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Improving Ecological Modernisation and Innovation Projects in the Developing World: Understanding reflexivity through Costa Rican hydropower disputes.



Although offering an attractive innovation-driven path to sustainable development (SD), ecological modernisation (EM) has been criticised for disregarding the social context. To illustrate the context's importance for innovation, disputes over a hydroelectric project in Costa Rica will be analysed from a reflexive perspective-where social and technical aspects mutually affect each other. Thence, this dissertation analyses alternatives to ameliorate the specific dispute, as well as to aid the inclusion of reflexivity in EM. The argument concludes that whilst technology is important for the environment, it is still not as important as how we manage technology as a society. .

Tesis presentada como requisito de la maestría Medio Ambiente Política y Globalización en el Kings College de Londres.

Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía. Secretaría de Planificación del Sub-Sector Energía - Centro de Información de Energía y Ambiente, CIENA

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