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Governance and Innovation

The interdisciplinary research area "Governance and Innovation" at the ZTG conducts research and runs projects concerned with the relationship between politics, society, science and technology. Their focus lies on investigating the connection between social disputes over partially conflicting values and interests with socio-political, scientific and technological development processes.

The thematic fields of governance and innovation are closely interwoven. Governance, when understood as a set of considerations intended to aid socio-political guidance (coordination), not only contains but also requires innovative processes which support experimenting with, evaluating and the learning of new forms of cooperation. Conversely, innovation processes depend on the existence of suitable enabling structures. The latter refers to both a technology-oriented and a technosociological understanding of innovation. Therefore, this department's work is intended to make it clear that technical and technological innovations are also social innovations and thus involve new practices.

As a further aspect, we integrate the perspective of a socio-technical transformation into the work of our group. This is done in order to make more tangible the innovations process, as well as the dynamic and procedural approaches of governance forms and strategies. The multi-level dynamics of innovation processes can be illustrated with the help of the concept of socio-technical transformation. To that extent, the triad of governance, innovation and transformation of socio-technical (ecological) systems represents a joint ZTG research cluster, which is illustrated by numerous projects.

The aims of the department are:

(a) to develop a repertoire of terms and concepts, drawn from a wide variety of literature, to be used as "building blocks" in

(b) the development of a deeper understanding of governance and innovation research (or the more explicit perception of different conceptual approaches). This would then be implemented as a possible orientation and reflection point for the ZTG profile and research projects.

Finally, (c) the identification of research gaps as well as future projects and co-operations.

Selected Publications

  • Schäfer, M.; Mann, C.; Rückert-John, J.; Petschow, U.; Pissarskoi, E.; Vogelpohl, T.; & Jaeger-Erben, M. (2015): Umwelt- und Naturschutzpolitik als Gesellschaftspolitik –Konzepte und zukünftige Herausforderungen. Texte des  Umweltbundesamtes 04/2015.
  • Nölting, Benjamin; Balla, Dagmar; Daedlow, Katrin; Grundmann, Philipp; Oehlschläger, Katharina; Maaß, Oliver; Moss, Timothy; Steinhardt, Uta; von Bock Carlotta (2015): Gereinigtes Abwasser in der Landschaft. Ein Orientierungsrahmen für strategische Entscheidungsprozesse. Müncheberg: ZALF. http://www.elan-bb.de/media/pdf/Produkte/Orientierungsrahmen_A4.pdf
  • Mann, C. (2015): Strategies for sustainable policy design: Constructive Assessment of biodiversity impact mitigation. In: L. Loft; C. Mann & B. Hansjürgens “Governance of Ecosystem Services – Challenges for sustainable development”, Journal of Ecosystem Services, Special Issue 16, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.07.001.
  • Mann, C.; Loft, L.; & Hansjürgens, B. (2015): Governance of Ecosystem Services: Lessons learned for sustainable institutions. In: L. Loft; C. Mann & B. Hansjürgens “Governance of Ecosystem Services – Challenges for sustainable development”, Journal of Ecosystem Services, Special Issue 16.
  • Mann, C. & Simons, A. (2015): Local emergence and international developments of conservation trading systems: innovation dynamics and related problems. Journal of Environmental Conservation, Vol.  42(4): 325–334, doi: 10.1017/S0376892914000381.
  • Mann, C. (2015): Sustainable Innovations: Technical Cooperation and Partnerships as New Forms of Governance. Ideas That Work – The South African Public Sector Innovation Journal, Vol. 5(2): 40–42.
  • Aderhold, J.; Mann, C.; Rückert-John, J.; & Schäfer, M. (2014): Experimentierraum Stadt: Good Governance für soziale Innovationen auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigkeitstransformation. Texte des  Umweltbundesamtes 04/2015.
  • Moss, Timothy; Nölting, Benjamin (Hrsg.) (2014): Mehrschichtige Institutionenanalyse zum nachhaltigen Landmanagement. Chancen und Hemmnisse der Nutzung von gereinigtem Abwasser. Müncheberg: ZALF (ELaN Discussion Paper, 7/2014).
  • Rückert-John, J./Jaeger-Erben, M./Aderhold, J./John, R. (2013): Soziale Innovationen für nachhaltigen Konsum. Beiträge zur Sozialinnovation Nr. 11. ISInova Institut Berlin.
  • Rückert-John, J. (Hrsg.) (2013): Soziale Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit. Wiesbaden: Springer
  • Nölting, Benjamin; Daedlow, Katrin (2012), Einblick in die Akteurslandschaft zum Wasser- und Landmanagement in Brandenburg und Berlin. Am Beispiel der Stoffströme „geklärtes Abwasser“ und „Magnesium-Ammonium-Phosphat-Dünger“. Müncheberg: ZALF (ELaN Discussion Paper, 3/2012). ISBN: 978-3-943679-03-8.
  • Walk, Heike (2011): Partizipative Governance. Beteiligungsformen in der Klimapolitik, in: Demirovic, Alex/ Walk, Heike: Demokratie und Governance. Kritische Perspektiven auf neue Formen politischer Herrschaft, Münster: Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, S. 131-148.
  • Schön, S./Kruse, S./Meister, M./Nölting, B./Ohlhorst, D. (2007): Handbuch Konstellationsanalyse. Ein interdisziplinäres Brückenkonzept für die Nachhaltigkeits-, Innovations- und Technikforschung. München: oekom Verlag.

 

 

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