Technological revolutions, socio-technical transitions and the role of agency: Värmland’s transition to a regional bio-economy

Paulina Ramirez*

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The paper draws on the literatures on techno-economic paradigms and socio-technical transitions to analyse the impact of technological revolutions on regional development. Based on interview data collected from policymakers and regional firms, the paper adopts a multi-scalar approach to analyse the role of agency and strategy formulation in the emergence of a new bio-based techno-economic paradigm and the early stages of a process of socio-technical transition towards a forest-based bio-economy in the Värmland Region of Sweden. The paper contributes to an understanding of the role of strategic agency in new regional path creation in the context of radically technological change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1651
Number of pages10
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number10-11
Early online date17 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research underpinning this article was funded by the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions–RISE [grant agreement number 691192]. I thank the four anonymous reviewers for their very helpful comments, which led to a substantive review of the early version of the paper. I also thank the editors and staff of Regional Studies for their patience during the challenging period of the pandemic.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • technological revolution
  • socio-technical transitions
  • bio-economy
  • regional path creation
  • multinationals
  • innovation policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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