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Andersson, J. & Hellsmark, H. (2024). Directionality in transformative policy missions: The case of reaching net zero emissions in the Swedish process industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 437, Article ID 140664.
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2024 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 437, article id 140664Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

This paper proposes a directionality framework that highlights goal, sector and solution as key dimensions of transformative policy missions. The framework is used to investigate the directionality of process industry decarbonization in Sweden, by analyzing the orientation of projects supported by the major national funding program the ‘Industry Leap’ between 2017 and 2022. The results show that innovation activities (i) mainly aim to reduce fossil emissions rather than produce negative emissions, (ii) focus on the steel and chemicals industries, and (iii) engage mostly with carbon capture, electrification and hydrogen. This indicates that innovation activities are somewhat narrow and imbalanced, which suggests that policymakers should promote broader experimentation. The theoretical and empirical contribution of this paper supports academics, policymakers and other actors in understanding, evaluating and shaping the directionality of transformative policy missions.

National Category
Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-70528 (URN)10.1016/j.jclepro.2024.140664 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 48508-1
Note

The research presented in this paper was funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (grant no. 48508-1). They also shared data about projects co-funded by the Industry Leap, but had no other involvement in the research.

Available from: 2024-01-22 Created: 2024-01-22 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved
Plummer, P., Andersson, J. & Lennerfors, T. T. (2024). Foraging for development: An analysis of the Swedish wild berry innovation system. Agricultural Systems, 216, Article ID 103901.
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2024 (English)In: Agricultural Systems, ISSN 0308-521X, E-ISSN 1873-2267, Vol. 216, article id 103901Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

CONTEXT Driven by strategic objectives such as regional development, increased domestic value added, improved labour conditions and reduced environmental impacts, a range of actors are pursuing innovation related to the Swedish wild berry value chain. OBJECTIVE Our objective is to analyse the structure, functions and directionality of the Swedish wild berry innovation system and draw implications for ongoing efforts to develop the value chain. METHODS Our study is based on 18 semi-structured interviews, participant observations and a range of secondary sources. We use an analytical framework based on the agricultural innovation systems approach and pay specific attention to reflexivity, directionality and non-human materiality. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION The Swedish wild berry innovation system is fragmented as incumbent berry companies are absent from efforts to develop and reconfigure the value chain. The fragmentation is a result of the partly conflicting objectives among actors in the innovation system. There is a need for broader governance networks to navigate trade-offs and enable the commercialisation of new solutions. Successful innovation likely hinges on institutional change, particularly when it comes to efforts to improve labour conditions for migrant workers. SIGNIFICANCE Our study contributes empirically to research on non-timber forest product value chains and offers insights for actors pursuing innovation related to Swedish wild berries. We contribute to theoretical development in the agricultural innovation systems literature by incorporating attention reflexivity, directionality and non-human materiality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2024
National Category
Economics and Business Political Science Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-72022 (URN)10.1016/j.agsy.2024.103901 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02839 region
Note

The research presented in this paper was conducted within the national centre FINEST – Food Innovation for Sustainable System Transition. The authors gratefully acknowledge funding from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) (Grant no. 2020-02839region)

Available from: 2024-02-27 Created: 2024-02-27 Last updated: 2024-03-01Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Plummer, P., Lennerfors, T. T. & Hedberg, C. (2024). Socio-techno-ecological transition dynamics in the re-territorialization of food production: the case of wild berries in Sweden. Sustainability Science
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2024 (English)In: Sustainability Science, ISSN 1862-4065, E-ISSN 1862-4057Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [sv]

Recent geopolitical and economic crises underline the need for a European transition towards a more sustainable food system. Scholars and policymakers have called for a re-territorialization of food production to strike a better balance between local, regional and global value chains. This paper explores the role of re-territorialization through an analysis of the emergence, development and current transformation of the Swedish wild berry value chain. The analysis combines the multi-level perspective on sustainability transitions with a socio-techno-ecological system approach and draws on interviews, informal conversations, participant observations and a range of secondary sources. The resulting case narrative shows how processes of de-territorialization may result in regimes that fail to address sustainability potential and problems. It also highlights that processes of re-territorialization challenge established regimes by promoting niches that represent diferent, albeit complementary, value chain confgurations. Apart from a rich empirical narrative that brings useful knowledge to stakeholders to the Swedish wild berry value chain, the paper contributes to the theoretical understanding re-territorialization, shows how the ecological dimension can be accounted for with the multi-level perspective on sustainability transitions and presents a number of general policy implications.

