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Learning through evaluation e A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments
Luederitz, Christopher; Schäpke, Niko; Wiek, Arnim et al.
2016In Journal of Cleaner Production, xxx, p. 1-16
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Keywords :
Sustainability transformation; Analytical-evaluative framework; Transition labs; Real-world laboratories; Sustainability assessment; Sustainability transition experiments
Abstract :
[en] Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice, from local to global scales. Around the world, collaborative science-society initiatives are forming to conduct experiments in support of sustainability transitions. Such experiments, if carefully designed, provide significant learning opportunities for making progress on transition efforts. Yet, there is no broadly applicable evaluative scheme available to capture this critical information across a large number of cases, and to guide the design of transition experiments. To address this gap, the article develops such a scheme, in a tentative form, drawing on evaluative research and sustainability transitions scholarship, alongside insights from empirical cases. We critically discuss the scheme's key features of being generic, comprehensive, operational, and formative. Furthermore, we invite scholars and practitioners to apply, reflect and further develop the proposed tentative scheme e making evaluation and experiments objects of learning.
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Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Luederitz, Christopher
Schäpke, Niko
Wiek, Arnim
Lang, Daniel J.
Bergmann, Matthias
Bos, Joannette J.
Burch, Sarah
Davies, Anna
Evans, James
König, Ariane  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Farrelly, Megan A.
Forrest, Nigel
Frantzeskaki, Niki
Gibson, Robert B.
Kay, Braden
Loorbach, Derk
McCormick, Kes
Parodi, Oliver
Rauschmayer, Felix
Schneidewind, Uwe
Stauffacher, Michael
Stelzer, Franziska
Trencher, Gregory
Venjakob, Johannes
Vergragt, Philip J.
von Wehrden, Henrik
Westley, Frances R.
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Learning through evaluation e A tentative evaluative scheme for sustainability transition experiments
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Journal of Cleaner Production
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