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The Multi-Pattern Approach for Systematic Analysis of Transition Pathways

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Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 318; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020318
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 10 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Policy Pathways for Sustainability)
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Abstract

Pathways have become a central notion in various areas of research, amongst which are the studies of transitions to sustainability. Though various typologies and concepts are available, a framework for systematic analysis of transition pathways is lacking. We present the Multi-Pattern Approach (MPA) to fill this lacuna and provide a step-by-step manual for its application. The MPA addresses a range of traditional challenges of transitions’ pathway analysis, such as temporal and functional system demarcation and the unravelling of complex, interrelated systemic storylines. The approach provides an oft-called for rigour which allows a diagrammatic and formulaic representation of transitions’ pathways. Because of these qualities, the approach allows systematic cross-case comparison and provides a bridge between narrative-based and computational transitions research. The approach is demonstrated with an in-depth empirical case study of water management in Melbourne, Australia over the last 180 years. The article first presents a high-level mapping of the system’s evolution over time and a detailed analysis of the uptake and phasing out of specific servicing technologies and practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability transitions; pathways; multi-pattern approach; urban water; analysis; modelling sustainability transitions; pathways; multi-pattern approach; urban water; analysis; modelling
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