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Social-ecological Resilience and Socio-technical Transitions: Critical Issues for Sustainability Governance

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Adrian
dc.contributor.author Stirling, Andy
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-25T17:41:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-25T17:41:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8247
dc.description.abstract "Technology contributes both positively and negatively to the resilience of social-ecological systems, but is not considered in depth in that literature. A technology-focused literature on socio-technical transitions shares some of the complex adaptive systems sensibilities of social-ecological systems research. It is considered by others to provide a bridging opportunity to share lessons concerning the governance of both. We contend that lessons must not be restricted to advocacy of flexible, learning-oriented approaches, but must also be open to the critical challenges that confront these approaches. Here, we focus on the critical lessons arising from reactions to a transition management approach to governing transitions to sustainable socio-technical regimes. Moreover, we suggest it is important to bear in mind the different problems each literature addresses, and be cautious about transposing lessons between the two. Nevertheless, questions for transition management about who governs, whose system framings count, and whose sustainability gets prioritised are pertinent to social-ecological systems research. They suggest an agenda that explores critically the kinds of resilience that are helpful or unhelpful, and for whom, and with what social purposes in mind." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher STEPS Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries STEPS Working Paper 8 en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.title Social-ecological Resilience and Socio-technical Transitions: Critical Issues for Sustainability Governance en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Brighton, UK en_US

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