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Technological innovation and transformation perspectives in environmental futures studies for transport and mobility
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Environmental Strategies (moved 20130630).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5327-6535
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, ISSN 1740-2816, E-ISSN 1740-2824, Vol. 3, no 1, 95-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Futures studies such as technology foresight and backcasting are concerned with changes in society and technological transformation in a long-term perspective, but are also recognising the importance of today's choices in technology on future modes of production and consumption. Strategic planning and Technology Assessment (TA) are two areas where futures studies are used to explore alternative future scenarios in order to support decision-making processes. Hence, it is of importance to get a thorough understanding of assumptions made about environmental effects from new technology and drivers for change in futures studies. In this paper technological innovation and transformation perspectives in environmental futures studies are analysed. The aim is to explore the different roles of technology change in the development towards more environmentally sustainable transport in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 3, no 1, 95-115 p.
Keyword [en]
Constructive Technology Assessment, CTA, Environmental futures studies, Scenarios, Sustainable transport and mobility
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6297DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2007.011437Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34548573381OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6297DiVA: diva2:10974
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Uppdaterad från submitted till published: 20101027. QC 20101027

Available from: 2005-09-13 Created: 2005-09-13 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovation Processes and Environmental Planning: Science and Technology Policies in a Regional Context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Processes and Environmental Planning: Science and Technology Policies in a Regional Context
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The understanding of environmental change and how it is influenced by innovation processes and advances in science and technology is multifaceted given the inherent uncertainty of the pace and direction of technology change, but also given the limits to anticipate future environmental effects of new technology.

The doctoral thesis is organised in two parts. The covering essay constitutes the first part and is aimed at introducing the scope of the research; outlining theoretical perspectives and central concepts and positioning the research to other research studies. Reprints of the six papers included in the thesis comprise the second part of the thesis.

The first aim of this doctoral thesis is to contribute to an increased understanding of the conditions for environmental policy and planning through innovation, science policy and technological change. Particular attention is paid to the institutional frameworks for policy processes, public-private interactive policy and strategic planning with futures studies. The second aim is to explore and analyse approaches applied for assessing the output, impact and structure of science in the area of strategic environmental research. This includes an examination of research assessment criteria and an analysis of knowledge networks in strategic environmental research, characterised by socio-economic expectations of generating innovations that benefit the environment through the industrial application of science. Four types of environmental planning are studied using a combined qualitative and quantitative research approach. These are corporate environmental planning, public environmental planning, strategic long-term planning, and strategic science planning targeting advances in science and technology to attain environmental objectives.

The findings of the study show that institutional frameworks of science and technology policy affecting environmental planning are found in organisational forms, such as science parks, but also in institutions understood as values and norms of the science system. With an increased focus on assessment of research as well as future technology, the findings of the study also contributes by examining approaches applied for assessing the output, structure and impact of research, using bibliometrics and social network analysis in the area of strategic environmental research.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2005. x, 64 p.
Series
Trita-INFRA, ISSN 1651-0216 ; 05:021
Keyword
Innovation, environmental planning, science and technology parks, strategic environmental research, environmental procurement, futures studies
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-416 (URN)91-7323-127-4 (ISBN)
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2005-09-23, L1, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 10:15
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QC 20101027Available from: 2005-09-13 Created: 2005-09-13 Last updated: 2010-10-27Bibliographically approved

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