Extending model-based transformation pathways to socio-technical scenarios via co-creation of transformative policy mixes

January 18, 2022


Type Lecture
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Date(s) February 1, 2022 18:30 — 19:30
Location Online
Capacity 300 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
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Registration Period January 12, 2022 — January 31, 2022
Contact Secretariat, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
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IFI Seminar Series on Sustainability Transitions
"Extending model-based transformation pathways to socio-technical scenarios via co-creation of transformative policy mixes"


There is a long-standing debate on the usefulness of model-based transformation path-ways for informing policy makers in the context of sustainability transitions. The main reasons are that the models usually do not address certain socio-technical aspects and that the tacit knowledge of stakeholders is not taken into account. One proposed solution is the co-creation of transformative policy mixes with stakeholders, extending the model-based pathways to socio-technical scenarios with qualitative assessments of the transformation pathways. The objective of co-creating transformative policy mixes is the mutual learning of scientists and key stakeholders about how a desired transformation could be realized and which context factors need to be taken into account. In particular, the identification of central bottlenecks can raise awareness of the challenges to be tack-led within future policy processes and be integrated in future modeling exercises.

In this talk, we explain the conceptual background for co-creating transformative policy mixes with key stakeholders as one option to extend the model-based pathways. In particular, we introduce the basic concept of a policy mix and elaborate on the dimensions of a transformative policy mix. Furthermore, we describe a typology of bottlenecks by referring to common stakeholder concerns and consider how to map the relevant stakeholder groups. Finally, we take a look at first European case studies related to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality, which are currently in preparation.

Dr. Jakob Wachsmuth
Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
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