The politics of innovation spaces for low-carbon energy: Introduction to the special issue
Övrig text i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2016

© 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

Universiteit Utrecht

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

F. Kern

University of Sussex

A. Smith

University of Sussex

Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Environmental Systems Analysis

B. Verhees

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

22104224 (eISSN)

Vol. 18 101-110


Elektroteknik och elektronik



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