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Olga Ustyuzhantseva

University of Johannesburg

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Olga Ustyuzhantseva studies various aspects of climate change and sustainable development from several perspectives: climate policy and coal industry transformation in Russia and South Africa; just transition in non-democratic regimes (the case of Russia); social effects of climate change on local communities (indigenous people and urban population) in Russian Siberia and Arctic, how people perceive these changes, how they impact their lives (following the approach of Non-Economic Loss and Damage), and how local and federal authorities address or do not address this impact. Research interests: climate policy and politics; transformative innovation and technological policy; green transition and industry transformation; energy transition and coal phase-out.

Country(ies) of Specialty

India Russia South Africa

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Fossil fuels Renewable energy Indigenous studies

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Ustyuzhantseva O. 2022. Citizen Agency and Ecology in Krasnoyarsk. Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia. Volume 59, Issue 3-4: 200-225.

Ustyuzhantseva O. 2021. Ontological revision of grassroots innovation: conceptualizing the phenomenon. Innovation and Development Journal. DOI: 10.1080/2157930X.2021.1890934

Ustyuzhantseva O. 2017. Studies of inclusive innovation in sociotechnical systems: The cases of Russia and India. Innovation and Development Journal, Jan. 2017, https://doi.org/10.1080/2157930x.2017.1281359

Daniels, C., Ustyuzhantseva, O., Wei, Y. 2017. Innovation for inclusive development, public policy support and triple helix: perspectives from BRICS. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Jul. 31

Ustyuzhantseva O. 2015. Institutionalization of grassroots innovation in India. Current Science. Vol. 108. No 8. P. 1476–1482.