The theoretical foundations of sociotechnical systems change for sustainability: A systematic literature review


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Savaget, P 
Geissdoerfer, Martin  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0789-4428
Kharrazi, A 
Abstract

© 2018 The Authors This paper provides a critical literature overview of the foundations of the concepts of sustainability and sociotechnical systems change. This review covers the analysis of 182 scientific articles through a combination of bibliometric analysis, snowballing, content analysis and problematization. Our results identify and discuss 14 unique ontological and normative foundations shaping how we understand sociotechnical system change for sustainability. These influence both what system change is perceived as desirable and as attainable; as well as how to navigate between all the coexisting pathways, trade-offs, and complexities of the three dimensions of sustainability. By identifying the theoretical foundations, we illustrate the most up-to-date theoretical developments and concomitantly pinpoint a few opportunities for future contributions that improve, refute or complement them, hence shedding light on various research questions to develop the literature further.

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Keywords
Sociotechnical systems, Sustainability, Innovation, System change, Systematic literature review
Journal Title
Journal of Cleaner Production
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0959-6526
1879-1786
Volume Title
206
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Sponsorship
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/I033351/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L019914/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N508949/1)
Gates Cambridge Trust