Socio-technical transition

Socio-technical transition – what is the transition of nutrient economy?

Socio-technical transition implies the change in system structures, functions and the simultaneous change of their interplay that creates prerequisites both for the wellbeing in the future and the sustainable development.

Different systemic changes and transitions have  occurred on the earth throughout the history, for instance the transition from sailing boats to steam boats. At the moment, industrializing developing countries are bypassing the interphases of communication transition, leapfrogging straight into wireless communication. Also the nutrient economy is in the prephase of transition, as the planetary boundary for nitrogen has been transgressed multifold and the boundary for phosphorus is on the threshold.

The aim of the NUTS project is to move from the present nutrient cycle system to a sustainable one. This can be achieved by defining the regional and local limits for the nutrient cycles. Once these limits have been identified, it will be possible to outline different pathways that will lead to sustainable nutrient economy.

Systemic change or transition can neither be achieved or managed by only few actors, nor with some technological or innovative solutions. The structural change requires a transition arena composed of different actors from different domains. The transition arena is established in order to define the problem explicitly and determine future visions and agendas. More specifically, enabling and constraining actors will be identified, regulation concerning nutrient economy will be reassessed, and the measures for the commercialization of new promising innovations will be created.

The transition arena will start to be formulated after the workshop in September which you can read about from the news section.

You can read more about Transition Management approach and its applications into practice from the following links: