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Low Carbon at Work: Modelling agents and organisations to achieve transition to a low carbon Europe

Objective

The project will provide a theoretically and empirically grounded analysis of everyday practices in the workplace, of the macro and micro-level processes which act as drivers for and constraints upon sustainable practices in different types of workplaces across different European countries, and the relationship between work and outside work practices.

These analyses will constitute the empirical basis for developing: agent-based models, which will provide a detailed account of barriers to and drivers for cooperation in transitioning to a low-carbon Europe; and back-casting scenarios, which will allow the mapping out of different pathways to a desirable, future low-carbon Europe. These results will be translated into detailed, articulated descriptions of how to encourage cooperative interaction to reach a sustainable Europe.

The project will focus on 6 European case studies of large-scale organizations operating under different national and international contexts and occupying different relevant positions in the sustainability debate (state and private). It will focus on three main categories of practices at work, responsible for the GHG emissions of each organization: consumption of materials and energy, generation of waste and waste management, and organization-related mobility. The project will follow a multi-method approach that will include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies (interviews, questionnaires, agent-based modelling etc.)

The findings will provide European policy makers with a more integrated understanding of how the workplace can become a crucial centre for engaging individuals, collectives (e.g. trade unions) and management in new sustainability practices, and with recommendations for context-sensitive policies that would enhance successful cooperation among agents in the transition to a low-carbon Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 304 039,80
Administrative Contact
Amalia Blanco Louro (Prof.)

Participants (6)

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 198 700,80
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helene Risberg (Ms.)
UNIVERSITATEA DE VEST DIN TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 198 600
Address
Bd Vasile Parvan 4
300223 Timisoara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Doina Chilarescu (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 699
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sue Angulatta (Ms.)
THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 196 164
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emma Wing (Mrs.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 198 699
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Vleeskens (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 198 519
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filomena Tarantino (Dr.)