Handbook of Sustainable Innovation
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Handbook of Sustainable Innovation

Edited by Frank Boons and Andrew McMeekin

The Handbook of Sustainable Innovation maps the multiple lineages of research and understanding that constitute academic work on how technological change relates to sustainable practices of production and consumption. Leading academics contribute by mapping the general evolution of this academic field, our understanding of sustainable innovation at the firm, user, and systems level, the governance of sustainable innovation, and the methodological approaches used. The Handbook explores the distinctiveness of sustainable innovation and concludes with suggestions for generating future research avenues that exploit the current diversity of work while seeking increased systemic insight.
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Chapter 9: Policy mixes for sustainable innovation: conceptual considerations and empirical insights

Karoline S. Rogge


This chapter provides an overview of advances in conceptual thinking and empirical applications addressing policy mixes for sustainable innovation. It starts by providing an overview of ‘instrument mix’ studies focusing on interacting instruments aimed at achieving sustainable innovation. It then covers broader ‘policy mix’ conceptualizations that better reflect the complexity of real-world policy mixes for sustainable innovation. These broader conceptualizations encompass but go beyond instrument mixes by also paying dedicated attention to policy strategies, policy processes and policy mix characteristics. While such a broader policy mix concept has been developed in the context of sustainable innovation, it may also inform transformative innovation policy in the context of other grand societal challenges. The chapter also discusses research on the co-evolution of policy mixes and sustainable innovation, highlighting the importance of a dynamic approach to policy mix research. The chapter closes with a discussion of research implications.

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