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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1254; doi:10.3390/su9071254

Accelerating Transition Dynamics in City Regions: A Qualitative Modeling Perspective

VITO (Flanders Institute for Technological Research)/EnergyVille, 2400 Mol, Belgium
Boğaziçi University Istanbul, 34342 Istanbul, Turkey
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, 1220 Vienna, Austria
DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute For Transitions), Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Received: 31 May 2017 / Revised: 10 July 2017 / Accepted: 12 July 2017 / Published: 18 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Governance for Sustainability)
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In this article, we take stock of the findings from conceptual and empirical work on the role of transition initiatives for accelerating transitions as input for modeling acceleration dynamics. We applied the qualitative modeling approach of causal loop diagrams to capture the dynamics of a single transition initiative evolving within its regional context. In doing so, we aim to address two key challenges in transition modeling, namely conceptualization, and the framing of empirical insights obtained for various case study regions in a consistent modeling framework. Our results show that through this systematic approach one can translate conceptual and qualitative empirical work into a transition model design. Moreover, the causal loop diagrams can be used as discussion tools to support dialogue among researchers and stakeholders, and may support a comparison of transition dynamics across case-study regions. We reflect on main limitations related to empirical model validation (lack of data) and to model structure (high level of aggregation), and describe next steps for moving from a qualitative single transition initiative to a quantitative multiple transition initiatives model. View Full-Text
Keywords: acceleration; sustainability transitions; transition initiatives; transition governance; qualitative modeling; causal loop diagrams acceleration; sustainability transitions; transition initiatives; transition governance; qualitative modeling; causal loop diagrams

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Valkering, P.; Yücel, G.; Gebetsroither-Geringer, E.; Markvica, K.; Meynaerts, E.; Frantzeskaki, N. Accelerating Transition Dynamics in City Regions: A Qualitative Modeling Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1254.

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