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Sweet dreams (are made of cellulose): Sociotechnical imaginaries of second-generation bioenergy in the global debate
Linköpings universitet, Tema Miljöförändring.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8110-4538
2014 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 107, 431-437 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper critically examines the sociotechnical imaginaries of second-generation bioenergy technology in the global debate, exemplified by the deliberations of international organizations specializing in food and agriculture, energy security, and climate change. The analysis is guided by two objectives: first, to identify and illuminate visions of future advanced biofuels by implementing the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries; second, to scrutinize these imaginaries using a critical and diagnostic utopian method to determine whether the projected visions entail the promise of radical change and hope for socioeconomic transition to a “green” future, or instead manifest an ideological stranglehold striving to perpetuate the status quo. The article demonstrates that sociotechnical imaginaries of advanced biofuel technology superficially project the illusion of utopian potential. On closer examination, however, visions of future second-generation biofuels are limited by the necessity of cost-effectiveness that underpins market competitiveness. They manifest utopian impotence to imagine the future beyond the ideological closure of the currently dominant socioeconomic system.

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Elsevier , 2014. Vol. 107, 431-437 p.
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bioenergy; second-generation; sociotechnical imaginaries; international organizations; future; utopia
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265394DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.09.014ISI: 000345474800041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265394DiVA: diva2:865447
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