Making the most of community energies:Three perspectives on grassroots innovation

Smith, Adrian, Hargreaves, Tom, Hielscher, Sabine, Martiskainen, Mari and Seyfang, Gill (2016) Making the most of community energies:Three perspectives on grassroots innovation. Environment and Planning A, 48 (2). pp. 407-432. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

Grassroots innovations for sustainability are attracting increasing policy attention. Drawing upon a wide range of empirical research into community energy in the UK, and taking recent support from national government as a case study, we apply three distinct analytical perspectives: strategic niche management; niche policy advocacy; and critical niches. Whilst the first and second perspectives appear to explain policy influence in grassroots innovation adequately, each also shuts out more transformational possibilities. We therefore argue that, if grassroots innovation is to realise its full potential, then we need to also pursue a third, critical niches perspective, and open up debate about more socially transformative pathways to sustainability.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 23:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57540
DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15597908

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