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Portrait Lea Fünfschilling. Photo: Emma Lord.

Lea Fünfschilling

Associate Professor | Senior Lecturer

Portrait Lea Fünfschilling. Photo: Emma Lord.

An institutional perspective on sustainability transitions

Author

  • Lea Fuenfschilling

Editor

  • Frank Boons
  • Andrew McMeekin

Summary, in English

This chapter introduces an institutional perspective on sustainability transitions. Sustainability transitions entail the destabilization and de-institutionalization of existing socio-technical regimes in various industries and the creation and diffusion, hence institutionalization, of new, potentially more sustainable socio-technical configurations. Institutional theory thus provides excellent insights into such processes of institutional change, explaining both the durability of current regimes as well as sources of innovation and change. The chapter reviews some of the basic assumptions in research on sustainability transitions and discusses their relationship with and consequences for processes of institutional change. It also outlines different avenues of research in institutional theory that offer fruitful explanations for transition dynamics – for example, organizational fields, institutional logics, institutional work or institutional complexity.

Department/s

  • CIRCLE

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Pages

219-236

Publication/Series

Handbook of Sustainable Innovation

Document type

Book chapter

Publisher

Edward Elgar Publishing

Topic

  • Economics and Business

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISBN: 9781788112574
  • ISBN: 9781788112567