The Impact on Industry and Competitiveness
15435_EnvironRegulation/Prelims 30/5/02 2:05 pm Page 11 Preface This book is the result of a collaborative effort between researchers at three institutions in three different European countries: the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia in the UK, the Department of Human Geography of the University of Oslo in Norway, and the United Nations University, Institute of New Technologies located in Maastricht in the Netherlands. It represents both an international and an interdisciplinary effort since it brought together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, particularly geography and economics. The starting point of the research was a common interest in the impact which environmental regulation is having on the competitiveness and the location of industry in the context of an increasingly integrated global economy. The Department of Human Geography at the University of Oslo had initiated a programme of research on ‘Location of Pollution-Intensive Industry in a North/South Perspective’ in 1989. Researchers at the School of Development Studies had worked on various aspects of globalization for a number of years, while INTECH specialized in technology issues and organized a ‘Workshop on Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology’ in the mid1990s. All three groups of researchers had a particular interest in North-South relations. The specific research on which this book is based commenced in 1996 and was funded under the European Union’s Fourth Framework Programme on Environment and Climate. Over the course of three years, participants in the programme met at regular intervals to discuss the methodology and research findings. In July...
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