Darrieus vertical axis wind turbine
late 1970s, New Mexico, US
Clean energy technologies will be key to addressing the challenges of climate change, and government policy has an important role to play in encouraging these new economic pathways. These were some of the findings reported at a recent international research workshop on New Path Creation, held at Trinity College, Oxford on 5-7 September 2010.
The workshop focused on the theoretical concept of path dependence and transition and how new techno-economic pathways emerge and are developed into new industries, in particular looking at the wind energy sector. Clean energy technologies have implications both in terms of recovery from the economic downturn through the creation of 'green jobs', as well as addressing the ever pressing issue of climate change. Professor James Simmie, the workshop organiser, commented "An excellent set of papers were presented that pushed forward the theoretical debates surrounding new path creation and provided empirical analyses of how and where this is taking place in clean energy technologies".
The workshop brought together internationally-renowned experts from the UK, Germany, Finland and the US, to explore the issues in a global context. The workshop proceedings can be downloaded here, and the papers presented can be downloaded below:
Theme 1: New Path Creation and Wind Power
- James Simmie "New Path Creation: An evolutionary perspective on the emergence of the wind power industry".
- Elisa Conti, Fabiana Povinelli and Joschka Milan Kipshagen "Innovation and New Path Creation in the Modern Wind Power Industry: An international comparison".
- Dirk Fornahl, Robert Hassink, Claudia Klaerding and Ivo Mossig "New Path Creation in Regional Economies: the case of the wind energy industry in northern Germany".
Theme 2: Regional Resources and the Emergence of Clean Energy Technologies
- Gregory Theyel "Spatial Processes of Industry Emergence: US Clean Technology".
- Stuart Dawley and Andy Pike "Creating New Paths? Renewables, Policy Activism and Peripheral Region Development".
Theme 3: Economic Geography and New Path Creation
- Jürgen Essletzbichler "The Need for a Geographical Approach in Energy Transition Research and Policy".
Theme 4: System Transition and Policy
- Paula Kivimaa, Raimo Lovio and Per Mickwitz "The Influence of System Interlinkages on Path Dependence and Path Creation in Energy Systems".
- Eric Knight and Nicholas Howarth "Clean energy technology and the role of non-carbon price based policy: an evolutionary economics perspective".
- Philip Cooke "Transversality and Transition: Branching to New Path Dependence".
- Jaimie Levin "The Value of a Clean Technology Center of Excellence and its Role as an Incubator of Local Economic Development: A case study".
The workshop was funded by Oxford Brookes University's Central Research Fund, and NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Background to the work can be found in the History Matters report published by NESTA (Simmie et al, 2008).
News Item Dated:
21st September 2010
Workshop Proceedings (pdf) New Path Creation workshop 2010
History Matters: Path dependence and innovation in British city-regions (pdf) Research Report June 2008 James Simmie, Juliet Carpenter, Andrew Chadwick and Ron Martin
NESTA National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts