Baltic University Programme

Steps to overcome the North–South divide in research relevant to climate change policy and practice

Authors: Malgorzata Blicharska and Richard J. Smithers

Type of Publication: Peer review

Abstract
A global North–South divide in research, and its negative consequences, has been highlighted in various scientific disciplines. Northern domination of science relevant to climate change policy and practice, and limited research led by Southern researchers in Southern countries, may hinder further development and implementation of global climate change agreements and nationally appropriate actions. Despite efforts to address the North–South divide, progress has been slow. In this Perspective, we illustrate the extent of the divide, review underlying issues and analyse their consequences for climate change policy development and implementation. We propose a set of practical steps in both Northern and Southern countries that a wide range of actors should take at global, regional and national scales to span the North–South divide, with examples of some actions already being implemented.

Reference to the article
Nature Climate Change 7, 21–27 (2017)
doi:10.1038/nclimate3163

Link to the article
https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3163