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Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Regional Studies

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  • Bernhard Truffer
  • Lars Coenen

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T ruffer B. and C oenen L. Environmental innovation and sustainability transitions in regional studies, Regional Studies . Sustainable development and environmental innovations have received increasing attention in regional studies and the related literature. In how far sustainability concerns might also lead to fundamental transformations in technologies, industries and lifestyles (so-called sustainability transitions) has, however, found much less resonance. Sustainability transitions have been in the focus of scholars from the field of innovation studies. However, until recently, these approaches mostly disregarded spatial aspects. This paper therefore maps out a field of future research -- the geography of sustainability transitions -- that might be beneficially laboured by both traditions. The paper introduces the core concepts, but also the limitations of the transitions literature. After reviewing salient lines of sustainability-related research in regional studies, the paper specifies promising research areas at the interface between both fields. Empirical illustrations will be provided from recent work in sustainability transitions research venturing into this interface. T ruffer B. and C oenen L. 区域研究中的环境创&# x65B0;与可持续性转型, 33A;域研究。可持续发ׅ 5;与环境创新在区域研 究与相关领域正得到&# x6301;续的关注。然而, BF9;于可持续性的考量ղ 8;多大程度可能导致技 术、产业以及生活方&# x5F0F;(所谓的可持续性 F6C;型)发生根本性转Խ 8;并未得到充分的研究 论证。可持续性转型&# x867D;已成为创新研究领 7DF;的关注重点,然而ࣼ 4;今为止,上述研究方 法都忽略了空间要素&# x3002;本文在综合上述两 927;研究领域的基础上࿰ C;勾勒了未来可能的研 究方向—可持续性转&# x578B;的地理学。本文引 ECB;了转型研究中的核׼ 3;概念并指出其局限性 。在回顾了《区域研&# x7A76;》中有关可持续性 684;研究后,本文明确Ө 6;上述两个领域中有前 景的交叉研究领域, 并提供了目前在可持&# x7EED;性转型方面的实证 814;究。 可持续性 环境创新&# x2003;转型地理学 T ruffer B. et C oenen L. L'innovation écologique et le transition à la durabilité dans les études régionales, Regional Studies . Récemment, on a prêté beaucoup plus d'attention dans les études régionales et dans la documentation connexe au développement durable et aux innovations écologiques. Cependant, il s'avère que le point jusqu'auquel la question de la durabilité pourrait entraîner des transformations fondamentales de la technologie, de l'industrie et du style de vie (les soi-disant passages à la durabilité) a fait beaucoup moins d’écho. Les passages à la durabilité sont dans les collimateurs des spécialistes des études de l'innovation. Cependant, jusqu’à récemment, ces façons n'ont pas tenu compte pour la plupart des effets spatiaux. Cet article cherche alors à esquisser un champ de recherche future -- à savoir, la géographie de transitions à la durabilité -- au profit des deux traditions. L'article introduit les notions centrales mais également les limites de la documentation sur les transitions. Une fois fait la critique dans regional studies du bien-fondé de la recherche, l'article précise des champs de recherche prometteurs à l'interface des deux domaines. On fournit des exemples empiriques provenant du travail récent à propos de la recherche sur les passages à la durabilité qui s'aventure dans cette interface. Durabilité Innovations écologiques Géographie de transitions T ruffer B. und C oenen L. Innovationen im Umweltbereich und Nachhaltigkeits-Transitionen in der Regionalwissenschaft, Regional Studies . In regionalwissenschaftlichen Studien und der dazugehörigen Literatur spielen nachhaltige Entwicklung und Innovationen im Umweltbereich eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Viel weniger Beachtung findet hingegen die Frage, inwiefern Bedenken hinsichtlich der Nachhaltigkeit auch zu grundlegenden Veränderungen bei den Technologien, Wirtschaftssektoren und Lebensgewohnheiten (so genannten Nachhaltigkeits-Transitionen) führen können. Für Wissenschaftler im Bereich der Innovationsstudien sind Nachhaltigkeits-Transitionen ein zentrales Thema. Allerdings wurden bei diesen Ansätzen räumliche Aspekte bis vor Kurzem größtenteils außer Acht gelassen. In diesem Beitrag wird daher ein künftiges Forschungsgebiet -- die Geografie von Nachhaltigkeits-Transitionen -- entworfen, in dem sich beide Traditionen nutzbringend betätigen könnten. Vorgestellt werden die zentralen Konzepte, aber auch die Grenzen der Tranistionsliteratur. Nach einer Überprüfung der sich abzeichnenden Linien der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in regional studies definieren wir in diesem Beitrag vielversprechende Forschungsgebiete an der Schnittstelle zwischen den beiden Bereichen. Ebenso liefern wir empirische Illustrationen anhand der aktuellen Forschungsarbeit über Nachhaltigkeits-Transitionen, die sich im Bereich dieser Schnittstelle bewegt. Nachhaltigkeit Innovationen im Umweltbereich Geografie der Transitionen T ruffer B. y C oenen L. Innovación medioambiental y transiciones de sostenibilidad en estudios regionales, Regional Studies . El desarrollo sostenible y las innovaciones medioambientales últimamente han recibido una mayor atención en los estudios regionales y la bibliografía relacionada. Sin embargo, ha tenido mucha menos resonancia la cuestión de en qué medida las preocupaciones relativas a la sostenibilidad podrían llevar también a transformaciones fundamentales en las tecnologías, las industrias y los estilos de vida (las denominadas transiciones de sostenibilidad). Las transiciones de sostenibilidad han sido un tema principal entre los académicos del campo de estudios de innovación. No obstante, hasta ahora en estos enfoques se solían ignorar los aspectos espaciales. Por tanto, en este artículo analizamos un campo de futura investigación --la geografía de las transiciones de sostenibilidad-- en el que podrían trabajar beneficiosamente ambas tradiciones. Aquí introducimos los conceptos básicos pero también las limitaciones de la bibliografía sobre transiciones. Después de revisar las líneas destacadas de la investigación relacionada con la sostenibilidad en regional studies, en este artículo especificamos las áreas de investigación prometedoras en la interfaz entre ambos campos. También aportamos ilustraciones empíricas del trabajo reciente en la investigación sobre transiciones de sostenibilidad que explora esta interfaz. Sostenibilidad Innovaciones medioambientales Geografía de las transiciones

