3S Theoretical Approaches


The work of 3S draws on and develops new ways of conceptualizing relations between science, innovation and society around sustainability issues. An important part of our work is breaking new theoretical ground at the interface between science and technology studies (STS), geography, sociology and political science. We are developing novel conceptual frameworks for understanding the dynamics of societal engagement in sustainability and innovation processes that are practice-based, relational and systemic. Across a number of projects these breakthroughs are being made within and between relational and co-productionist theories in STS, socio-technical transitions theory, and theories of social practice.



Key projects:



UKERC Systemic participation

ESRC critical public engagement series




Key publications:

Chilvers, J. and Longhurst, N. (2015) A Relational Co-productionist Approach to Sociotechnical Transitions. 3S Working Paper 2015-27. Norwich: Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, UEA.

Chilvers, J and Kearnes, M. (eds.) (2016) Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, Abingdon: Routledge.

Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N. and Seyfang, G. (2013) ‘Up, Down, Round and Round: Connecting Regimes and Practices in Innovation for Sustainability’ Environment and Planning A 45(2): 402-420.

Pallett, H. & Chilvers, J. 2015, ‘Organizations in the making: Learning and intervening at the science-policy interface’ Progress in Human Geography, vol 39, no. 2, pp. 146-166.

Seyfang, G. & Smith, A. (2007) ‘Grassroots innovations for sustainable development: towards a new research and policy agenda’, Environmental Politics 16 (4): 584– 603.

Haxeltine, A. Avelino, F., Pel, B., Dumitru, A.; Kemp, R.; Longhurst, N. Chilvers, J. and Wittmayer, J. M. (2016) A framework for Transformative Social Innovation (TRANSIT Working Paper # 5), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1.