Environmental innovation processes have been studied in a number of sectoral and technological contexts. Particularly relevant sectors with respect to their size and environmental impact are infrastructure sectors such as energy, transport and water. The specificities of these sectors are studied widely e. g. with respect to market concentration and antitrust regulation but less so with respect to specificities of (environmental) innovation processes in these sectors. By organizing this workshop we address this gap and bring together leading scholars from innovation research, in particular environmental innovation research, and infrastructure research. We encourage theoretical as well as empirical papers, and modeling as well as case studies. With a view to identifying specificities of environmental innovation processes in infrastructure sectors, issues of particular interest in this workshop include:
characteristic features and dynamics of innovation systems for infrastructure sectors, including functions of infrastructure-related innovation systems
coordination problems in innovation processes;
the role of regulation and public policy for (environmental) innovation in infrastructure sectors;
implications of physical network components and spatial structures;
transitions towards more sustainable infrastructure systems;
specificities of relevant firms and the actor network (e. g. relevance of public vs. private firms / actors, public-private partnerships etc.).
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In total, about 25 participants will attend this workshop. The program will leave ample room for discussions and we will organize a pleasant social program. The workshop is also open to PhD students who wish to join as auditors. Please let us know before 1 August 2009 whether you wish to join by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with information on your DIME member institute and a short description of your research project. Given budget constraints, only a limited number of students can be accepted.
The workshop is organised within the context of the DIME network of excellence, WP 2.5 on environmental innovation.