Journal paper: Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development

Seyfang, G. and Smith, A. (2007) ‘Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development: Towards a new research and policy agenda’ in Environmental Politics 16(4) pp.584-683

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.