This section explores the idea of 'grassroots innovation', looking at different kinds of innovation that are associated with this term, and how they relate to sustainability - and interact with more mainstream ideas and processes.
Fressoli, M., Arond, E., Abrol, D., Smith, A., Ely, A. and Dias (2014) When grassroots innovation movements encounter mainstream institutions: implications for models of inclusive innovation, Innovation and Development 4:2, 277-292 (or view the Open Access 'submitted' version)
In this lecture, Dr Adrian Smith (Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex) looks at different forms of grassroots innovation from around the world and how they can contribute to sustainable development.
Smith, A., Fressoli, M. and Thomas, H. (2013) Grassroots innovation movements: challenges and contributions, Journal of Cleaner Production, 63: 114-12
Seyfang, J. and Smith, A. (2007) Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Development: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda, Environmental Politics 16(4): 584-603
‘Grassroots innovation: historical and comparative perspectives’, STEPS project webpage