Special Issue "Sustainability and Technological Trajectories of Erosion"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (11 December 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Harro Van Lente
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Guest Editor
Technology & Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interests: sociology of expectations; emerging technologies; sustainability; intermediary organizations; technology assessment; knowledge production
Mr. Zahar Koretsky
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Guest Editor
Technology & Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interests: sustainability transitions; technology assessment; history of technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Clearly, technologies are part and parcel of sustainability issues, both as problem and as solution. When the role of technologies is studied, however, the tendency is to focus on the emergence of new socio-technical arrangements. Yet, what about the fate of old technologies that threaten more sustainable modes of production and consumption? What about the ‘trajectories of erosion, decay, and fossilisation’ as Elisabeth Shove and Gordon Walker (2007) coined the reverse dynamics. This Special Issue comprises papers that describe, characterize and analyze the decline and failure of established technologies.

In this Special Issue we welcome theoretical, empirical and practical contributions from STS, innovation studies, governance studies, transition studies, history, management studies, and other relevant fields. The papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of research results.

Prof. Dr. Harro van Lente
Mr. Zahar Koretsky
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Innovation Dynamics
  • Technology and Society
  • Sustainability Policy
  • Socio-Technical Transitions
  • Technological Regime
  • Innovation Policy
  • Technological Change
  • Promising Technologies

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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