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Demand Centre seminar: Harald Rohracher on Governing sociotechnical transitions towards sustainable energy systems: conceptual challenges and implications for demand

Date: 19 February 2013 Time: 12.00-2.00 pm

Venue: IAS Meeting Room 2

Innovation and technology policies are increasingly focusing on so-called 'grand challenges' such as climate change mitigation or energy security. Analysing such challenges from a science and technology studies point of view draws our attention to a dilemma: On the one hand, concepts and empirical analyses of socio-technical change teach us how messy such processes are, how they depend on various contingencies and distributed action which in practice is hardly coordinated. On the other hand, we will have to deal with those transformation processes in one way or another and try to collectively shape socio-technical change.

In this talk, Harald Rohracher will explore some of the conceptual challenges presented by this dilemma, focusing especially on issues of demand. Harald Rohracher is from Linköping University, Sweden.

All welcome.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Associated staff: Elizabeth Shove

Organising departments and research centres: Sociology


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