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Exploring transitions pathways to sustainable, low carbon societies

Objective

The ambitious EU policy goals to move to sustainable, resource efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient and biodiversity rich societies requires substantial transitions in the energy system and land-use and food systems. Different scientific approaches offer different perspectives on transitions, each with strengths and weaknesses. The PATHWAYS project takes a step in coupling three scientific disciplines, i.e. integrated assessment analysis, transitions studies and participative action research, to generate a chain of analysis. This chain links the goal-oriented, quantitative, 1) systems-wide analysis from IAM models to 2) the ‘thick’ analysis of transitions as dynamic, multi-scale processes from transitions studies to 3) finally real-world insights from participative action research. By doing so, the PATHWAYS project will be able to develop a more integrated methodological approach for analyzing on-going transitions pathways in key transitions domains relevant for EU policy (energy and land-use & food). Taken together, we can go beyond existing research as we account for long-term economic or technological consequences, but also the opportunities and barriers for innovation, and the role, attitudes, resources and strategies of key actors. The chain will also be able to link the macro level of European goals to the micro level of implementation. For the latter, the project will particularly focus on “bottom-up” level of transitions-in-the-making (specific projects) in a set of selected European cities and regions, and analyse case studies related to the power system, transport, household energy use, food production and consumption and bio-energy. Information from these studies will be used to also update the transition pathways at the macro-level. The main outputs will be concepts (transition pathways) and methods to assess progress towards desired sustainability transitions, based on a well-founded knowledge base.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT
Address
Rijnstraat 8
2500 EX Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 591 189
Administrative Contact
Detlef Van Vuuren (Prof.)

Participants (8)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 397 199
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Geels (Prof.)
FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 346 000
Address
Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eberle Monica (Mrs.)
WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 249
Address
Doppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Sauter-Merten (Ms.)
STIFTELSEN THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 358 774
Address
Box 24218
104 51 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simon Persson (Mr.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 402 198,40
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 990
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 93 036,26
Address
Campo Grande Edificio C1 Piso 3
1749 016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helia Rodrigues (Mrs.)
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 107 862,74
Address
Universitaetsplatz 10
6108 Halle (Saale)
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Störmer Luise (Ms.)