The role of users in sustainable innovation

G.P.J. Verbong, B. Verhees, A.J. Wieczorek

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The adoption of sustainable innovations is a highly dynamic process with uncertain outcomes. In order for the sustainability promises to materialize, users will play a key role as they have to embed these innovations in their daily practices and create (more) sustainable lifestyles. We present a typology of user roles in sustainable innovation: users can be active or passive, contribute as individual or collective, or act as enable or barrier. This typology presents a balanced and symmetric overview of all possible user roles, proposed in the literature. We also present and comment on a typology of positive user roles in sustainability transitions, proposed by Schot et al. This approach offers a long-term perspective on user roles, complementary to what is usually done in innovation studies; it credits users with more (distributed) agency. It also helps to identify new options for interventions in sustainable innovation and transition processes.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelHandbook of sustainable innovation
RedacteurenFrank Boons, Andy McMeekin
UitgeverijEdward Elgar
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-78811-257-4
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-78811-256-7
StatusGepubliceerd - 2019

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