Why “Time”? Issues and Approaches
Research on the transformation into more sustainable societies is aware of temporal elements of transformation processes. Temporal factors that are particularly relevant for the explanation, modelling and prediction of processes of transformative social change, and for influencing and shaping them include: The triggers of change; the sequence of the phases of diffusion of innovation; the different durations of change processes, which take place at different levels and are advanced by various agents or players; the appropriate pace of change specific to each agent and governance level; the timing, i.e. the “right” time and window of opportunity for promising impulses for changes; the durability of the change processes. The book enlarges upon and complements the discussion of these temporal elements in the transformation process with concepts and findings from time (policy) research, socio-ecological sustainability research, behavioural economics, consumer research, research into welfare and “the good life”, and more.