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Action modelling research for sociotechnical transitions

Papachristos, G; Kohler, J; Halbe, J; (2018) Action modelling research for sociotechnical transitions. In: McMeekin, A, (ed.) (Proceedings) IST2018, 9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 12 - 14 June 2018, Manchester, UK. Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) (In press). Green open access

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Transitions are multi-actor, multilevel, multi-factor processes that involve periods of instability that may result in changes to social, political and economic structures. This means that society is faced with a very high level of uncertainty as to the possible pathways of change and the impacts of policy actions. These challenges mean that there is a need to consider not just the structure and theory of analysis, but the ways in which research can reach across policy makers and other transition stakeholders. These two points define a spectrum of engagement for transition research between macro level, policy-oriented transition studies carried out with modelling and simulation and case specific work that involves direct engagement with stakeholders and focuses on local or regional issues, such as urban transitions. A middle of the way approach is action-based research. The research question addressed by this paper is: how can action modelling of sustainability transitions enable stakeholders to address the high level of uncertainty in considering sustainability transitions? The paper explores the potential that lies at the intersection of action research practice, transition research, and transition modelling and simulation. We review current research methods that involve modelling research and stakeholders and identify areas where this combination has something to offer: (i) participatory modelling and organizational change, (ii) expert based modelling for policy making and negotiation, (iii) renewable energy communities, (iv) interactive models for role playing games. We discuss some of the approaches used and draw conclusions for future climate mitigation processes.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Action modelling research for sociotechnical transitions
Event: IST2018, 9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 12 - 14 June 2018, Manchester, UK
Location: Manchester, UK
Dates: 11 June 2018 - 14 August 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://transitionsnetwork.org/past-ist-conference...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: participatory modelling, action research, transitions, sustainability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055041
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