and is likely to overtake US levels in the next five years, thanks primarily to striking growth in R&D investment in China. The new geography of global innovation is further supported by the globalization of higher education, particular in science and engineering (S&E) fields.  This report was published by the Global Markets Institute – a public policy research unit of Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research.  September 20, 2010.


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