Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23072
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Transformative pathways : using integrated assessment models more effectively to open up plausible and desirable low-carbon futures
Authors: Braunreiter, Lukas
van Beek, Lisette
Hajer, Maarten
van Vuuren, Detlef
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102220
10.21256/zhaw-23072
Published in: Energy Research & Social Science
Volume(Issue): 80
Issue: 102220
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
ISSN: 2214-6296
2214-6326
Language: English
Subjects: Integrated assessment modelling; Scenario; Transformation; Low-carbon future; Science-policy interface; Stakeholder engagement
Subject (DDC): 363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: Integrated assessment models (IAM) and resulting scenarios have become increasingly institutionalised and relevant in the science-policy interface of climate policy. Despite their analytical strengths to conceive low-carbon futures, their co-evolution with the transnational science-policy interface of climate politics has also led to a focus on a specific set of techno-economic futures that are typically based on a relatively narrow set of assumptions. This deviates attention from alternatives that are hardly studied by IAMs, but might be more desirable from a societal perspective. We argue that research-based models and scenarios should support rather than narrow down deliberations on possible and desirable futures and provide an impetus to enact socially desirable change. Accordingly, we propose three future directions regarding the development and use of IAMs: 1) incorporate a plurality of perspectives on plausibility and desirability through iterative participatory engagement and worldview-based scenario exploration, 2) seek collaboration with the arts and humanities to expand the range of imagined futures beyond the status quo and 3) make projected futures more tangible and experiential so that diverse societal actor groups can understand and genuinely engage with them. By deploying the indisputable analytical strengths of IAMs optimally within these suggestions, we believe they can facilitate broader societal debates about transformative pathways to low-carbon futures.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23072
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
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