Biography

Laur Kanger is a research fellow in sustainability transitions at Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and a senior research fellow in technology research at Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu. Together with Johan Schot he has developed the original Deep Transitions framework. He is currently a member of two ongoing 5-year research projects on Deep Transitions, one in Sussex (2017-2022) and another in Tartu (2019-2023). Laur is currently researching the historical evolution of mass production, conceptualizing the spatial dynamics of Deep Transitions and developing ways to measure possible ruptures in industrial modernity.

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The spatial dynamics of deep transitions

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Deep Transitions: Towards a comprehensive framework for mapping major continuities and ruptures in industrial modernity

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Deep transitions: A mixed methods study of the historical evolution of mass production

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The Spatial Dynamics of Deep Transitions

Industrial civilization is currently evolving along a fundamentally unsustainable trajectory, contributing to climate change, resource depletion and loss of biodiversity. A recent Deep Transitions framework (Schot and Kanger, 2018; Kanger and Schot, 2019) argues that this trajectory has been built up through the First Deep Transition: a 250-year co-evolution of multiple socio-technical systems. However, to…

Episode 1: Everything you Need to know about Deep Transitions (in a Nutshell..)

Deep Transitions
Deep Transitions
Episode 1: Everything you Need to know about Deep Transitions (in a Nutshell..)
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What links Victorians riding penny farthings on the streets of London to Indian commuters on public transport in 21st century megacities, like Kolkata? Why does your new computer need to be faster? Your new television bigger and sharper? Laur Kanger and Research Fellow Bipashyee Ghosh answer these questions and more on their whistle-stop tour of…
Blog - February 24, 2020

What does it take to achieve radical societal change?

Try to imagine a person writing the following words: “Preponderance in aviation may give way to equality; planes may become as commonplace and unimportant in the balance of war and peace as rifles are today. The only possible superiority in the air may depend on morale, flying skill, strategy, and a ready supply of petroleum….

Deep Transitions: Emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality

Industrial society has not only led to high levels of wealth and welfare in the Western world, but also to increasing global ecological degradation and social inequality. The socio-technical systems that underlay contemporary societies have substantially contributed to these outcomes. This paper proposes that these sociotechnical systems are an expression of a limited number of…