Exploring social structures and agency in backcasting studies for sustainable development
2011 (English)In: Technological forecasting & social change, ISSN 0040-1625, E-ISSN 1873-5509, Vol. 78, no 5, 872-882 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper examines how social structures and agency have been included in backcasting studies for sustainable development. For this purpose an analytical framework was developed, based on what objects of change (whats), measures (hows) and change agents (whos) are included in the scenario, and to which extent these are approached in an explorative way. Through reviewing a number of backcasting studies it was found that these typically are built upon and elaborated with a predominant focus on the questions of what and how physical/technical aspects could change. Social objects of change and explicit representation or analysis of the question of who could change is rarely included in the analysis. This unbalance brings a number of implications. Firstly, not including social structures and agency obstructs developing socio-technically consistent and comprehensive scenarios. Secondly, through not addressing the questions of how to change and change by whom in an explicit and explorative way, social structures and agency become represented only implicitly and/or are maintained according to the status quo.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 78, no 5, 872-882 p.
Backcasting, Socio-technical, Social; Agency, Change agent
Other Civil Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-35107DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2011.03.007ISI: 000291139100009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79955473406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-35107DiVA: diva2:428749
QC 201107012011-07-012011-06-202012-05-14Bibliographically approved