User-intermediaries and the local embedding of low carbon technologies

Barnes, Jacob Peter (2017) User-intermediaries and the local embedding of low carbon technologies. Working Paper. SPRU working paper series, Brighton.

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Abstract

This article draws on three theoretical fields, innovation intermediaries, socio-technical transitions and domestication studies to develop a process perspective of how user-side intermediary organisations seek to locally embed low carbon technologies. The term local embedding is increasingly used by transition researchers in a variety of ways. The first contribution of this paper is to explore and substantiate the concept of local embedding as the process of integrating technologies into local contexts of use. Intermediary organisations are conceived as contributing to local embedding where they facilitate, configure and broker change towards configurations that work. Nonetheless, understanding how these key intermediary processes relate as well as the influence of system dynamics on the work intermediaries undertake is still largely uncharted territory. The paper’s second contribution is a process perspective on the agency of intermediary organisations in local embedding. The resulting perspective offers insights into the agency of user-side intermediaries and later phases of transition processes.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Intermediary organisations, local embedding, socio-technical transitions, domestication
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit > SPRU Working Paper Series
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Jacob Peter Barnes
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 15:19
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 15:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69970

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