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DecarboN8 Carbon Pathways Workshop: Monika Büscher and Nicola Spurling - Carbon Pathways and Societal Readiness

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A presentation from Professor Monika Büscher and Dr Nicola Spurling at the DecarboN8 Workshop, 'Decarbonising Transport: Connecting Carbon Targets to Action' held at the Institute for Transport Studies on 07/01/20

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DecarboN8 Carbon Pathways Workshop: Monika Büscher and Nicola Spurling - Carbon Pathways and Societal Readiness

  1. 1. Making Mobility Futures: Carbon pathways and Societal Readiness Monika Büscher and Nicola Spurling Societal Readiness Theme, Lancaster University https://decarbon8.org.uk 7 January 2020 Theme Carbon Pathways Workshop
  2. 2. UNEP 2019 What should we do?
  3. 3. We can never do one thing. Harding, in Urry 2016 Meadowhall Shopping Centre 8th November 2019 Is society ready for it? Metro
  4. 4. Such an automobility system comprises six components that in their combination generate and reproduce the ‘specific character of domination’ that it exercises: Urry 2004 the quintessential manufactured object the major item of individual consumption after housing which provides status an extraordinarily powerful complex of industries the predominant global form of ‘quasi-private’ mobility that subordinates other mobilities the dominant culture that sustains major discourses of what constitutes the good life the single most important cause of environmental resource-use We can never do one thing. Harding, in Urry 2016
  5. 5. What does (auto)mobility do to society? scarcity austerity growth ● Turn the right to the city and freedom into an individual right to mobility ● Grows mobility injustice & inequality ● Dehumanise spaces - from street to planet ● Affects health ● Locks us in
  6. 6. 485Affiliates across the globe Guardian Oct 2019 Guardian Sep 2019 6 million 64% 66% 79% 86% 88% of Americans believe we are in the middle of climate crisis of Chinese, Australian, German, and British citizens understand that climate change is mostly caused by humans 70% of British people want urgent political action to tackle climate Climate Change Coalition 2019 Is society ready for it?
  7. 7. ABC is a political and not just theoretical position in that it obscures the extent to which governments sustain unsustainable economic institutions and ways of life. Shove 2010:1274
  8. 8. Social Acceptability and Societal Readiness Levels for Systemic Innovation
  9. 9. • What we know from the morning is that this is a massive challenge, we need radical, rapid transformation • We’ve done this before: Polanyi 1944 • Disruptive innovation (ITF, FoE, DecarboN8)) • A Great Transformation is something people do, in their everyday lives, and they need to be able to do it, so how ready are our innovations for society? • What can we DO to make transformation do-able and liveable? A great mobilities transformation https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/transport/itf-transport-outlook-2019_transp_outlook-en-2019-en
  10. 10. What are our disruptive, transformative, innovations? In response to the carbon pathways? Why those? How? When? What’s their societal readiness?
  11. 11. Making Mobility Futures • Get into groups of 2 • Open your envelope. Don’t share your detailed brief just yet • Build a future place with people living in it • Backcast: What happened to make that future possible. • Document: Mark each significant event with media reports from the future.
  12. 12. Making Mobility Futures • Get into groups of 2 • Open your envelope. Don’t share your detailed brief just yet • Build a future place with people living in it • Backcast: What happened to make that future possible. • Document: Mark each significant event with media reports from the future.
  13. 13. Making Mobility Futures • Get into groups of 2 • Open your envelope. Don’t share your detailed brief just yet • Build a future place with people living in it • Backcast: What happened to make that future possible. • Document: Mark each significant event with media reports from the future.
  14. 14. Making Mobility Futures • Get into groups of 2 • Open your envelope. Don’t share your detailed brief just yet • Build a future place with people living in it • Backcast: What happened to make that future possible. • Document: Mark each significant event with media reports from the future. → 13:45ish
  15. 15. Making Mobility Futures • Get together with your other group (same place) • Discuss your visions and pathways • What do we need to know to achieve decarbonised futures in these specific places? • Write two or more research questions on the yellow paper. → 14:15ish
  16. 16. Making Mobility Futures → Present/go round • Do the same questions arise in different places? • What different questions arise? • Are society/innovations ready for each other? How do we know? And where? For whom? • What processes can support co-development of places, society, technology to get on good carbon pathways? → Cluster questions → 15:15ish
  17. 17. Making Mobility Futures → We now have some key questions. • Who are key stakeholders able to contribute to shaping carbon pathways and getting on good ones? • How can we accelerate delivery of findings/conclusions, ACTIONS? → 15:45ish
  18. 18. What next? ● Call responses and projects ● Upcoming workshops ● Conference ● +++ https://decarbon8.org.uk
  19. 19. This project has received funding from EPSRC under grant reference No. EP/S032002/1

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