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Towards a sustainable economy? Socio-technical transitions in the green building sector

ONeill, Kirstie J.; Gibbs, David C.; O'Neill, Kirstie; Gibbs, David


Kirstie J. ONeill

David C. Gibbs

Kirstie O'Neill


Making the transition to a green economy is a major policy driver in the UK and other countries. Entrepreneurs are suggested as being at the forefront of this transition and as a driving force for sustainability. These “green entrepreneurs” may represent a new type of entrepreneurial behaviour combining economic, environmental and social aims. In this paper, we present empirical work conducted with green entrepreneurs in the UK green building sector. Buildings have significant impacts on the environment, both in terms of materials and post-construction energy demands. Drawing on sustainability transitions theory, we examine the role of green entrepreneurs in affecting change and suggest that green building niches are less consensual than previously theorised. In theorising green entrepreneurs, we also point to the need to consider them within wider networks of activity rather than as lone actors and the implications this has for policy.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Local environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Electronic ISSN 1469-6711
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 6
Pages 572-590
APA6 Citation O'Neill, K., & Gibbs, D. (2014). Towards a sustainable economy? Socio-technical transitions in the green building sector. Local environment, 19(6), 572-590.
Keywords Green entrepreneurs, Green building, Multi-level perspective, Sustainability transitions, UK
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Copyright Statement ©2015 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Local environment on 22/07/2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...80/13549839.2013.818954


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