This book shows that sustainable development should be analysed and managed as an innovation journey in which social, technological, political and cultural dimensions become aligned. The ‘journey’ aspect captures the open and uncertain nature of sustainable developments and highlights the agency dimension, with actors navigating, negotiating, groping and struggling their way forward (and sometimes backward). The book addresses the following research questions: What are the key processes and micro-dynamics of innovation journeys? Which policy lessons can be drawn for managing sustainable innovation journeys? To conceptualize the multi-dimensional nature of innovation journeys the book draws on insights from industrial economics, evolutionary economics, sociology of technology, political science and cultural studies. The book develops several new conceptual frameworks that make different crossovers between these disciplines. These frameworks are empirically tested with case studies on biofuels, onshore wind power, low energy housing, photovoltaic solar cells, biomass and fuel cells. The empirical studies are also used to derive several robust lessons as to how policy makers can influence sustainable innovation journeys. This book was published as a special issue of Technology Analysis & Strategic Management.
1. The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys Frank W. Geels, Marko P. Hekkert and Staffan Jacobsson
2. Strategic niche management and sustainable innovation journeys: theory, findings, research agenda, and policy Johan Schot and Frank W. Geels
3. Multi-niche analysis of dynamics and policies in Dutch renewable energy innovation journeys (1970–2006): hype-cycles, closed networks and technology-focused learning Geert Verbong, Frank W. Geels and Rob Raven
4. ‘Legitimation’ and ‘development of positive externalities’: two key processes in the formation phase of technological innovation systems Anna Bergek, Staffan Jacobsson and Björn A. Sandén
5. Cumulative causation in biofuels development: a critical comparison of the Netherlands and Sweden Karl M. Hillman, Roald A.A. Suurs, Marko P. Hekkert and Björn A. Sandén
6. Discourse and innovation journeys: the case of low energy housing in the UK Heather Lovell
7. Socio-political embedding of onshore wind power in the Netherlands and North Rhine–Westphalia Susanne Agterbosch and Sylvia Breukers