A multilevel perspective of transition to circular economy with particular reference to a community renewable energy niche

Girma Zawdie, Elsa João, Jack Barrie, Jack Finn

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Abstract

Socio-technical regimes underpinning the system of a linear economy would need to be disrupted through the agency of niches that bring forth radical innovations across a spectrum of activities. This argument is explored through a case study from the energy sector in Scotland. A Delphi study is conducted to assess the success of the Scottish Government in progressing CRE as a niche aimed at disrupting the incumbent fossil-based energy regime. The study finds that despite the commitment of the Scottish Government to empower, nurture and shield CRE as a niche, there is no clear evidence as yet to show whether these actions have achieved their desired effect of enabling the CRE niche to play a disruptive role.The article also underscores the need for methodological refinement to enhance the robustness of the data used in the evaluation of policy efforts in niche development as a strategy for transition to CE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-220
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • transition
  • circular economy
  • Scotland
  • Delphi method
  • energy systems
  • community renewable
  • multilevel perspective
  • niche innovation

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