|Type of Structure:||network / framework activity|
|Parent Organisations:||member driven|
|Duration :||2010 to present|
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General information and objectivesTransitions research is a new approach to sustainable development (SD) and is drawing on several inputs: complexity theory, integrated assessment, STS, innovation studies, history, governance studies, reflexive modernization, but is also developing its own core set of questions and theories. Major research efforts of a number of European research institutes in recent years have advanced knowledge of transitions to sustainability, particularly in the field of a broad understanding of how major, radical transformations unfold and what drives them. We have learned that change involves more than technology alone. Rather, technical changes need to be seen in their institutional and social context, generating the notion of ‘socio-technical (s-t) systems’, which are often stable and path dependent, and therefore difficult to change. Under certain conditions and over time, the relationships within s-t systems can become reconfigured and replaced in a process that may be called a system innovation or a transition.