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Lost in Transition? Directions for an Economic Geography of Urban Sustainability Transitions

Sebastian Fastenrath () and Boris Braun ()
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Sebastian Fastenrath: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
Boris Braun: Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, 50923 Cologne, Germany

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 7, 1-17

Abstract: Socio-technical transitions towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption are receiving increasing attention in the academic world and also from political and economic decision-makers. There is increasing demand for resource-efficient technologies and institutional innovations, particularly at the city level. However, it is widely unclear how processes of change evolve and develop and how they are embedded in different socio-spatial contexts. While numerous scholars have contributed to the vibrant research field around sustainability transitions, the geographical expertise largely has been ignored. The lack of knowledge about the role of spatial contexts, learning processes, and the co-evolution of technological, economical, and socio-political processes has been prominently addressed. Bridging approaches from Transition Studies and perspectives of Economic Geography, the paper presents conceptual ideas for an evolutionary and relational understanding of urban sustainability transitions. The paper introduces new perspectives on sustainability transitions towards a better understanding of socio-spatial contexts.

Keywords: sustainability transitions; economic geography; urban innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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