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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

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: John Urry

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Sociology


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