Quotation Bärnthaler, Richard. 2022. In search of articulation: A framework to empower transformative innovations. European Journal of Spatial Development. 19 (4), 1-24.




This article problematises the limits of two predominant trends in urban environmentalism: ‘smart’ lifeworld environmentalism and radical environmental movements. Whereas the former’s reliance on techno-entrepreneurial innovation policy solidifies a structural conservatism, the latter mostly fail to forge broad alliances beyond a community of like-minded, thereby entrapping social innovations in niches. To overcome these limitations, I draw upon the concept of transformative innovation, a particular understanding of innovation that dialectically links improvements in the economy of everyday life with the challenges of contemporary social-ecological transformation, the satisfaction of short-term everyday necessities with long-term ecological imperatives. The ensuing aim of this article is to translate these conceptual reflections on transformative innovation into an heuristic research framework for place-based development strategies. This framework facilitates (1) identifying place-based everyday necessities and popular desires that allow for unconventional coalitions, (2) exploring and problematising deeper structures (i.e. provisioning systems) that enable and constrain their actualisation, and (3) developing discursive strategies to reconfigure relevant provisioning systems to meet those desired necessities while having the potential to enable more sustainable society-nature relations. While the article is purposely theoretical-conceptual, I draw upon an ongoing case-study analysis in Vienna’s periphery to enrich the framework with concrete examples.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Spatial Development
Language English
Title In search of articulation: A framework to empower transformative innovations
Volume 19
Number 4
Year 2022
Page from 1
Page to 24
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.polito.it/index.php/EJSD/article/view/301
DOI 10.5281/zenodo.6771392
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.polito.it/index.php/EJSD/article/view/301


Bärnthaler, Richard (Details)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5325 Political economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5415 Economic sociology (Details)
5610 Urban development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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