Socio-ecological transitions are development processes in which new technologies are embedded within existing socio-economic systems. However, the existing socio-economic structures are shaping how those technologies are being developed and implemented. Within this process, we can find a growing number of community initiatives that use technology in an innovative and community-driven way. Although community-led innovations only constitute a niche within most socio-ecological regimes, community engagement (cooperatives, citizen movements …) can become an important and dominant driver of transition processes towards sustainability on regional and local scales in developed as well as developing countries/regions. Thereby, community engagement is not only economically motivated but also driven by further social needs such as justice, autonomy, self-empowerment, community development, local/regional value creation/capture and further socio-ecological effects.
|Presenter||Yunwoo Nam*, University Of Nebraska - Lincoln, Built environment and Place-based Social outcome||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||László Gere*, Pallas Athene Geopolitical Foundation, The duality of technology-based urban development practices: a comparison of technology-led and community-led smart city developments||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Delia Heck*, Ferrum College, Empowering Haitian Rural Communities for Economic Development with Pico Solar Energy Projects||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Tim Roesler*, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Community resources for energy transition – implementing bioenergy villages in Germany||20||11:00 AM|
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