The road not taken? Path dependency in energy transitions

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The transition from carbon-intensive sources of energy, particularly in electricity generation, to low-carbon or non-emitting sources of energy is a fundamental part of efforts to mitigate climate change in jurisdictions around the world. Contemporary efforts to change energy systems are often met with resistance by those actors and institutions which benefit from the status quo arrangement of centralised, fossil fuel-reliant energy systems, the incumbents’ within a given system. Innovative approaches which threaten the
status quo, whether they be technological innovations or innovative social arrangements, can be met with hostility by incumbents, who wield their political and economic power to disincentivise the deployment of such innovative approaches. This research investigates the political and social dynamics that enable or inhibit energy transitions using the theoretical framework laid out in this poster.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2022
EventREM Forum 2022: Managing the Dynamics of Social Acceptance - University of St. Gallen , St. Gallen , Switzerland
Duration: 23 Jun 202225 Jun 2022


ConferenceREM Forum 2022: Managing the Dynamics of Social Acceptance
CitySt. Gallen
Internet address


  • Energy
  • Energy policy
  • Renewable and sustainable energy systems
  • path dependency
  • Energy Transitions
  • Decarbonisation


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