Translation mechanisms in socio-technical niches: A case study of Dutch river management

Rob P.J.M. Raven, Geert P.J. Verbong, Wouter F. Schilpzand, Marten J. Witkamp

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This paper makes three contributions to the field of transition research. First, it sheds light on how the concept of translation can contribute to a better understanding of agency in niche development. Second, it articulates how the local-global distinction in the strategic niche management (SNM) approach relates to the levels in the multi-level perspective. Third, the article is empirically novel by presenting a radical sustainable innovation in Dutch water management ('New Rivers').

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1063-1078
Number of pages16
JournalTechnology Analysis & Strategic Management
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • river management
  • strategic niche management
  • sustainability transitions
  • translations

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