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The Resilience of Sustainability Transitions

Laboratory for Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), Swiss Mobiliar Chair in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Living, Institute of Environmental Engineering (IIE), School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4593;
Received: 25 October 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
Finding ways to understand, analyze, and manage sustainability transitions is a fundamental challenge for sustainability science. In this paper, we show how we can substantially deepen our understanding of factors that determine the success of sustainability transitions by combining two key concepts from the resilience literature—stability and adaptability—with a dynamic understanding of the progress of socio-technical transitions. We propose a conceptual perspective for sustainability transitions, the resilience of sustainability transitions (RST) concept, which integrates progress, stability, and adaptability as key dimensions to comprehend the dynamics of sustainability transitions. In a case analysis of the energy transition process in the Austrian region of Weiz-Gleisdorf, we apply the concept. In doing so, we illustrate how RST thinking helps identify and understand crucial elements that influence the dynamics of a sustainability transition process. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; transitions; resilience; energy sustainability; transitions; resilience; energy
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Schilling, T.; Wyss, R.; Binder, C.R. The Resilience of Sustainability Transitions. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4593.

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