Deep transitions: Emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality

Discipline: EAD5986-1

Concentration area: 12139

Number of Credits: 4

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This discipline aims to discuss a new theoretical framework that explains the emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality of Deep Transitions. It does so through the synthesis of two literatures that have attempted to explain large-scale and long-term socio-technical change: the Multi-level Perspective (MLP) on socio-technical transitions, and Techno-economic Paradigm (TEP) framework.

Industrial society has not only led to high levels of wealth and welfare in the Western world, but also to increasing global ecological degradation and social inequality. The socio-technical systems that underlay contemporary societies have substantially contributed to these outcomes. This discipline proposes that these socio-technical systems are an expression of a limited number of meta-rules that, for the past 250 years, have driven innovation and hence system evolution in a particular direction, thereby constituting the First Deep Transition. Meeting the cumulative social and ecological consequences of the overall direction of the First Deep Transition would require a radical change, not only in socio-technical systems but also in the meta-rules driving their evolution – the Second Deep Transition.

1. Techno-Economic Paradigm
2. Multi-level Perspective
3. Deep Transitions
4. Deep Transitions in Global South
5. Circular Economy and Sustainable Supply Chains

Avaliation methods:
Essay/article about one of the topics presented

Lectures/seminar, with interactive discussions with participants.

1. C. Perez (2010) Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms
Camb. J. Econ., 34 (1) pp. 185-202
2. C. Perez (1983) Structural change and assimilation of new technologies in the economic and social systems Futures, 15 (5) (1983), pp. 357-375
3. F.W. Geels, J. SchotTypology of sociotechnical transition pathways
Res. Policy, 36 (3) (2007), pp. 399-417
4. F.W. Geels, J. SchotThe dynamics of transitions: a socio-technical perspective J. Grin, J. Rotmans, J. Schot in collaboration with F. W. Geels, D. Loorbach (Eds.), Transitions to Sustainable Development: New Directions in the Study of Long Term Transformative Change, Routledge, New York (2010), pp. 11-101
5. J. Schot, A. RipInventing the power of modernization J. Schot, H. Lintsen, A. Rip (Eds.), Technology and the Making of the Netherlands: The Age of Contested Modernization, 1890–1970, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA (2010), pp. 13-46
6. L. Fuenfschilling, C. BinzGlobal Socio-technical Regimes. CIRCLE Papers in Innovation Studies, Paper No. 2017/01 (Available online: http://wp.circle.lu.se/upload/CIRCLE/workingpapers/201701_fuenfschilling_et_al.pdf)
7. L. Fuenfschilling, B. TrufferThe structuration of socio-technical regimes –conceptual foundations from institutional theory
Res. Policy, 43 (4) (2014), pp. 772-791
8. Govindan, K., Soleimani, H., Kannan, D., (2015) Reverse logistics and closed loop supply chain: A comprehensive review to explore the future. European Journal of Operational Research 240 (2015) 603–626: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2014.07.0129.
9. Guide, V. D. R. & Wassenhove, L. N. V., (2009) The Evolution of Closed loop Supply Chain Research. Operations Research 57(1), pp. 10-18
10. Quariguasi Frota Neto, J., Walther, G., Blfcmhof , J., Van Nunen, J.A.E.E & Spengler, T. (2010). From closed loop to sustainable supply chains: the WEEE case. International Journal of Production Research, 48:15, 4463-4481, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207540902906151
11. Prieto-Sandoval, V., Jaca, C., & Ormazabal, M. (2017). Towards a consensus on the circular economy. Journal of Cleaner Production.
12. Schot, J. , Kanger, L.Deep transitions: Emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality. Research Policy (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2018.03.009