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Scaling up sustainable innovation: actors, institutions and geographies

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A new phase in the transition to a more sustainable society has arrived: Sustainable innovations are now scaling up. From electric vehicles to decentralized energy, new technologies and organizational forms are diffusing in different institutional contexts around the globe. These developments lead to new questions for researchers interested in sustainability. How can we conceptualize upscaling of sustainable innovation? How can different technologies best be integrated with each other as they diffuse? Can we accelerate diffusion and ensure innovation really contributes to sustainability? In this workshop we bring together recent insights on these questions from organizational studies, sustainability transition studies, and geography. The papers each highlight the role of a specific actor in scaling up innovation, in the context of a surrounding system. We use examples from energy, mobility and water with a focus throughout the workshop on identifying connections between empirical contexts and theoretical perspectives. The workshop is the first in a series of seminars on Sustainable Innovation organized by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

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10:00 Introduction

10:30 Organizations and Institutions

The rise of the platform economy: An institutional perspective. Professor Koen Frenken, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

New technologies in decentralised energy projects: Role reconfiguration as a means of institutional change? Dr. Aoife Brophy Haney, School of Geography and Environment and Saïd Business School, Oxford University

Ambitions and typologies of circular start-ups: Evidence from Amsterdam, Berlin and London. Marvin Henry, Mckinsey & Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

Automated freight vehicles: sustainable innovation(s)? Dr. Debbie Hopkins, Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Users

Assemblages and diffusion in transitions: A case of electric vehicle users. Toon Meelen, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

Embedding innovations in oscillating domestic spaces: Analysing sanitation practices in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Professor Bernhard Truffer, Department Environmental & Social Sciences, EAWAG institute, Dübendorf, Switzerland. // Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

Scaling or repeating? Diffusion of grassroots innovations in walking and cycling infrastructure in São Paulo and London. Dr. Tim Schwanen, Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University

15:00 Future research directions and closing


This event is organised by Dr. Aoife Brophy Haney, Oxford University & Toon Meelen, Utrecht University

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