Understanding transition-periphery dynamics: renewable energy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Murphy, J. and Smith, A. (2013) Understanding transition-periphery dynamics: renewable energy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Environment and Planning A, 45(3), pp. 691-709. (doi:10.1068/a45190)

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Over the coming decades the Highlands and Islands of Scotland will be transformed as new technologies and infrastructures are installed to exploit wind, wave, and tide power. However, interactions between the region—understood as a sociospatial category shaped by history, culture, and institutions—and these technologies are poorly understood and need to be appreciated in more detail before the changes gather momentum. In this paper we link and extend research around sociotechnical transitions and resource peripheries and use this framework to analyse wind energy projects on the island of Lewis. Our analysis draws attention to transition–periphery dynamics and the ways in which renewable energy projects and particular locations are coshaping each other through these. Building on this case study we suggest implications for the region as a whole, argue that the analytical–normative agenda of sociotechnical transitions should be recast, and highlight the need for more research on sociotechnical transitions and new resource peripheries.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Murphy, J., and Smith, A., 2013. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, 45(3). pp. 691-709. 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a45190
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murphy, Professor Joseph
Authors: Murphy, J., and Smith, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Environment and Planning A
ISSN (Online):1472-3409
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Pion and its licensors
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning A 45(3):691-709
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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