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Future green economies and regional development: a research agenda

Gibbs, David; O’Neill, Kirstie


David Gibbs

Kirstie O’Neill


The past thirty years have seen an explosion of interest and concern over the detrimental impacts of economic and industrial development. Despite this, the environmental agenda has not featured substantially in the regional studies literature. This paper explores a range of options for regional futures from a ‘clean tech’ economy and the promise of renewed accumulation, through to more radical degrowth concepts focused on altering existing modes of production and consumption, ecological sustainability and social justice. In so doing, we investigate the potential role of regions as drivers of the new green economy, drawing on research into sustainability transitions.


Gibbs, D., & O’Neill, K. (2017). Future green economies and regional development: a research agenda. Regional studies, 51(1), 161-173.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2016
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 20, 2018
Journal Regional studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Electronic ISSN 1360-0591
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 1
Pages 161-173
Keywords Green economy; Transitions research; Clean technology; Degrowth; Regional development
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Regional studies, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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