JOURNAL: Imagining and emplacing net zero industrial clusters: A critical analysis of stakeholder discourses

Summary

Authors:

Huei-Ling Lai
Patrick Devine-Wright

University of Exeter

Imagining and emplacing net zero industrial clusters: A critical analysis of stakeholder discourses

Geo: Geography and Environment

April 2024

This paper provides the first empirically grounded geographical investigation of net zero industrial clusters, employing a place-based research agenda to explore how they are imagined and emplaced in policy and industry discourses through place-based naming, spatial configuring and mapping activities. The study reveals variations and complexities in cluster boundaries and naming, and raises political and justice concerns over who and where is excluded in cluster building. It shows how the spatial dimension of industrial clusters underpins industry awareness of their economic, social and cultural ties with the places of their making, and the importance of flexible boundaries for inclusive, multi-scalar climate action. The research underscores the need for spatially inclusive strategies to achieve fair and locally grounded industrial decarbonisation in the UK.