Of emergence, diffusion and impact: a sociotechnical perspective on research and energy demand

Geels, Frank W, Sovacool, Benjamin K and Sorrell, Steven (2019) Of emergence, diffusion and impact: a sociotechnical perspective on research and energy demand. In: Jenkins, Kirsten E H and Hopkins, Debbie (eds.) Transitions in energy efficiency and demand: the emergence, diffusion and impact of low-carbon ennovations. Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 15-33. ISBN 9780815356783

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From a sociotechnical perspective, improving energy efficiency and reducing energy demand are understood as social processes with complex interactions between multiple actors (firms, researchers, policymakers, consumers) who develop strategies, make investments, learn, open up new markets and develop new routines. A sociotechnical perspective views energy services as being provided through large-scale, capital-intensive and long-lived infrastructures that co-evolve with technologies, institutions, skills, knowledge and behaviours to create broader ‘sociotechnical systems’. This chapter develops a rationale for the sociotechnical approach, describes its general characteristics and identifies some core research debates. It elaborates upon three research themes – emergence, diffusion and impact – and identifies key issues and debates within each.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: The Sussex Energy Group
Depositing User: Steven Sorrell
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 12:48
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 12:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81302

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