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Greg McVerry

Understanding Socio-technical Change A System-Network-Agent Approach -Catherine Miluska CHIONG MEZA

Although these changes are often enabled by new technology, they involve other elements,such as social and economic ones. Such conjugations of several processes of change arereferred to as ‘transitions’ and generally involve time spans of several years.

  • Transitions take place to serve a need
  • Transitions are complex phenomena
  • Transitions occur without interventions or through sspecific social desire(...or both, my thought)
  • Transitions happen at different speeds

As societies desire to achieve a sustainable existence and to preserve their lifestyles, they sometimes need to undergo certain transitions

Sounds a lot like the web right now.

Each actor has his or her own problems, interests and resources (H. de Bruijn & ten Heuvelhof, 2000; Teisman, 1998), but for a transition to happen they aredependent on each other; the interacting actors should form a network.

 (Kemp, 1994) It is a change in our basic technologies of production, transport and consumption rather than modifications of existing products and processes or the adoption of end-of-pipe technologies

(Rotmans, et al., 2001)Transition is a gradual, continuous process of change where the structural character of a society (or a complex sub-system of society) transforms.

(Rotmans, 2003) A transition is a structural societal change resulting from the mutual influence and mutual reinforcement of developments in the domains of economics, culture, technology, institutions and nature & environment.

(Rotmans, 2005b) A transition is a structural societal change that is the result of economic, cultural, technological, institutional as well as environmental developments, which both influence and strengthen each other (Rotmans et al. 2000).

(Elzen & Wieczorek, 2005) A transition denotes a long-term change in an encompassing system that serves a basic societal function (e.g. food production and consumption, mobility, energy supply and use, communication, etc.).

(Geels, 2006) Transitions from one techno economic paradigm to another are complex and co-evolutionary processes. A new technology emerges in a world that is still dominated by the old paradigm, and demonstrates its advantages first in one or a few sectors.

(Loorbach, 2007) Transitions are transformation processes in which existing structures, institutions, culture and practices are broken down and new ones are established.

(Voß, et al., 2009) Transitions to sustainability consequently imply a destabilizing of existing socio-technical structures as well as nurturing alternative systems that can fill the opportunities created by structural change.

(Frantzeskaki & Haan, 2009) A transition is understood as having occurred when the societal system functions in a different way for which the composition of the societal system had to change fundamentally



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