Innogen · News · October 18, 2010

Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk: The Biggest Change in North-South Relationships Since Colonialism?

Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk

James Smith examines the uncertainty of investing in biofuels in his new book.

Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk: The Biggest Change in North-South Relationships Since Colonialism? COVER 

Read a brief introduction to James Smith’s book, which raises topical questions about the impacts and implications of investing in biofuels.


Book reviews:


'James Smith has produced an incredibly important book for anyone interested in why global investment in biofuels continues to expand at breakneck speed despite the technology s current inherent inability to make any significant impact on energy security or green house gas emissions.' - Simon Trace, CEO Practical Action


'This is a revolutionary body of work that analyses the allure of biofuels from a global, historical and political perspective. Nuances of why the global debate on biofuels, climate change, and sustainable development have lost resonance with the livelihoods and local perspective are explored. The question of whether the biofuel system offers emerging economies, and local communities the opportunity of being exigent from the colonial paradigm is probed.' - Professor Judi Wakhungu, Director of the African Centre of Technology Studies


'James Smith has produced an incredibly important book for anyone interested in why global investment in biofuels continues to expand at breakneck speed despite the technology s current inherent inability to make any significant impact on energy security or green house gas emissions.' - Simon Trace, CEO Practical Action


‘Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk: The Biggest Change in North-South Relationships Since Colonialism?’, published by Zed Books Ltd will be released on 11 November 2010.


Link to Professor James Smith's profile page.