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Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda

Environmental Politics, Vol. 16, No. 4, 584 – 603, August 2007

Gill Seyfang, Adrian Smith, August 2007

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Summary :

Innovation and community action are two important strands for sustainable development. Yet they have not hitherto been linked. Community action is a neglected, but potentially important, site of innovative activity. Bridging this divide offers a novel theoretical approach to the study of community-level action for sustainability. The opportunities presented by grassroots innovation are discussed, as are the challenges confronting activity at this level, and a new agenda for community-level sustainable development research and policy.