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Title: The spatial dynamics of niche trajectory: The case of wave energy
Authors: Fontes, Margarida
Sousa, Cristina
Ferreira, João
Keywords: Niche dynamics
Wave energy technology
Strategic niche management
Socio-cognitive perspective
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Fontes, M., Sousa, C., & Ferreira, J. (2016). The spatial dynamics of niche trajectory: The case of wave energy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 19, 66-84. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
Abstract: This paper proposes that niches, as protected spaces where technologies are developed and articulated with societal needs, transcend territorial boundaries, encompassing communities and actions that span several spatial levels. To support this assertion the paper build on the socio-cognitive perspective to niche development and extends it introducing a new dimension - space - broadening and “spatializing” the concept of technological niche. This framework is applied to the case of the wave energy niche. Empirical research combines a generic analysis of the construction of an “overall niche space”, with a detailed analysis of the processes taking place in Portugal, which was one of the pioneers in the field. The results confirm the niche multi-spatial dynamics, showing that it is shaped by the interplay between a niche relational space constructed by actors’ actions and interactions, and the territorial effects introduced by their embeddedness in particular geographical and institutional settings.
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