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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 424; doi:10.3390/su9030424

Boundary Bridging Arrangements: A Boundary Work Approach to Local Energy Transitions

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Centre for Religion, Economy, and Politics, University of Basel, Nadelberg 10, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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Honorary Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 17 December 2016 / Revised: 30 January 2017 / Accepted: 6 March 2017 / Published: 15 March 2017
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Abstract

Local energy transitions involve various types of actors (e.g., politicians, businesses, public administrators, and citizens) that differ in their objectives, values, problem-related perspectives, and professional jargons: these differences risk deterring the collaboration that is needed to pursue energy transitions as encompassing socio-technological transformations. Based on a boundary work-approach, this contribution studies the interplay of actors in these transitions. The approach suggests that boundary bridging arrangements (e.g., boundary objects, boundary settings, and boundary organizations) evolve in local energy transitions, facilitating communication across the boundaries between the various types of actors. In applying the boundary work approach to the energy transitions in two German cities, the article explores the potentials and limitations of this approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: boundary work; energy transition; cities; collaboration; boundary objects; boundary organizations; governance; low carbon transition; interfaces boundary work; energy transition; cities; collaboration; boundary objects; boundary organizations; governance; low carbon transition; interfaces
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Koehrsen, J. Boundary Bridging Arrangements: A Boundary Work Approach to Local Energy Transitions. Sustainability 2017, 9, 424.

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