Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch Seminar

Exploring Spatiality, innovation and transitions

CET is happy to announce this week's CET lunch seminar with Professor Matthew Cook from Open University, UK

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CET Lunch Seminars most Wednesdays at the social sciences building.
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About the talk:

Transitions to more sustainable socio-technical systems which satisfy societal demands for housing, energy and mobility are increasingly sought.  Although such socio-technical systems underpin every-day life in cities, approaches to conceptualise transitions are largely aspatial and consequently their ability to underpin urban policy development limited.  A number of attempts have been made to address this issue.  Here extant frameworks (such as the Multi-Level Perspective) that conceptualise transitions often form the starting point for research and topographically orientated Euclidean spatial imaginaries are invoked. Thus resultant insights tend to spatialise transitions rather than attend to the potentially inherent spatiality of transitions and overlook insights that such alternate spatial imaginaries might give rise to.  Drawing on case studies of the ‘smart city’ and developments in UK energy sector, in this presentation I explore such issues.  I welcome questions, discussions and lively debate. 

About Professor Matthew Cook:

Prior to academic life, Matt worked for 11 years as a professional spatial planner specialising in urban regeneration and sustainability.  He returned to university in 1999 as Research Assistant on a UK Government funded project and completed a doctorate in Innovation and Sustainability.  Following an appointment as Lecturer at Cranfield University in 2003, Matt joined the Open University in 2009 and is now Professor of Innovation and leads the Future Urban Environments research team and Technology and Innovation Management Qualification.

Matt's research interests are in innovation and the development of urban environments.  Working at the intersection of innovation and urban studies his work recognises the situatedness of innovation and the inherent spatiality of such complex socio-technical processes.  Much of his current work is concerned with critical perspectives on smart city innovations, such as urban energy and transport systems, and the governance networks that play a profound role in their (re)construction.  


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