De-centering transitions: Low-carbon innovation from the peripheries

Sergio Tirado-Herrero*, Sara Fuller

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Socio-technical transitions have garnered significant attention in recent years. Both in theory and practice, however, concerns have been raised about the elitist character of low-carbon transitions. Such dynamics are predominantly imagined through core-periphery relationships. More recently, calls to ‘decentre’ transitions draw attention to the social and spatial dynamics of transitions in the peripheries. recognizing and fostering transitions from the peripheries offers important opportunities for progressing low-carbon innovation in practice and opens the door to deeper structural transformations. This perspective must nevertheless acknowledge the risk of transitions creating new core-periphery dependencies and reinforcing the strength of elites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-115
Number of pages3
JournalEnvironmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Core
  • Elite
  • Innovation
  • Low-carbon transitions
  • Periphery


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