Niche construction and empowerment through socio-political work. A meta-analysis of six low-carbon technology cases

Raven, Rob, Kern, Florian, Verhees, Bram and Smith, Adrian (2016) Niche construction and empowerment through socio-political work. A meta-analysis of six low-carbon technology cases. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18. pp. 164-180. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

In the sustainability transitions literature the idea of ‘protective space’ shielding niche innovations from unfriendly selection environments is a fundamental concept. Few studies pause to consider how and by whom such protective space is created, maintained or expanded. The paper develops three propositions to deepen our understanding of the ‘outward-oriented socio-political work’ performed by technology advocates. The paper conducts a meta-analysis of six low-carbon technology case studies in the UK and The Netherlands. In each case, analysis finds the cases relevant to the propositions, but requiring finer nuance and further development.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Niche; Politics; Protective space; Sustainability transitions; Technology advocacy
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 06:14
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 02:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54599

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Bilateral Netherlands: The politics of low carbon innovation: towards a theory of niche protectionG0491ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILRES 062 23 2326