A socio-technical analysis of low-carbon transitions: introducing the multi-level perspective into transport studies

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Abstract

Climate change and deep cuts in CO 2 emissions require transitions to new kinds of transport systems. To understand the dynamics of these transitions, this paper introduces a socio-technical approach which goes beyond technology fix or behaviour change. Systemic transitions entail co-evolution and multi-dimensional interactions between industry, technology, markets, policy, culture and civil society. A multi-level perspective (MLP) is presented as a heuristic framework to analyze these interactions. The paper aims to introduce the MLP into transport studies and to show its usefulness through an application to the auto-mobility system in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. This application aims to assess the drivers, barriers and possible pathways for low-carbon transitions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-482
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

Keywords

  • Low-carbon
  • Multi-level perspective
  • Socio-technical transitions
  • Transport systems

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