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Technology, resources and geography in a paradigm shift: the case of critical and conflict materials in ICTs

Diemer, Andreas, Iammarino, Simona ORCID: 0000-0001-9450-1700, Perkins, Richard and Gros, Axel (2022) Technology, resources and geography in a paradigm shift: the case of critical and conflict materials in ICTs. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2077326

Abstract

Critical and conflict materials (CCMs) are providing an important material infrastructure for recent technological shifts. Relying on text analysis of US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data, this exploratory study examines the technological and geographical linkages between technological paradigms and selected CCMs. Our descriptive analysis finds evidence of a clear association between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and CCM intensity over time, and of a striking resource–technology divide between value-creating and -extracting activities across the Global North and the Global South and their regions. The paper emphasizes the need for a more critical, spatially sensitive approach to studying resource-based technological change to expose its uneven development consequences.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/cres20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation > Q34 - Natural Resources and Domestic and International Conflicts
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q55 - Technological Innovation
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 09:45
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 09:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115103

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