National Category
Engineering and Technology Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-72116 (URN)10.1007/s11625-023-01461-7 (DOI)2-s2.0-85186231713 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02839Swedish Research Council Formas, 2021-02226
Note

The authors gratefully acknowledge funding from The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, FORMAS (grant no. 2020-02839 and 2021-02226).

Available from: 2024-03-04 Created: 2024-03-04 Last updated: 2024-05-27Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Lennerfors, T. T. & Fornstedt, H. (2024). Towards a socio-techno-ecological approach to sustainability transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 51, Article ID 100846.
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2024 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, Vol. 51, article id 100846Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature on sustainability transitions departs from the idea that social and environmental problems call for transformative change but employs socio-technical frameworks that treat nature as a passive context. In this paper, we argue that transitions research should adopt a socio-technoecological approach that accounts better for ecological elements. To take steps in this direction, we review adjacent literature that engages with socio-ecological and socio-techno-ecological systems concepts. Based on insights from this literature, we discuss emerging topics for the development of a socio-techno-ecological transitions framework. Our contribution paves the way for further theoretical development and empirical validation by motivating, contextualizing and sketching a roadmap towards a more comprehensive approach to transitions research.

National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73083 (URN)10.1016/j.eist.2024.100846 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02839
Note

The research presented in this paper was conducted within the FINEST center and the authors gratefully acknowledge funding from The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS, grant no. 2020-02839). 

Available from: 2024-04-24 Created: 2024-04-24 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved
Plummer, P., Andersson, J. & Lennerfors, T. (2023). Foraging for development: An analysis of the Swedish wild berry innovation system. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Wildberry Conference. Umeå, Sweden, 7-8 September, 2023.
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2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Driven by strategic objectives such as regional development, increased domestic value added, improved labour conditions and reduced environmental impacts, a range of actors are pursuing innovation related to the Swedish wild berry value chain. The aim of our paper is to analyse the dynamics and directionality of Swedish wild berry innovation and draw implications for ongoi ng efforts to develop the Swedish wild berry value chain. Our study is based on 18 semi structured interviews, multiple informal conversations, participant observations and a range of secondary sources. We use an analytical framework based on the agricultu ral innovation systems approach and pay specific attention to ecology, reflexivity and directionality. Our analysis suggests that the Swedish wild berry innovation system is fragmented as a result of partly conflicting objectives among actors in the innova tion system. We argue that there is a need for broader governance networks to navigate trade offs and enable the commercialization of new solutions. Our findings suggest that successful innovation likely hinges on institutional change, particularly when it comes to efforts to improve labour conditions for migrant workers. Our study contributes empirically to research on non timber forest product value chains and offers insights for actors pursuing innovation related to Swedish wild berries. We also contribu te to theoretical development in the agricultural innovation systems literature by incorporating attention to ecology, reflexivity and directionality.

