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Sociology Seminar with Frank Geels on Automobility in Transition
Date: 5 February 2013 Time: 4.15 to 6pm
Venue: Bowland North SR22
Automobility in transition? A socio-technical analysis of sustainable transport
Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability, Manchester University
Tuesday 5 February 2013, 4.15pm to 6pm, Bowland North SR 22
Climate change and deep cuts in CO2 emissions require transitions to new kinds of transport systems. To understand the dynamics of these transitions, this paper introduces a socio-technical approach which goes beyond technology fix or behaviour change. Systemic transitions entail co-evolution and multidimensional interactions between industry, technology, markets, policy, culture and civil society.
A multi-level perspective (MLP) is presented as a heuristic framework to analyze these interactions. Thepaper aims to introduce the MLP into transport studies and to show its usefulness through an application to the auto-mobility system in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. This application aims to assess the drivers, barriers and possible pathways for low-carbon transitions.
Geels, F.W., 2012, 'A socio-technical analysis of low-carbon transitions: Introducing the multi-level perspective into transport studies', Journal of Transport Geography, 24, 471-482
There will be a meal at the Sun Café where you will have a chance to talk to Frank. If you would like to come along (at own cost) please email Pennie Drinkall.
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: John Urry
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