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P283


The capability-approach and normative orientation in sustainability transformations: potentials and limitations 
Convenors:
Jens Schippl (ITAS at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Michael Schmidt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Christine Milchram (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Rafaela Hillerbrand (Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS))
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Chairs:
Christine Milchram (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Michael Schmidt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Rafaela Hillerbrand (Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS))
Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

In this session, we invite contributions that address the potentials and limitations of Nussbaum's capability approach (and related approaches) for improving normative orientation and clarity in the context of just and sustainable transitions/transformations

Long Abstract:

In sustainability transformations of sociotechnical systems such as the energy or mobility system, the last decade has brought some progress related to the implementation of low-carbon technologies like renewable electricity generation or electric mobility. However, more ambitious targets and related actions are called for to mitigate or solve grand challenges such as climate change, air pollution, or waste of space. At the same time, there has been a growing awareness in research and practice alike, that transformations to more sustainable societies can only be successful when they are inclusive and just, or at least, that perceived injustices will face controversies and rejection. In many cases, issues of social justice are implicitly or explicitly linked with low levels of support of or resistance against policy measures, which seem promising in terms of sustainable development. One reason for this is that change in complex sociotechnical systems is usually confronted with conflicting goals, at least in certain phases of the transformation processes. Against this backdrop, it is not astonishing that there is growing interest in aspects of social compatibility and justice.

Here over the past years, the capability approach (CA) was increasingly discussed as a normative framework to deal with such value conflicts and as a normative underpinning for sustainability considerations. In this session, we invite contributions that look at potentials and/or limits of Nussbaum’s Capability-Approach (and related approaches) to improve normative orientation and clarity in context of just and sustainable transformations. We would like to investigate in how far Nussbaum’s CA can help to deal adequately with competing values or foster transformations towards a more sustainable future in other ways. The organisers intend to include presentations on the applications of the CA in the mobility and in the energy sector. However, contributions from other fields of application are welcomed as well.

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