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Sustainable transitions and complex socio-technical systems: renewable energy and the electricity grid in the USA, UK and Germany

Sustainable transitions and complex socio-technical systems: renewable energy and the electricity grid in the USA, UK and Germany

Coles, Anne-Marie and Peters, S. R. (2018) Sustainable transitions and complex socio-technical systems: renewable energy and the electricity grid in the USA, UK and Germany. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Transitions management identifies broad national efforts that attempt to govern socio-technical change along more environmentally sustainable pathways. Although the complexity of such endeavours is generally acknowledged, it is not yet clear how governance practices work at an international level. This paper utilises the transitions management concept to compare three countries in their attempts to increase the adoption and use of renewable energy technologies. It notes that analysis at a micro-level needs to focus on the actions and requirements of particular user groups for a deeper elucidation of transition management processes. Furthermore, the complexity of socio-technical change processes implies that transitions management is a more useful concept when focused at the micro-level of change rather than at the macro-level of strategy formulation over the longer term.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renewable energy; transitions management; energy users; inter-country comparison;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA) > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
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Last Modified: 16 May 2019 11:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/20230

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