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The role of cities in developing radical innovations: An analysis of niche-development in urban areas based on the Multi-Level Perspective

Clausen, Christian LU (2015) UTVK03 20151
Sociology
Abstract
Thinking up new ideas and solutions might be hard; replacing old ones even more so. Ecological Modernization theory has helped significantly with the former, and now transition scholars are trying to resolve the latter. There is no longer a shortage of ideas on how to tackle issues of sustainability; however, these ideas are often translate into radical technologies that are incompatible with existing societal systems and cultures. These radical innovations need to be protected in form of niches, and brought into society as an increasing amount of people start to adopt and make sense of them. With its high concentration of heterogeneous actors, the city should – in theory – provide an ideal platform for niche development. This paper will... (More)
Thinking up new ideas and solutions might be hard; replacing old ones even more so. Ecological Modernization theory has helped significantly with the former, and now transition scholars are trying to resolve the latter. There is no longer a shortage of ideas on how to tackle issues of sustainability; however, these ideas are often translate into radical technologies that are incompatible with existing societal systems and cultures. These radical innovations need to be protected in form of niches, and brought into society as an increasing amount of people start to adopt and make sense of them. With its high concentration of heterogeneous actors, the city should – in theory – provide an ideal platform for niche development. This paper will discuss problems associated with niche development in urban areas, and offer a new way of conceptualizing cities by expanding on existing concepts of the multi-level perspective. (Less)
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Clausen, Christian LU
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organization
course
UTVK03 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
ecological modernization, multi-level perspective, urban, transition studies
language
English
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5473578
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2015-06-26 08:54:34
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  abstract     = {Thinking up new ideas and solutions might be hard; replacing old ones even more so. Ecological Modernization theory has helped significantly with the former, and now transition scholars are trying to resolve the latter. There is no longer a shortage of ideas on how to tackle issues of sustainability; however, these ideas are often translate into radical technologies that are incompatible with existing societal systems and cultures. These radical innovations need to be protected in form of niches, and brought into society as an increasing amount of people start to adopt and make sense of them. With its high concentration of heterogeneous actors, the city should – in theory – provide an ideal platform for niche development. This paper will discuss problems associated with niche development in urban areas, and offer a new way of conceptualizing cities by expanding on existing concepts of the multi-level perspective.},
  author       = {Clausen, Christian},
  keyword      = {ecological modernization,multi-level perspective,urban,transition studies},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The role of cities in developing radical innovations: An analysis of niche-development in urban areas based on the Multi-Level Perspective},
  year         = {2015},
}