Launch of Green Industrial Policy in the age of rare metals

Friday 10 Dec 2021, 14:00 - 16:00
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Online via Zoom and at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam

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This is a hybrid event: you can attend either online via Zoom or in person at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Pakhuis de Zwijger requires all in-person attendees to show their corona QR code before they access the building.

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Unveiling the impact of industrial policymaking in times of green transition and critical raw materials, this launch event will establish the project’s relevance for global and comparative political economy of development.

As the world accelerates its transition to a new geopolitical order characterized by multiple crises impacting upon our economy, society and environment, the Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals (GRIP-ARM) research project aims to map out, explain and assess how the global value chains of critical raw materials - specifically rare earth elements (REEs) -is likely to re-shape the international order and the development landscape.

On 10 December, the GRIP-ARM launch event will host a roundtable on the trends, challenges and future of critical minerals from varying perspectives. The speakers will address the importance of this research project considering the overlapping issues which GRIP-ARM is engaged with, such as debates on political economy of industrial policy, environmental studies and development cooperation in times of complexity and uncertainty.


  • Phillipe Peycam - Director of the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University
  • Jojo Nem Singh - Assistant Professor, ISS
  • Ling Chen - Associate Professor, School of Public Administration & Public Policy, Tsinghua University
  • Erika Weinthal - Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy, Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
  • Katja Hujo - Senior Research Coordinator, Transformative Social Policy Programme, UNRISD


The event will begin with a short welcome from the ISS Rector’s office, followed by presentations by Jojo Nem Singh and Phillipe Peycan.

Jojo will present the academic and geopolitical context in which this research was conceived and the objective of the GRIP-ARM project along with the links between the study’s research questions, methodology and work packages. He will also introduce his research team and board members.

Phillipe will address the importance of researching the geopolitical relevance of rare earth metals and China’s strategy around it, and the contribution of the GRIP-ARM research project to this discussion

Richard Griffiths will moderate a roundtable with three speakers – Ling Chen, Erika Weinthal and Katja Hujo. This will be followed by a group discussion and a Q&A session.


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About the GRIP-ARM research project

To understand the complexity of such a transition, our project offers a global perspective, grounded in innovative comparative research based on novel data collection, to examine how key resource producers and major resource consuming governments and firms are responding to the political and economic challenges ahead.

From the supply side, GRIP-ARM will examine Brazil, China and Kazakhstan - three current and potential rare earth elements (REE) producers - as they design new strategies to promote industrialization and seek new comparative advantages in the global political economy. These countries are characterized by their distinctive global ambitions, institutional endowments and industrial policy experience to promote a mineral-based development strategy.

From the demand side, GRIP-ARM will focus on selected countries in the European Union and East Asia, notably Japan and South Korea, to map out how and why the pursuit of trade, investment and development cooperation are intricately tied with the question of access to natural resources. With resource competition increasingly more conspicuous, the growing threat of losing access and increasing shortage of rare metals in world markets have shaped the direction and trajectory of policy thinking in advanced economies. The formidable challenge of resource security has become a key motivation as countries pursue defense, industrial, and economic strategies linked to the worldwide shift towards clean energy technologies.

Finally, at the heart of the supply and demand value chain lies China -a growing regional and global hegemon with at least 90% control of the REE sector, but also a consumer and producer of critical minerals.

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