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 20: Conclusion

Frank Boons and Andrew McMeekin

Abstract

This chapter concludes our survey of the fragmented research field of sustainable innovation. Drawing together the detailed surveys of research lineages on sustainable innovation of preceding handbook chapters, we assess how knowledge production on sustainability directed technological change is advancing, and how such knowledge contributes to addressing negative impacts of technological change. Based on a discussion of research achievements and gaps remaining, we propose that (1) future research can gain much by exploiting new combinations of now separate research lineages, and (2) focus empirical research on interacting systems of provision in urban and regional contexts.

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