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The contribution of local experiments and negotiation processes to field-level learning in emerging (niche) technologies: Meta-analysis of 27 new energy projects in Europe

Raven, RPJM, Heiskanen, E, Lovio, R, Hodson, M and Brohmann, B 2008, 'The contribution of local experiments and negotiation processes to field-level learning in emerging (niche) technologies: Meta-analysis of 27 new energy projects in Europe' , Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 28 (6) , pp. 464-477.

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Abstract

This article examines how local experiments and negotiation processes contribute to social and field-level learning. The analysis is framed within the niche development literature, which offers a framework for analyzing the relation between projects in local contexts and the transfer of local experiences into generally applicable rules. The authors examine 2 case studies drawn from a meta-analysis of 27 new energy projects. The case studies, both pertaining to biogas projects for local municipalities, illustrate the diversity of applications for a technology through processes of local variation and selection. The authors examine the diversity of expectations and the negotiation and alignment of these expectations underlying the diversity of local solutions. Moreover, the authors address how the transfer of lessons from individual local experiments can follow different pathways and yet always require due attention to the social and cultural limits to the transferability of solutions.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0270-4676
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 02:21
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:29
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22896

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