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See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at:Sustainability Transitions Research: Transforming Science andPractice for Societal ChangeArticleinAnnual Review of Environment and Resources · November 2017DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-102014-021340CITATIONS95READS3,5733 authors:Some of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects:SONNET - Social Innovation in Energy TransitionsView projectWorld BankView projectDerk LoorbachDRIFT Dutch Research Institute for Transitions114PUBLICATIONS6,882CITATIONSSEE PROFILENiki FrantzeskakiSwinburne University of Technology142PUBLICATIONS3,915CITATIONSSEE PROFILEFlor AvelinoDRIFT Dutch Research Institute for Transitions58PUBLICATIONS1,442CITATIONSSEE PROFILEAll content following this page was uploaded byFlor Avelinoon 26 October 2017.The user has requested enhancement of the downloaded file.
Annual Review of Environment and ResourcesSustainability TransitionsResearch: TransformingScience and Practice forSocietal ChangeDerk Loorbach, Niki Frantzeskaki, and Flor AvelinoDutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3000 DR Rotterdam,The Netherlands; email: [email protected]Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 2017. 42:599–626First published online as a Review in Advance onJuly 10, 2017TheAnnual Review of Environment and Resourcesisonline at environ.annualreviews.org-102014-021340Copyright c 2017 by Annual Reviews.All rights reservedKeywordssustainability transitions research, transdisciplinarity, transition governanceAbstractThe article describes the field of sustainability transitions research, whichemerged in the past two decades in the context of a growing scientific andpublic interest in large-scale societal transformation toward sustainability.We describe how different scientific approaches and methodological posi-tions explore diverse types of transitions and provide the basis for multipletheories and models for governance of sustainability transitions. We dis-tinguish three perspectives in studying transitions: socio-technical, socio-institutional, and socio-ecological. Although the field as a whole is very het-erogeneous, commonalities can be characterized in notions such as pathdependencies, regimes, niches, experiments, and governance. These moregeneric concepts have been adopted within the analytical perspective of tran-sitions, which has led three different types of approaches to dealing withagency in transitions: analytical, evaluative, and experimental. The field hasby now produced a broad theoretical and empirical basis along with a va-riety of social transformation strategies and instruments, impacting disci-plinary scientific fields as well as (policy) practice. In this article, we try tocharacterize the field by identifying its main perspectives, approaches andshared concepts, and its relevance to real-world sustainability problems andsolutions.

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