Protecting socio-technical regimes for advancing urban sustainability transitions
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This article highlights the importance of central actors that coordinate activities at the meso level and protect the stability of socio-technical regimes in search of collective goals for sustainability. An analysis of how technology, in the form of large technical systems, has helped the city of Medellín (Colombia) to achieve substantial improvements in its social, economic and environmental conditions is presented, with a particular emphasis on its municipal utility company. The article describes and discusses how the city has managed to protect stability, maintain the direction traced in the past, and rely on the use of technology to promote further advancement in other aspects of city life. The definition of collective goals from an early stage in the city and the emergence of mechanisms that would ensure good coverage, the further development of its utilities, and access to resources for the improvement of its social and environmental conditions, have guaranteed regime stability. In turn, such stability has made it possible for the city to promote the emergence of urban innovations and face economic, social and environmental challenges. We claim that the notion of external pressure on the sociotechnical regimes as an unmissable opportunity to exert change contradicts the public nature of sustainability goals and obviates the role of actors that struggle to protect the socio-technical regimes from external disruptions.
Socio-Technical Configurations; Urban Governance; Environmental Technology, Windows of Opportunity; Intermediaries
Environmental Engineering Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117943DiVA: diva2:812362