Gaps, barriers and conceptual chasms: theories of technology transfer and energy in buildings

Shove, Elizabeth (1998) Gaps, barriers and conceptual chasms: theories of technology transfer and energy in buildings. Energy Policy, 26 (15). pp. 1105-1112. ISSN 0301-4215

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Having shown how much energy might be saved through the use of economically worthwhile measures and technologies, researchers and policy makers then find themselves trying to close the gap between current practice and recognised technical potential. The ensuing process of technology transfer is often seen as a process of overcoming 'non technical barriers' which inhibit the realisation of proven technical potential. This familiar approach depends upon a strong conceptual distinction between the social, on the one hand, and the technical, on the other, But does it make sense to talk of technical potential in the abstract? Do people really have technologies 'transferred' upon them? Drawing upon ideas from the sociology of science and technology and on recent research funded by Britain's Economic and Social Research Council, this paper unpacks conventional beliefs about the diffusion of energy efficient technologies and suggests an alternative approach which acknowledges the social structuring of technical innovation. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Energy Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/hm
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 52988
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2012 09:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 08:07

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