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Sustainability transitions and leapfrogging in latecomer cities : the development of solar thermal energy in Dezhou, China

Yu, Zhen; Gibbs, David

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Zhen Yu



Abstract

Sustainability transitions in cities in emerging economic contexts are rarely addressed. The paper addresses this issue by investigating the drivers and barriers in the diffusion of solar thermal energy in two Chinese cities, Dezhou and Beijing. The findings suggest that latecomer cities such as Dezhou demonstrate several advantages over developed cities in environmental transitions. In particular they can ‘leapfrog’ to environmentally-friendly technologies as they are less locked-in by existing technological regimes. The paper thus contributes to debates over the role of both space and the urban scale in sustainability transitions research.

Publication Date 2018
Journal Regional studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Electronic ISSN 1360-0591
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 1
Pages 68-79
Institution Citation Yu, Z., & Gibbs, D. (2018). Sustainability transitions and leapfrogging in latecomer cities : the development of solar thermal energy in Dezhou, China. Regional studies, 52(1), 68-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1260706
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2016.1260706
Keywords Leapfrogging; Sustainability transitions; Multi-level perspective; Renewable energy; China
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2016.1260706
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Regional studies, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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