Florian Kern

Biography

Dr Kern is head of group ecological economics and environmental policy at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). He also coordinates the Institute’s crosscutting themes “Innovation and Technology” and “Environmental Policy and Governance”. He is associate editor of Research Policy and a member of the steering group of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network. His research focuses on the politics of sustainability transitions.

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Episode 6: Why we need visionaries and intermediaries: The case of the EU, Circular Economy and Ellen MacArthur.

Episode 6: Why we need visionaries and intermediaries: The case of the EU, Circular Economy and Ellen MacArthur.
Deep Transitions Podcast Series

 
 
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What does a British sailor have to do with the EU directives supporting the circular economy? How likely are we to move away from linear production, and what role will international organisations play in this shift? Find out with Florian Kern in our final podcast this series: Why we need visionaries and intermediaries: The case of…

International organisations and the governance of deep transitions: The case of a transition towards a circular economy

This paper contributes to a recent strand of work within the field of sustainability transitions that combines the multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions with techno-economic paradigm thinking. Schot and Kanger (2018) and Kanger and Schot (2018) developed a framework which aims to explain the emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality of deep transitions. They define a…
Blog - December 18, 2019

International organisations as drivers of transformative change: The case of the European Union and the circular economy

Global ecological degradation and growing social inequalities are two major challenges our world is facing in the 21st century. These challenges have been created by practices of mass production and consumption that have come to dominate societal systems since the onset of the industrial revolution, about 250 years ago. These practices, based for example on…