Governing Technology for Sustainability

Governing Technology for Sustainability

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by Joseph Murphy
     
 

In a world of growing complexity and dwindling resources, the relationship between technology and sustainability is a pressing issue of concern at the highest levels. This book improves our understanding by examining the ways that people, technology and governance shape each other with implications for sustainability. It is the first book to link technology studies

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In a world of growing complexity and dwindling resources, the relationship between technology and sustainability is a pressing issue of concern at the highest levels. This book improves our understanding by examining the ways that people, technology and governance shape each other with implications for sustainability. It is the first book to link technology studies and governance research to this problem.

Contributions from leading environmental social scientists are included, with each chapter reporting on new research and tackling complex, but vital issues. Drawing on examples such as wave and tidal power, wind power, micro-generation, community waste recycling and eco-housing, the book provides powerful new insights into the governance of technology for sustainability. A detailed introduction and conclusion discuss existing research directions and identify the contribution that the book makes in advancing our understanding of the people-technology-governance nexus and its implications for sustainability.

This is essential reading for all those in academia, government and industry working at the critical interface between how we develop, deploy and govern technology in the pursuit of sustainability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844073450
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
List of Contributors     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Projects     xi
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations     xii
Introduction
Sustainability: Understanding People, Technology and Governance   Joseph Murphy     3
People and Sustainability: Appreciating Multiple Identities
Decoding Governance: A Study of Purchase Processes for Sustainable Technologies   Seonaidh McDonald   Panayiota Alevizou   Caroline Oates   Kumju Hwang   William Young     25
People Centred Eco-Design: Consumer Adoption and Use of Low and Zero Carbon Products and Systems   Robin Roy   Sally Caird   Stephen Potter     41
Energy Citizenship: Psychological Aspects of Evolution in Sustainable Energy Technologies   Patrick Devine-Wright     63
Technology and Sustainability: Contextualized Accounts
Governance Lessons from Green Niches: The Case of Eco-Housing   Adrian Smith     89
Micro-Generation: A Disruptive Innovation for the UK Energy System?   Raphael Sauter   Jim Watson     110
The Rationale for Policy Interventions from an Innovation Systems Perspective   Tim Foxon     129
Governance and Sustainability: Consensus and Conflict
LocalGovernance of Public Services: The Role of Partnerships in Sustainable Waste Management   Rachel Slater     151
Wind Power, Governance and Networks   Dave Toke     168
Multi-Level Governance and Energy Policy: Renewable Energy in Scotland   Mark Winskel     182
Conclusion
Governing Technology for Sustainability   Joseph Murphy     203
Index     221

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