National Category
Agricultural Science, Forestry and Fisheries
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-73076 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Wildberry Conference. Umeå, Sweden, 7-8 September, 2023
Available from: 2024-04-18 Created: 2024-04-18 Last updated: 2024-05-07Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Hojcková, K. & Sandén, B. A. (2023). On the functional and structural scope of technological innovation systems – A literature review with conceptual suggestions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 49, Article ID 100786.
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2023 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, Vol. 49, article id 100786Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reviews how the functional and structural scope of technological innovation systems (TIS) are understood in the literature. We find that it is often unclear if the system function involves innovation, production or both, and a lack of agreement as to whether structural elements are social or social and technical. Since these issues risk hindering cumulative knowledge development and conceptual advancements, we argue that a clear and shared underlying system model is needed. Taking steps in this direction, we propose that the function of a TIS is to develop and shape a specific technology; that this technology can be understood as a production-consumption system; and that the structural elements of a TIS are social, technical and possibly ecological. In addition, we offer guidance to boundary-setting in empirical case studies. We hope that the paper will inspire continued conceptual development in the TIS community and beyond.

National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67729 (URN)10.1016/j.eist.2023.100786 (DOI)
Note

The research presented in this paper was funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (Grant no. 39885-1). 

Available from: 2023-11-06 Created: 2023-11-06 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Brattström, A., Johansson, E., Frishammar, J., Andersson, J. & Hellsmark, H. (2023). Samarbeten för grön teknologi — Förutsättningar för att lyckas med hållbarhetsallianser. MGMT of Innovation and Technology (Okt), Article ID 3.
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2023 (Swedish)In: MGMT of Innovation and Technology, no Okt, article id 3Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67554 (URN)
Available from: 2023-10-20 Created: 2023-10-20 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Hellsmark, H. & Sanden, B. (2021). Photovoltaics in Sweden - Success or failure?. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 143, Article ID 110894.
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2021 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 143, article id 110894Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Promoting global energy transitions while stimulating domestic industrialization requires national policymaking that shapes technological innovation towards specific outcomes. Although this is inherently difficult, historical case studies may bring a better understanding of innovation dynamics and thereby guide the design of future policy interventions. The purpose of this paper is to review and analyze the emergence of Swedish photovoltaics technology from a policy perspective. Our main aim is to provide a retrospective account of historical developments, but we also derive more general insights about technological innovation and related policy challenges. The paper departs from an adapted analytical framework based on the technological innovation systems approach. Our review identifies four decades of Swedish research that has largely failed to drive domestic commercialization, the rise and fall of an industry that mainly served international markets, and a rapidly growing domestic market based on imported products. This situation is the result of mismatches and fragmentation among key innovation processes, which have not been addressed by strategic policy interventions. We suggest that policymakers should promote a full range of innovation processes and consider making innovation support subject to a payback mechanism that delivers a return on public investments even if industries and markets emerge abroad. Our study also demonstrates how the technological innovation systems approach can be extended to include the function commercialization and emphasizes the importance of paying attention to the directionality of technological innovation processes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Ltd, 2021
Keywords
International trade; Investments; Solar power generation, Energy transitions; Innovation policies; Photovoltaics; Policy intervention; Swedishs; Systems approach; Technological innovation; Technological innovation systems; Technological system; Technology policy, Solar energy
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67370 (URN)10.1016/j.rser.2021.110894 (DOI)2-s2.0-85102457382 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-09-22 Created: 2023-09-22 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Plummer, P., Andersson, J., Lennerfors, T. T. & Forsberg, P. (2021). Rewilding sustainability transitions: A socio-techno-ecological systems perspective on the Swedish wild berry industry. In: : . Paper presented at 11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference. Karlsruhe, Germany..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rewilding sustainability transitions: A socio-techno-ecological systems perspective on the Swedish wild berry industry
2021 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-68865 (URN)
Conference
11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference. Karlsruhe, Germany.
Available from: 2024-01-08 Created: 2024-01-08 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved
Andersson, J., Hellsmark, H. & Sandén, B. (2021). The outcomes of directionality: Towards a morphology of sociotechnical systems. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 40, 108-131
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The outcomes of directionality: Towards a morphology of sociotechnical systems
2021 (English)In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, ISSN 2210-4224, E-ISSN 2210-4232, Vol. 40, p. 108-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier BV, 2021
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67347 (URN)10.1016/j.eist.2021.06.008 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-09-21 Created: 2023-09-21 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
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