Experiments in climate governance – lessons from a systematic review of case studies in transition research

Kivimaa, Paula, Hilden, Mikael, Huitema, Dave, Jordan, Andrew and Newig, Jens (2015) Experiments in climate governance – lessons from a systematic review of case studies in transition research. Working Paper. SPRU Working Paper Series, Sussex.

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Experimentation has been proposed as one of the ways in which public policy can drive sustainability transitions, notably by creating or delimiting space for experimenting with innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. In this paper we report on a systematic review of articles published between 2009 and 2015 that have addressed experiments aiming either at understanding decarbonisation transitions or enhancing climate resilience. Using the case survey method, we find few empirical descriptions of real-world experiments in climate and energy contexts in the scholarly literature, being observed in only 25 articles containing 29 experiments. We discuss the objectives, outputs and outcomes of these experiments noting that explicit experimenting with climate policies could be identified only in 12 cases. Based on the results we suggest a definition of climate policy experiments and a typology of experiments for sustainability transitions that can be used to better understand the role of and learn more effectively from experiments in sustainability transitions.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Policy innovation, experiment, experimentation, sustainability transitions, climate policy
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit > SPRU Working Paper Series
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 08:16
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 08:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59245

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