Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

No 2021/15: The geography of environmental innovation: A critical review and agenda for future research

Sebastian Losacker (), Hendrik Hansmeier (), Jens Horbach () and Ingo Liefner ()
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Sebastian Losacker: University Hannover, Postal: Germany
Hendrik Hansmeier: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Postal: Germany
Jens Horbach: University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Postal: Germany
Ingo Liefner: University Hannover, Postal: Germany

Abstract: Environmental innovations make an important contribution to solving ecological and climate crises. Although these crises are global phenomena, the regional dimension plays a crucial role, as regions both provide the conditions for the development of environmental innovations and promote widespread use and diffusion. Against this background, this article has two objectives. Firstly, we critically review the state of research on regional determinants of environmental innovation. Secondly, based on these results, we develop an agenda for further research in regional studies that will help to better understand the geography of environmental innovation and to come up with useful region-specific policy recommendations.

Keywords: environmental innovation; geography of innovation; sustainability transitions; regional development; geography of transitions

JEL-codes: O31; O33; Q55; R11

Language: English

23 pages, December 17, 2021

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