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Assembling urban energy: sociotechnical perspectives on a seawater district heating project

Guy, S, Sherriff, GA, Chmutina, K and Goodier, C 2016, 'Assembling urban energy: sociotechnical perspectives on a seawater district heating project' , in: Actor networks of planning : exploring the influence of actor network theory , Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design , Routledge.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the application of assemblage theory to analyse the development of an innovative seawater district heating system near The Hague, in the Netherlands. In doing so, we argue that the story of a stable technological system, moulded and shaped into a final obdurate form by social and political interests is a narrative that conceals as much as it reveals. By following the fluidity of the design and development process that twists and turns as the system emerges and changes shape, the case study highlights the potential contribution of the assemblage perspective and its ability to reveal the complexity and context specificity of sociotechnical system building. In this way, the chapter argues that the relational framing of systems as they are assembled, maintained and disassembled, encourages us to look beyond the naive certainties of best practice policy toward a richer engagement with the practices, politics and places of urban network development.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Rydin, Y and Tate, L
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design
ISBN: 9781138886407
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: Dr Graeme Sherriff
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 12:56
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 11:14
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37464

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