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Negotiating contested visions and place-specific expectations of the hydrogen economy

Eames, M, Mcdowall, W, Hodson, M and Marvin, S 2006, 'Negotiating contested visions and place-specific expectations of the hydrogen economy' , Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 18 (3-4) , pp. 361-374.

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This paper explores the role of the `hydrogen economy' as a guiding vision encompassing multiple contested technological futures, value judgements and problem framings. Hydrogen visions draw upon six overarching and competing narrative themes: power and independence; community empowerment and democratisation; ecotopia; hydrogen as technical fix; inevitability and technical progress; and `staying in the race'. In other words the hydrogen economy possesses great interpretive flexibility. This, it is argued, is the key to hydrogen's rhetorical power, allowing it to become a space in which divergent interests and agendas are promoted. Turning to issues of scale and place, the case of London is used to document the dynamics of expectations: how the open flexible guiding vision of a hydrogen economy must inevitably be re-invented and grounded in local agendas and contexts if its promise is to become realised.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0953-7325
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 16:02
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 00:01

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