Scripts in transition: protective spaces of Indonesian biofuel villages

Fatimah, Yuti Ariani, Raven, Rob P J M and Arora, Saurabh (2015) Scripts in transition: protective spaces of Indonesian biofuel villages. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 99. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0040-1625

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This paper studies the development of biofuel village pilot projects in Indonesia. Despite the central government's political and financial commitment to the projects, the projects failed to survive and produce sustainable effects. In order to understand why the projects were stalled, this paper traces how the design of Indonesia's biofuel policies shaped the actual socio-technical configurations of the projects. To trace this relationship between the policies and the actual project configurations, we develop a framework that combines the concept of protective space from transition studies and the concept of script from actor-network theory. The concept of script allows us to investigate how the designs of protective spaces and of the experimental projects are enacted through non-coherent processes involving misunderstandings and shifts in meanings between narratives and things (e.g. between policies implemented and the machines put in place). Our analysis makes manifest the non-linearity of the relation between the design of a protective space and the actual practices engendered. This non-linearity emerged through changes in direction brought about by the central government's inability to stretch and transform the local environment in accordance with the policy design and through changes in individual actors' interests in the projects.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Saurabh Arora
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 09:54
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2021 15:49

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