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How did the discourses on the use and governance of geoengineering develop over the last two decades? : What are potential benefits, dangers and uncertainties of the technology towards a sustainable energy transition?

Bexten, N.A. (2019) How did the discourses on the use and governance of geoengineering develop over the last two decades? : What are potential benefits, dangers and uncertainties of the technology towards a sustainable energy transition?

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Abstract:The aim of this thesis is to provide a systematic review on the implicit discourses perceived by scholars on geoengineering as an amplification station for the public perception of information processing, and ultimately its political governance. These amplification processes happen in-and outside of academic spheres, which shape those around them. Different opinions on the applicability of these kind of technologies in the context of a sustainable energy transition are going to be examined. The focus will be simultaneously on the dialectic between possible pros and cons in the use of geoengineering and their implicit connections towards their application in the context of energy transitions from an academic point of view. The discourse is derived from a selection of geoengineering discourse related articles derived from different fields of science. The possible implementation through, e.g. policy instruments for a sustainable energy transition is going to be discussed. A simple description of what can be found within the literature regarding to the existence of a dialectic between geoengineering proponents and opponents will be described. For better understanding of the potential gains and losses connected to geoengineering, some examples from the literature will be given, and later set in context to a sustainable energy transition and theirpotentialities. A case for and against the use of geoengineering on a global scale with democratic institutions will be made in conjunction with a lookout on what future research could implement from these discourses presented and what factors perhaps may be dismissed or emphasized in future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79405
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