Innovations and Techno-ecological Transition

Smart Innovation Set - Volume 7

Innovations and Techno-ecological Transition

Fabienne Picard, University Bourgogne Franche-Comté – UTBM Belfort, France
Corinne Tanguy, University Bourgogne Franche-Comté – AgroSup Dijon, France

ISBN : 9781848218765

Publication Date : October 2016

Softcover 132 pp

105 USD



This book aims to present a systemic perspective on the techno-ecologic transition to a decarbonated society. The transition towards a low-carbon society is currently an important political, technological, economical and social issue. This transition implies a paradigmatic shift in energy production and energy consumption, in human interaction with natural resources. It questions the way of developing more sustainable technologies and the role of innovations in this process, whether technological or not. How do we go beyond the current lock-in generated by fossil energy?

The ongoing progress of innovation is analyzed in the context of a number of the main societal functions, with a focus on energy and food production.
However, there remains a gap between intention and action and the management of this transition will take time and will require a broad diffusion of knowledge about this topic among the relevant economic, legal and political actors.

The purpose of this book is to highlight from a systemic perspective what is at stake in the current innovations.


1. A Necessary Transition?
2. Energy Transitions.
3. Agro-ecological Transitions.

About the authors/editors

Fabienne Picard is Associate Professor (HDR) in Economics of Innovation at the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté – UTBM Belfort in France. A researcher at Femto-ST UMR CNRS 6174 / FCLab FR CNRS 3539, her research focuses on regional innovation policies, energy transitions and sustainable business models.
Corinne Tanguy is Associate Professor in Industrial Organization at the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté – AgroSup Dijon in France. She is a researcher at CESAER (UMR INRA-AgroSup Dijon) and Vice-President of the Research Network on Innovation. Her main research concerns territorial dynamics and innovation networks, especially in the food sector.