Energy Policy Seminar

Date: 

Monday, September 20, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability, University of Manchester, will present “Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions.”

Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability, University of Manchester, will present “Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions.”

While modelling approaches usefully analyze on techno-economic dynamics, this seminar is about the socio-technical dynamics of low-carbon transitions, focusing on actors and social interactions in relation to technological innovation and diffusion. Prof. Geels will synthesize insights from innovation studies, political science, and history of technology into a ‘big picture’ Multi-Level Perspective, conceptualizing transitions as involving struggles between radical niche-innovations and entrenched socio-technical systems. These struggles vary across different transition phases: emergence, diffusion, and reconfiguration. Prof. Geels will discuss and illustrate the different phases and draw out policy implications for deep decarbonization. HKS Professor William Clark will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

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