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Study on the Social Innovation Process of Urban Communities: Focusing on Transition Towns

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2022, 31(2), pp.27-65
  • DOI : 10.22739/ipaid.2022.31.2.27
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies
  • Received : June 21, 2022
  • Accepted : August 31, 2022
  • Published : August 30, 2022

Kyung Mi Lee 1

1연세대학교(미래캠퍼스) 빈곤문제국제개발연구원

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ABSTRACT

This study examined the energy self-sufficiency level of transition towns (TTs), the strategic niche operation process, and the way niche influences regimes to understand the social innovation process of the informal sector. Specifically, it investigated the seven transition towns (TTs) in Seoul, which have continued their activities for at least a year following the end of government support. To this end, a case study was used. The results show that TT’s residents were maturing as energy transition agents, learning at various levels, and establishing a network with external actors. As a niche, the TTs were copied and expanded while pursuing the energy transition movement vision, and translation processes also appeared in some TTs. This study’s first implication is that TTs have become soil for the growth of energy actors. Second, the active local community influenced the existing regime as a niche. Third, providing follow-up support to maintain the community was a major task. Fourth, a system that can check energy consumption was required in the housing estate, such as apartment-type villages. Fifth, it was necessary to develop TTs as a model to promote energy transition in the local community.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.