Urban low carbon transitions: institution-building and prospects for interventions in social practice

Horne, R and Moloney, S 2019, 'Urban low carbon transitions: institution-building and prospects for interventions in social practice', European Planning Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 336-354.


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Title Urban low carbon transitions: institution-building and prospects for interventions in social practice
Author(s) Horne, R
Moloney, S
Year 2019
Journal name European Planning Studies
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 336
End page 354
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract As we witness increasing numbers and range of low carbon experiments, attention inevitably turns to how they are sustained and whether they can generate more systemic change in carbon-related consumption. This paper responds to the 'spatial turn' in socio-technical transitions, and the 'practice turn' in social theory to consider the role of intermediary organizations in potential shifts from experiments to institutional arrangements favouring transitions. Through the example of Climate Change Alliances in Victoria, Australia, the paper examines how such intermediary organizations seek to experiment and in so doing contribute towards institution building. With a focus on the interstitial spaces between local authorities, regional firms, agencies, and state governments we speculate on the prospects for systemic change given the resources, positioning and social strategies of the Alliances as intermediary institution builders.
Subject Urban Policy
Keyword(s) intermediaries
Low carbon
social practice
socio-technical transitions
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09654313.2018.1472745
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN 0965-4313
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