Exploring the challenge for Sustainable Development in the energy sector: Sociomaterial view of two British and Nigerian cases

Mohamad, MRA and Anuge, J 2016, Exploring the challenge for Sustainable Development in the energy sector: Sociomaterial view of two British and Nigerian cases , in: World Association for Sustainable Development, 20th & 21th July 2016, Imperial College London.

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Abstract

Global pressure on the green environment has been a major obstacle in attaining future Sustainable Development (SD). In this study, the researchers explore the recent challenges of SD in the power sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) (as a Northern European country) and in Nigeria (as a Southern African country). These two contexts have witnessed an unstable epileptic power supply, despite the trillions of dollars invested in the sector. To avoid solving the sustainability problem and causing other economic, social or environmental problems, a thread of scholarly work has attempted to develop a systemic approach to SD. Aiming to offer an appreciative systemic lens of SD Thatchenkery et al., 2010), we adopted the sociomateriality concept to shed light on the closeness between the social/organisational context and the resource-based/material context of SD. Sociomateriality emphasises the ongoing interaction between technology and the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability. This systemic view of SD avoids the defects of other dominant views such as complexity theory (Sabau, 2010), neoclassical economics/free market approaches (Heikkurinen and Bonnedahl, 2013) and ecological economics (Lele, 1991).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: World Journal of Science, Technology & Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Dr Mostafa Mohamad
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 09:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42305

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