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Diverse regional sustainability strategies: template for the future or squandered resources?

Harper, Gavin David J. and Wells, Peter Erskine 2012. Diverse regional sustainability strategies: template for the future or squandered resources? International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 12 (2) , pp. 153-171. 10.1504/IJATM.2012.046860

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Abstract

To date, regional sustainability has been given attention because it is often the case that key actors and stakeholders can be coordinated at this level. However, scant attention has been given to the question of whether and to what extent regionally-defined solutions for sustainability could and should be different to each other. Taking the example of the automotive industry this paper explores both theoretically and empirically the extent of diversity at a regional level in the UK where three regions (the North East, the West Midlands, and Wales) have adopted quite distinct trajectories and emphases (electric cars, low carbon cars and hydrogen cars, respectively) around novel mobility infrastructures and their attendant industrial bases. We use the transitions framework to interrogate the degree to which diversity is an inevitable outcome from the quest for sustainability at the local and regional levels considered against a backdrop of turbulent change as regional development agencies are abolished in favour of local enterprise partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional sustainability initiatives; ultra-low emission vehicles; ULEVs; recharging infrastructure; inter-regional competition; diversity; automobile industry; sustainable development; automotive manufacturing; UK; United Kingdom; electric vehicles; low carbon vehicles; hydrogen vehicles; regional development agencies; local enterprise partnerships
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1470-9511
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28529

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