Discovering sustainability: A transition approach towards sustainable development

Derk Loorbach, Niki Frantzeskaki, J Meadowcroft

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The concepts of transition and transition management offer a fruitful context for cooperation and debate among scientists, policy makers, and corporate actors. Transition management and transition approach in general provide an integrative approach to analyze and formulate an unconventional pathway towards sustainability. Transitions’ approach is not to achieve fixed goals, but to gradually work towards common ambitions through innovation, integration, and co-evolution. A transition to sustainability is an open-ended societal process of fundamental change in structure, culture and practices that comply with the sustainability values. In this paper we address not only what is a transitions’ approach, but also what transition management can offer to policy makers who position sustainability at the core of the development. Process-oriented tenets of transition management as well as propositions in face of global and local challenges to sustainability are analyzed.
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2009
EventIHDP Conference on Governance and Sustainability - Bonn
Duration: 28 Apr 200928 Apr 2009


ConferenceIHDP Conference on Governance and Sustainability

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