Intermediaries for knowledge transfer in integrated energy planning of urban districts
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Original versionTechnology Forecasting and Social Change. 2018, . 10.1016/j.techfore.2018.07.020
The purpose of this work is to examine the role of intermediaries for knowledge transfer at different points in time. The planning of an integrated planning energy project is complex and involves diverse stakeholders with knowledge bases on different systems impacting energy planning. When to access the knowledge basis of these diverse stakeholders and how to sustain it overtime is not always clear. We propose intermediaries as both a process but also in the shape of actors to mediate knowledge transfer across different stakeholders to facilitate informed decision-making. We examine this within cases of three sustainable projects across Europe in different stages – early planning, later planning and implementation. Our findings indicate that intermediary processes and actors are key for knowledge transfer in integrated energy planning. In the early stage of integrated planning, practices need to become more aware of the role of intermediaries in resolving issues. Data and results from tools initiates a discursive intermediary process for knowledge transfer across different stakeholders. Intermediary is ongoing in the implementation stage but is more actor oriented and reactive to problems than in the planning stages.