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Translation Mechanisms in Socio-Technical Niches. A case study of Dutch river management

By Rob P.J.M. Raven, Geert P.J. Verbong, Wouter F. Schilpzand and Marten J. Witkamp


This paper makes three contributions to the field of transition research. First, it sheds light on how the concept of translation can contribute to a better understanding of agency in niche development. Second, it articulates how the local-global distinction in the Strategic Niche Management (SNM) approach relates to the levels in the Multi-Level Perspective. Third, the article is empirically novel by presenting a radical sustainable innovation in Dutch water management (‘New Rivers’).Sustainability transitions, translations, strategic niche management, river management

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