The politics of innovation spaces for low-carbon energy: Introduction to the special issue
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© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Energy systems around the globe face multiple, major pressures to transform into more sustainable ones. Over the past decades numerous, potentially sustainable energy innovations have been proposed, studied, developed and implemented to varying degrees. In the field of transition studies, scholars have used the notion of 'protective space' to study how such innovations emerge, grow, survive and decline over time, but few take an explicit political perspective on these dynamics. This editorial briefly reviews why such a perspective is necessary, and, on the basis of the contributions in this special issue, what it could entail in evolutionary, relational and institutional terms. The paper ends with six lessons for those involved in sustainable innovation advocacy.


Protective space





R. Raven

Utrecht University

Eindhoven University of Technology

F. Kern

University of Sussex

A. Smith

University of Sussex

Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

B. Verhees

Eindhoven University of Technology

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

22104224 (eISSN)

Vol. 18 101-110

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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