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Local negotiation and alignment of expectations and interlocal transfer of lessons in niche development trajectories: meta-analysis of 22 new energy projects in Europe

Raven, R, Heiskanen, E and Hodson, M 2007, Local negotiation and alignment of expectations and interlocal transfer of lessons in niche development trajectories: meta-analysis of 22 new energy projects in Europe , in: Workshop on Innovation, Institutions and Path Dependency, 15-18 April 2007, Zurich.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the tension between the need to maintain diversity and the need to support path creation in the promotion of emerging sustainable technologies. The analysis is framed within the niche development literature and in particular the dynamics of socio-cognitive technology evolution as elaborated by Geels and Raven (2006). This literature offers a framework for analyzing the relation between individual projects in local contexts and the transfer of local experiences into generally applicable rules on the ‘global niche level’. We address this question by examining two case studies drawn from a meta-analysis of 22 new energy projects throughout Europe. These two case studies, both pertaining to biogas projects for local municipalities, illustrate the diversity of applications introduced into a generic technology through processes of local variation and selection. We examine the diversity of expectations, and the negotiation and alignment of these expectations, underlying the diversity of local solutions. Moreover, we identify the types of generally applicable rules that the projects produced for the ‘global niche level’, and suggest that the transfer of lessons from individual local experiments can follow different pathways, but always requires due attention to the social and cultural limits to the transferability of solutions.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 12:44
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:06
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17229

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