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Matthias Ruth

This chapter traces the interplay of innovation, technological change and economic growth in the context of the biophysical constraints that have, and always will, set the boundaries within which human society flourishes. Special attention is given to the complexities that pose challenges for understanding the role, and guiding the uses of technology. An illustration is provided for the case of energy transitions from non-renewable to renewable fuels. As the illustration highlights, institutional and societal innovations need to accompany innovations in technology to help ensure its deployment in ways that promote sustainability. Also, since sustainability inherently pertains to development paths that unfold over long periods of time in which environmental, social and technological conditions (re-)shape each other in unknown and unknowable ways, multiple criteria, rather than, for example, standard efficiency measures, need to be used to assess (anticipated) technology performance and to guide technology deployment. The chapter closes with a critical perspective on the legal and economic instruments that currently dominate conventional economic policies and the growth objective for which they are used.

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This volume presents methods to advance the understanding of interdependencies between the well-being of human societies and the performance of their biophysical environment. It showcases applications to material and energy use; urbanization and technological transition; economic growth and social vulnerabilities; development and governance of social and industrial networks; the role of history, culture, and science itself in carrying out analysis and guiding policy; as well as the role of theory, data, and models in guiding decisions.
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Matthias Ruth and Stefan Goessling-Reisemann

This chapter provides motivation for the study of the resilience of social and technological systems as they interact with and shape each other. How the resilience of socio-technical systems is conceptualized and analyzed, in turn, depends on disciplinary perspectives as well as practical needs. We briefly review the resilience frameworks and approaches that are increasingly used by the scientific and practitioner communities and proved an overview of the contributions to this volume.

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Edited by Matthias Ruth and Stefan Goessling-Reisemann

The goal to improve the resilience of social systems – communities and their economies – is increasingly adopted by decision makers. This unique and comprehensive Handbook focuses on the interdependencies of these social systems and the technologies that support them. Special attention is given to the ways in which resilience is conceptualized by different disciplines, how resilience may be assessed, and how resilience strategies are implemented. Case illustrations are presented throughout to aid understanding.
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Edited by Matthias Ruth and Brynhildur Davidsdottir

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Matthias Ruth and Brynhildur Davidsdottir