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Structure matters : real-world laboratories as a new type of large-scale research infrastructure ; a framework inspired by Giddens' structuration theory

  • In this paper we highlight the importance of structural dimensions of real-world laboratories (RwLs). Giddens' structuration theory provides a promising framework to better understand the interlinked abstract and physical (infra-)structural features of RwLs. We argue that research on and in RwLs needs to be sensitive to the spatial, temporal, and thematic scope of structuration processes. A systematic conceptualization of these dimensions remains an important task for future research. In order to arrive at such a more in-depth understanding and possibly an improvement in the transferability of knowledge created in RwLs, the idea proposed by the WBGU should be taken up: building RwLs for the long term and focusing more explicitly on theirIn this paper we highlight the importance of structural dimensions of real-world laboratories (RwLs). Giddens' structuration theory provides a promising framework to better understand the interlinked abstract and physical (infra-)structural features of RwLs. We argue that research on and in RwLs needs to be sensitive to the spatial, temporal, and thematic scope of structuration processes. A systematic conceptualization of these dimensions remains an important task for future research. In order to arrive at such a more in-depth understanding and possibly an improvement in the transferability of knowledge created in RwLs, the idea proposed by the WBGU should be taken up: building RwLs for the long term and focusing more explicitly on their structural dimensions. First steps have been taken in the German city of Wuppertal where a RwL infrastructure has been built up over the course of various projects including a broad variety of resources, actors, and topics in the broader search and learning process for sustainable transitioning.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Uwe SchneidewindORCiDGND, Karoline Augenstein, Franziska StelzerORCiDGND, Matthias Wanner
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-69689
Year of Publication:2018
Language:English
Source Title (English):Gaia
Volume:27
Issue:S1
First Page:12
Last Page:17
Release Date:2018/03/14
Division:Präsidialbereich
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung