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Les territoires de l'innovation "durable": des milieux locaux à la communication "responsable". Les cas du photovoltaïque et de la finance durable en Suisse occidentale

Christian Livi (), Pedro Araujo () and Olivier Crevoisier
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Thierry Theurillat

No 05-12, GRET Publications and Working Papers from GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel

Abstract: In a context of globalization characterized by increasing concerns about sustainable development, the roles of innovative milieus have to be reconsidered. Our contribution discusses the territorialities of “sustainable innovations” and identifies the specific actor relations and forms of localization they imply. This paper proposes a reading of territorial dynamics, economic and social conditions for "sustainable" innovation in the photovoltaic and the sustainable finance industries in western Switzerland. In contrast to the traditional theory of innovative milieus – where innovation processes are mainly supply-oriented – we show that sustainable innovations imply redefining relations to consumers and users. To tackle this issue, we propose an approach based on the convention of sustainability. We finally conclude with a reflection on the concept of innovative milieu regarding cognitive, financial and discursive issues.

Keywords: Sustainable innovation; innovative milieu; territory; photovoltaic industry; sustainable finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D71 D81 G1 G23 Q01 R11 R51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2012-05
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