The geography of sustainability transitions: Contours of an emerging theme

Bernhard Truffer, James T. Murphy, Rob Raven

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Transition research has recently been criticized to lack of geographically sensitive concepts to address sustainability transitions and environmental innovation processes. This has generated a number of suggestions how space, place and scale can be better incorporated into transitions studies. Moreover, it has led to a quickly growing number of empirical studies that explicitly deal with geographical aspects of transition processes. This special issue takes stock of these recent developments by assembling a set of eight exemplary papers that illustrate the added value of an explicitly geographical perspective on sustainability transitions. The contributions include a conceptual paper, a literature review and six empirical papers that offer representative examples of recent work. Taken together, these contributions testify to the vitality of the emerging research on the geography of sustainability transitions. This introduction to the special issue provides an overview of the special issue and offers suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Geography of transitions
  • place
  • power
  • scale
  • space

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