Regional Perspectives on Eco-Innovation: Actors, Specialisations and Transition Trajectories

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dc.identifier.uri Hansmeier, Hendrik eng 2023-11-20T14:08:25Z 2023-11-20T14:08:25Z 2023
dc.identifier.citation Hansmeier, Hendrik: Regional Perspectives on Eco-Innovation: Actors, Specialisations and Transition Trajectories. Hannover : Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, Diss., 2023, VIII, 144 S., DOI: eng
dc.description.abstract Tackling human-caused global warming and ecological degradation requires rapid transformative change in production and consumption patterns. In this regard, eco-innovations represent a cornerstone for reducing environmental burdens and strengthening sustainability. However, recent global efforts to scale up eco-innovations are confronted with strong spatial differences in their development and application. Against this background, the growing literature on the geography of innovation-based transformative change particularly emphasises the importance of regional specificities emanating mainly from institutions, technologies and actors. While many studies have explored eco-innovations’ enabling and constraining conditions at the regional level, scholarly debates lack insights into the extent to which eco-innovation activities in regions are carried out by incumbents or start-ups. Put differently, little is known about regional specialisations, i.e. regional comparative advantages, with regard to these two types of eco-innovation actors. This dissertation therefore sets out to gain a regionally nuanced understanding of the contribution of incumbents and start-ups to eco-innovation activities and its development over time. To ensure a broad and comparative perspective on green regional development, this research focuses on both sector-specific and general eco-innovation activities in German regions. By systematically reviewing the extensive yet fragmented body of research that revolves around the geography of eco-innovations, this dissertation first reveals complementarities that harbour promising avenues for future research. These conceptual elaborations are then followed by empirical investigations on regional eco-innovation specialisations using a novel data set on green patents and green start-ups. The findings suggest heterogeneous and persistent specialisation patterns of regions, while it is rather the exception that eco-innovation activities in regions are driven by both established actors and start-ups. In order to foster eco-innovations, a sustainability-oriented innovation policy should take greater account of the heterogeneity and path dependency of regional actor specialisations. eng
dc.language.iso eng eng
dc.publisher Hannover : Institutionelles Repositorium der Leibniz Universität Hannover
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dc.subject eco-innovations eng
dc.subject sustainability transitions eng
dc.subject regional specialisations eng
dc.subject green regional development eng
dc.subject incumbents eng
dc.subject start-ups eng
dc.subject Umweltinnovation ger
dc.subject Nachhaltigkeitstransition ger
dc.subject regionale Spezialisierungen ger
dc.subject grüne Regionalentwicklung ger
dc.subject etablierte Akteure ger
dc.subject Start-ups ger
dc.subject.ddc 330 | Wirtschaft eng
dc.subject.ddc 910 | Geografie, Reisen eng
dc.title Regional Perspectives on Eco-Innovation: Actors, Specialisations and Transition Trajectories eng
dc.type DoctoralThesis eng
dc.type Text eng
dc.description.version publishedVersion eng
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