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Can cities shape socio-technical transitions and how would we know if they were?

Hodson, M and Marvin, S 2010, 'Can cities shape socio-technical transitions and how would we know if they were?' , Research Policy, 39 (4) , pp. 477-485.

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Abstract

This paper asks two – relatively simple – questions: can cities shape socio-technical transitions? And how would we know if they were? There are three key objectives. The first of these is to set out emerging, and in our view, convincing evidence, that large world cities have political aspirations to develop purposive and managed change in the socio-technical organisation of infrastructure networks that can be characterised as ‘systemic’ transitions. The second objective is conceptual in orientation and seeks to address how we understand transitions at the scale of the city, the role of ‘the city’ in undertaking transitions, and review both the strengths and shortcomings of the multi-level perspective (MLP) on socio-technical transitions in addressing this. The third objective is to identify what an urban transition would look like, and then constructs a new framework to conceptualise and research urban transitions. The paper then summarises the key aspects and implications of our argument.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cities; Transition; Infrastructure; Intermediary
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: 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)
Journal or Publication Title: Research Policy
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0048-7333
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 11:35
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9321

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