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Open Access From niche to mainstream: the dilemmas of scaling up sustainable alternatives

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At the heart of transition research lies the question of how to “scale up” sustainable alternatives from a protected niche to the creation of mainstream practices.While upscaling processes are often seen as an essential element that contributes to societal transformation, upscaling itself remains a fuzzy concept.We argue that some fundamental dilemmas of upscaling can be identified, for example, the different understanding of the concept by researchers and practitioners. The dilemmas should be addressed in a more reflexive way by those from the worlds of science and practice who are involved in collaborative research settings.

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Keywords: real-worlds labs; societal transformation; sustainability transitions; transdisciplinary research; transitions research; upscaling

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: October 15, 2020

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