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Strategic niche management as a tool for transition to a sustainable transportation system.

Objective

To develop and apply the concept of strategic niche management as an approach to moving away from presently unsustainable transport technologies and practices.

OBJECTIVES:
To develop and apply the concept of strategic niche management as an approach to moving away from presently unsustainable transport technologies and practices.

DESCRIPTION:
The project examines how niches for alternative transport technologies are created and managed by various actors, and how public policy can contribute to the wider diffusion and development of new transport technologies and systems by building upon these niches.
The research applies the theory of evolutionary change (which is a combination of evolutionary and sociological theories of technical change and strategic management theory) to the problem of making a long-term shift towards a more sustainable transport system.
More specifically, the project develops and applies the concept of strategic niche management to the problem of a technological regime shift in transport. This concept entails the creation and management of niches for radically new technologies. It differs from the "technology-push" approach (that underlies most of today's transport policies) by bringing in knowledge and expertise of users and other parties into the technology development process and to generate interactive learning processes and institutional adaptation.
The concept of strategic niche management is applied in 12 case studies of developments of sustainable transport technologies in several European countries. The focus of the case studies is on the ways in which niches are created and managed by various actors, and how policy could be used to stimulate the further development of new transport technologies and concepts by building upon these experiments.
The project also includes assessments of the environmental benefit and employment consequences connected with the use of more sustainable transport technologies and practices.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7500 AE Enschede
Netherlands

Participants (5)

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Spain
Address
S/n,isla De La Cartuja S/n, World Trade Centre
41092 Sevilla
Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung , Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz
Switzerland
Address
133,Überlandstraße 133
8600 Dübendorf
Regionale Entwicklungsagentur für Südostniedersachsen e.V.
Germany
Address
2-5,Frankfurter Straße
38122 Braunschweig
UNIVERSITY OF MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
Address
49,Tongersestraat 49
6200 MD Maastricht
University of Göteborg
Sweden
Address
4,Brogatan
413 01 Göteborg