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Markard, Jochen
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Wells, Peter
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Yap, Xiao-Shan
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van Lente, Harro
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2023-10-20T08:44:38Z
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2023-10-20T03:58:38Z
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2023-10-20T08:44:38Z
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2023-12
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2214-6296
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10.1016/j.erss.2023.103302
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http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11850/637620
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10.3929/ethz-b-000637620
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While transitions research has pursued a successful research agenda around how to improve established socio-technical systems in terms of sustainability, it has missed out, among other things, on innovations that make, or keep, societies less sustainable. In our paper, we explore two innovations in different stages of development: Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and space tourism. SUVs entrench an existing socio-technical system and reproduce problematic practices, while space tourism might create a whole new, unsustainable system. We make three contributions. First, we introduce ‘unsustainabilities’ as a new term for technologies, institutions and practices that make, or keep, societies less sustainable. With this we direct attention to developments and structures that undermine ongoing sustainability transitions. Second, we distinguish unsustainabilities associated with socio-technical configurations, socio-technical systems, and meta-structures (spanning multiple systems). Third, we argue that precautionary policies will be needed in early stages of innovation, when there is still room to avoid unsustainable transitions.
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en
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Elsevier
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Unsustainable developments
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Precautionary policies
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Socio-technical transitions
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Needs
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Mobility
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Space
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dc.title
Unsustainabilities: A study on SUVs and Space Tourism and a research agenda for transition studies
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Journal Article
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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2023-10-14
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Energy Research & Social Science
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106
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103302
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13 p.
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publishedVersion
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Amsterdam
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published
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2023-10-20T03:58:39Z
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