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Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations

Transformations in systems of energy, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructure are globally recognised as crucial to sustainable development. The research project Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations (GoST) focuses on historical and prospective transformations in three key areas:

  • Energy transformation and the ‘nuclear age’
  • Transformation of agriculture and the ‘green revolution’
  • Transformation of the urban digital infrastructure and ‘smart cities.’

The project examines past and prospective transformation efforts across the three areas of energy, agriculture, and urban digital environments, in five countries (Germany, India, Kenya, UK and US). A key concept for the project, and one which is being used as a theoretical starting point, is that of ‘sociotechnical imaginaries’ within Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Latest blog posts

Meeting in Nairobi. © ACTS

Sustainability, transformation and power: rebalancing expertise with democratic struggle
by Andy Stirling
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Workshop in Nairobi. © ACTS

Alternative imaginings of transformation: opening emancipatory spaces for sustainability politics
by Andy Stirling
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A. Stirling presenting in Nairobi. © ACTS

What drives transformations to sustainability? Some reflections from recent discussions in Nairobi
by Andy Stirling
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Infrastructures of the imagination: uncertainty and the politics of prefiguration?
by Martin Mahony and Silke Beck
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