From the Social Shaping of Technology to the Staging of Temporary Spaces of Innovation - A Case of Participatory Innovation

Christian Clausen, Wendy Gunn

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This paper addresses recent developments within the social shaping perspective, specifically the forward-looking and political dimensions of intervening in processes of innovation. With a focus on the concept of 'temporary spaces' as an analytical framework we present a study of a case on participatory innovation concerned with indoor climate practices in the building sector. Based on an analysis of the travel and uptake of narratives derived from field studies in industrial and research environments, we discuss the role of intermediaries such as ethnographic provocations concerning user practices in the staging of these temporary spaces. While the direct uptake of qualitative knowledge on user practice in the engineering worlds of indoor climate is limited, the paper highlights the role of staging temporary spaces and intermediary objects in collaboration with stakeholders as a way of reframing conceptions of indoor climate practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-94
Number of pages22
JournalScience & Technology Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • indoor climate practices
  • participatory innovation
  • temporary spaces

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