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Sociotechnical Resilience: From Recovery to Adaptation and Beyond, the Journey So Far…

  • Stephen Healy
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Abstract

Although the profile of resilience is growing rapidly, its fundamental character remains unclear. Sociotechnical resilience is rendered further ambiguous by its denial of traditional disciplinary distinctions and tensions with social theory. This chapter identifies and discusses these complexities, and examines how they have been addressed. It finds that systemic portrayals of resilience are particularly well complemented through the situated insights delivered by analysis of the sociotechnical ensembles of interest. A case study of the challenge domestic photovoltaic power (PV) presents to the Australian electricity industry illuminates how established status quo interests can undermine resilience. This clarifies not only the character of disruptive technological challenges but also the requirement for a governmental commitment to resilience as explored in the concluding discussion.

Keywords

Resilience Disruptive technology Transition management Governance Photovoltaics 

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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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