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From niche to mainstream : the dilemmas of scaling up sustainable alternatives

  • At the heart of transition research lies the question of how to "scale up" sustainable alternatives from a protected niche to the creation of mainstream practices. While upscaling processes are often seen as an essential element that contributes to societal transformation, upscaling itself remains a fuzzy concept. We argue that some fundamental dilemmas of upscaling can be identified, for example, the different understanding of the concept by researchers and practitioners. The dilemmas should be addressed in a more reflexive way by those from the worlds of science and practice who are involved in collaborative research settings.

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Karoline Augenstein, Boris Bachmann, Markus Egermann, Verena Hermelingmeier, Annaliesa Hilger, Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Alexandra Kessler, David P. M. Lam, Alexandra Palzkill, Paul Suski, Timo von Wirth
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-75955
Year of Publication:2020
Language:English
Source Title (English):Gaia
Volume:29
Issue:3
First Page:143
Last Page:147
Division:Nachhaltiges Produzieren und Konsumieren
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International