JOURNAL: The socio-technical dynamics of net-zero industrial megaprojects: Outside-in and inside-out analyses of the Humber industrial cluster

Summary

Authors:

Frank W. Geels
Benjamin K. Sovacool
Marfuga Iskandarova

University of Manchester
Aarhus University
Boston University
University of Sussex

The socio-technical dynamics of net-zero industrial megaprojects: Outside-in and inside-out analyses of the Humber industrial cluster

Energy Research & Social Science

April 2023

  • Net-zero megaprojects in industrial clusters are promising for industrial decarbonisation
    We develop a socio-technical perspective on megaproject change dynamics, focusing on technologies, actors, and institutions.
  • For these three dimensions, we distinguish aggregate (‘outside-in’) developments and endogenous (‘inside-out’) dynamics
  • Aggregate analysis of the Humber’s net-zero megaproject finds high momentum
  • But ‘inside-out’ analysis finds 12 challenges (for system integration, actor coordination, and institutional alignment)