From Niche to Mainstream: Three Dilemmas of Scaling Up Sustainable Alternatives

SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

A more sustainable future requires fundamental societal changes. Real-world laboratories and transition experiments test sustainable alternatives in a protected niche. In order to introduce these alternatives into wider society and make them go mainstream, they need to be scaled up. The term upscaling is used here to indicate a qualitative shift towards a structural transformation of a societal system: new ways of doing, thinking, and organizing emerge in a given system as the new normal – the whole institutional structure changes. However, societal change is based on co-evolutionary processes which makes upscaling highly challenging. Augenstein et al. (2020) present three dilemmas of upscaling that are connected to core aspects of transdisciplinary research on sustainability transitions.

Urban sustainability initiatives, such as Utopiastadt in Wuppertal, Germany, address the dilemmas of upscaling in their efforts to develop sustainable alternatives locally, get involved in transdisciplinary processes and help create spaces for experimentation and reflexive…

View original post 467 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s