Shaping changes through participatory processes. Local development and Renewable energy in rural habitats.
BELMONTE, S.; ESCALANTE, K.; FRANCO, J.
RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2015 vol. 45 p. 278 - 289
The processes of technology socio-technical adequacy, in general, and renewable energy, in particular, require paradigm changes in the way of thinking and act in the territory. These processes are key, on post, to achieve greater equality, democratic management, quality of life and environmental sustainability, particularly in the rural areas of Northwest Argentina. The paper is based on the premise that these changes are socially constructed. A set of workshops were conducted whit the purpose of discussing and reaching a consensus on conceptual, methodological and practical aspects, associated with the processes of ´technology transfer´ and rural development. Participation in the workshops focused on technical stakeholders (researchers, technicians and extension workers), identified as links between new technology and the users thereof. From these shared spaces, the conceptual model of socio-technical adequacy was validated and multiple determinants for the processes were identified and prioritized. Finally, consensual action oriented proposals in the following levels: personal-institutional, inter-institutional and public policy.This paper concludes that the areas of interaction and collective construction are necessary and feasible for implementation. These areas represent real opportunities to increase equity and improve interventions in rural habitats.