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Localizing Environmental Innovations: What Engineers Could Learn from Social Studies of Technology

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Keywords
  • End-Users
  • Product Creation Process
  • Technological Innovations
  • User Needs
  • Ventilation Systems
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

The paper is built around the argument that many technological environmental innovations have to be adapted to local social and cultural conditions to have a chance of broad adoption. Especially a better understanding of the role of end-users in processes of innovation and diffusion would help to develop a broader range of policy instruments to foster the development of environmentally friendly and socially desirable technologies and products.

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