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Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (November)
Pages: 1-21

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  1. Davide Antonioli & Simone Borghesi & Massimiliano Mazzanti, 2014. "Are Regional Systems Greening the Economy? the Role of Environmental Innovations and Agglomeration Forces," Working Papers 2014.42, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Coenen , Lars & Moodysson , Jerker & Martin , Hanna, 2013. "Renewal of mature industry in an old industrial region: regional innovation policy and the co-evolution of institutions and technology," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2013/7, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  3. Marta Olazabal & Unai Pascual, 2013. "Identifying social determinants of urban low carbon transitions: the case of energy transition in Bilbao, Basque Country," Working Papers 2013-11, BC3.
  4. Coenen, Lars & Benneworth, Paul & Truffer, Bernhard, 2012. "Toward a spatial perspective on sustainability transitions," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 968-979.
  5. Giuliani, Elisa, 2014. "Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries’ Industrial Clusters," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2014/9, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  6. Ron Boschma, 2014. "Towards an evolutionary perspective on regional resilience," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1409, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Mar 2014.
  7. Markard, Jochen & Raven, Rob & Truffer, Bernhard, 2012. "Sustainability transitions: An emerging field of research and its prospects," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 955-967.
  8. Hansen , Teis & Coenen , Lars, 2013. "The Geography of Sustainability Transitions: A Literature Review," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2013/39, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.

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