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No 2013/39:
The Geography of Sustainability Transitions: A Literature Review

Teis Hansen () and Lars Coenen ()

Abstract: This review covers the recent literature on the geography of sustainability transitions which has recently expanded considerably. The first aim of the review is to clarify the position of geographical thought in different contributions which have adopted an explicitly geographical perspective to understand key spatial issues of sustainability transitions. The second aim is to take stock with the theoretical and empirical insights which have been achieved in this literature and their internal coherence. The review synthesises insights following from both contextual analyses of particular settings in which transitions are embedded and studies of the geography of inter-organisational linkages of importance for transition processes. In this way, the review introduces researchers with an interest in the field of geography of sustainability transitions to the theoretical and empirical results obtained up to now and it highlight those areas which need further work

Keywords: Geography; sustainability transitions; space; scale; context; proximity; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O13; O33; Q01; Q55; R11; (follow links to similar papers)

24 pages, December 18, 2013

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