This viewpoint takes stock with the ‘geography of sustainability transitions’ (GOST) as it is presented in the transitions research agenda. GOST has been a relatively recent addition to transition theorizing, addressing the need for greater sensitivity and attention to the scales, spatialities, and context-specific factors that shape transitions. In our view, the agenda represents a rather narrow perspective on GOST, which is geared to two empirical themes, namely urban transitions and transitions in developing countries. While these are relevant and topical issues, the section lacks sufficient acknowledgement of the increasing engagement of geographers with transitions studies and the theoretical approaches they have brought to bear on the field. This short commentary thus aims at complementing the agenda paper by outlining a theoretical research agenda that is emerging in this field, framed around the conceptualization of scales, places and spaces in which transitions unfold.
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
geography, geography of transitions, place, scale, space, sustainability transitions
Binz, Christian; Coenen, Lars; Murphy, James T.; and Truffer, Bernhard, "Geographies of transition—From topical concerns to theoretical engagement: A commentary on the transitions research agenda" (2020). Geography. 388.
This is the Accepted Manuscript version of this article, accepted for publication in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Must link to publisher version with DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2019.11.002