Innovation studies and sustainability transitions: The allure of the multi-level perspective and its challenges

Smith, Adrian, Voss, Jan-Peter and Grin, John (2010) Innovation studies and sustainability transitions: The allure of the multi-level perspective and its challenges. Research Policy, 39 (4). pp. 435-448. ISSN 0048-7333

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Abstract

Sustainable development is prompting a re-assessment of innovation and technological change. This review paper contributes three things towards this re-assessment activity. First, it considers how the history of innovation studies for sustainable development can be explained as a process of linking broader analytical frameworks to successively larger problem framings. Second it introduces an emerging framework whose allure rests in its ability to capture the bigger picture: the multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions (MLP). Whilst burgeoning researcher networks and literature suggests this policy-relevant theory is attractive, it is not without its challenges. The third purpose of this paper is to elaborate these challenges as areas for further research and development. We do this by drawing upon contributions to this special section and the wider literature.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Adrian Smith
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 15:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26270
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