The anatomy of change in urban infrastructure landscapes:cooking landscapes in Maputo, Mozambique


Rapid urbanisation and global environmental transformations require rethinking the material and social configurations of cities. The concept of ‘transitions’ has gained traction to guide such processes of infrastructure change towards net-zero, resilient societies both in academic and policy conversations. In this paper, we examine what notions of change are deployed in these debates. Specifically, we argue that transition theory conceptualises change as triggered by intentional actions and innovations by emphasising the functional drivers leading change. While deliberate actions cause changes, not all change follows strategic intent. Instead, transitions also depend on contingent relations between social actors and material objects, which cannot always be planned or anticipated. The concept of ‘urban infrastructure landscape’ helps reveal the non-strategic aspects of transitions. The example of improved cookstoves in Maputo, Mozambique, demonstrates the change envisaged in current energy policy and the changes on the ground.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: energy access,energy landscapes,improved cookstoves,Urban infrastructure landscapes,Geography, Planning and Development,Environmental Science(all),Nature and Landscape Conservation,Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Publication ISSN: 1469-9710
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:37
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 09:03
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-03-22
Published Online Date: 2022-03-22
Accepted Date: 2021-11-08
Authors: Castán Broto, Vanesa
Robin, Enora
Whitehead, Timothy (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8751-1484)

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