Reference : Everyday Economic Practices as Processes of Regionalisations
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Unpublished conference
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Human geography & demography
Everyday Economic Practices as Processes of Regionalisations
Faller, Fabian mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
2013 Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers
from 09-04-2013 to 13-04-2013
Association of American Geographers
Los Angeles
United States of America
[en] For rural areas the utilisation of renewable energies can support a prosperous development. Economic practices are increasingly important for understanding changes in this sector. The interplay of economic practices with corporate and governmental policies is related to questions of space and scale, such as: which everyday economic practices form energy markets changes; which conditions frame regional policies and practices; which processes of regionalisations evolve?

The core interests of the paper are to analyse processes of constitution and reproduction of different types of energy regions and markets, and how practices and policies of such “energetic regionalisations“ intertwine – applying a multi-theory and multi-method (Interviews, Document Analysis) approach, focussing on biogas production in Luxembourg and Germany.

I examine institutional and structural conditions that frame processes of regionalisations in the biogas economy and how these relate to socio-technical developments – based on evolutionary institutionalism and socio-technical transition studies. Important elements are: (1) The dynamic dimension of frameworks; (2) the concurrence of political, social, economic and technical processes; (3) the spatial differences of energy related policies.

Economic practices in the biogas economy (e.g. by operators, investors) are another part of investigation - following the theory of Everyday Regionalisations. The important elements here are: (1) The constitution and reproduction of regions through economic practices; and (2) the threefold relationship between economic practices and governmental energy policies as: (a) policies supporting or restricting practices; (b) practices producing and restructuring policies – and regional markets; and (c) policies as environmental drivers for practices – and vice versa.

The paper focuses on the conceptual framework of an ongoing research project. Preliminary results from the field study will be presented.

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