Erik Baark is Professor Emeritus at the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. After graduating with a magister artium degree in Sinology from Copenhagen University in 1977, he received his PhD at the University of Lund in 1986, and his Dphil at the University of Copenhagen in 1998.

His research has focused on Asian development, in particular China, and includes analysis of innovation policies, high technology entrepreneurship, environmental and climate change issues, and the digital economy. He has published many papers on innovation in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta which include Innovation and China's Global Emergence (National University of Singapore Press, 2021), Lightning Wires: Telegraphs and China's Technological Modernization, 1860-1890 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997) as well as articles in leading international area studies journals, such as The China Quarterly and in innovation research journals, namely Research Policy and the International Journal of Technology Management.

Projects

Historicizing China’s Climate Change Science

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Scientists, Politics, and Climate Change in China

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Selected Publications

Baark, Erik, Bert Hofman, and Jiwei Qian, eds. (2021). Innovation and China’s Global Emergence. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

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Baark, Erik (2020). “Basic Research and National Goals: The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in an Emerging Innovation System.” Journal of Asian Development Studies 9 (4): 19–37. http://poverty.com.pk//uploads/JADS%209-4%20Page%2019-37.pdf.

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Baark, Erik (2019). “Market-based Climate Policy in China? The Case of Emissions Trading Systems.” East Asian Policy 11 (4): 42–55. https://doi.org/10.1142/S1793930519000369.

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Baark, Erik (2007). “Knowledge and Innovation in China: Historical Legacies and Institutional Reform.” Asia Pacific Business Review 13 (3): 337–356. https://doi.org/10.1080/13602380701291917.

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