Research Department: Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods
Project Leader within IRS: Dr. Ludger Gailing
Duration: 01/2012 - 12/2014
The energy transition to post-fossil and post-nuclear regional development places tremendous demands on existing institutional arrangements and forms of governance related to energy, cultural landscapes and regional policy-making. Focusing on energy supply as a field of action, the main objective of the Lead Project of Research Department 2 was to identify the importance of materiality and power for theoretical research on regional public goods. Building on knowledge within the department, the project reflected on energy supply in terms of its role as a regional public good. Research examines the extent to which theoretical approaches on materiality and power can provide insights to institutional change within the multilevel network of energy supply systems. The goal was to address gaps in existing spatial research on public goods, institutions, and governance and – on the basis of empirical cases – to provide new perspectives on steering regional energy transitions.
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