A CIERP research seminar with Abhishek Malhotra
A CIERP research seminar with Abhishek Malhotra

Technological Learning in Low-Carbon Innovation Policy

Abhishek Malhotra

Monday, April 9, 2018
12:30–1:45 pm
Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) Conference Room 
Miller Hall
210 Packard Ave
Light lunch will be served
Bring your own beverage

Policies aiming to address societal challenges associated with the energy sector often intend to influence the speed and direction of technological change by addressing market failures. However, empirical research suggests that interactive learning has been a key determinant of the success or failure of innovation systems for several energy technologies. But how and why does the importance of interactive learning vary across energy technologies? And how can policies be designed to reflect these differences?
To answer these questions, we use concepts from the literatures on technology life-cycles and sectoral systems of innovation to analyze how and why the patterns of interactive learning differ between three energy technologies – solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, and lithium-ion batteries. By doing so, we show how sectoral differences can be better integrated into analyses of technological innovation systems. Further, we help reconcile the differences in empirical literature regarding importance of interactive learning between actors in technological innovation systems, and we discuss the implications for technology policy.  
Abhishek Malhotra is a doctoral candidate at the Energy Politics Group at ETH Zurich, and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University's Fletcher School. His research focuses on policies for technological innovation and electricity access in developing countries.

Q: Where is Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE)?

A: Just around the corner from The Fletcher School. Enter on the far side (parking lot side) of Miller Hall for TIE (and the Tufts Office of Sustainability). The TIE conference room is to the right as you enter the building.

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