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Towards an interactive technology policy - implications from the so cial shaping of mobility and transport policies for a new technology policy para digm


The project aims at developing a new basis for formulating technology policy called an interactive technology policy paradigm (ITP). The idea is to transcend the common problems with such policies, due to the fact that they either focus on supply side factors (technological options) and neglect social and cultural issues, or on demand side factors (social options) and thus neglect the dynamic features of technology.
The ITP is meant as an effort to facilitate interactivity in technology policy.

The effort to develop the ITP will be grounded in an analysis of the case domain of personal mobility. The work needs such an empirical grounding in order to get a sufficiently detailed understanding of the dynamics of technology policy. Personal mobility has been chosen because it examplifies a deeply entrenced technology (private cars) that is used in a way that has proven to create substantial problems for modern societies, because traditional policies mainly have failed, and because there is a very large number of experiments going on in this domain which could be very relevant to the ITP. In addition, the partners in this project has considerable expertise in the area.

The project will consist of three stages and a total of five work packages:
Stage 1: Preparatory studies

- work package 1: Preparatory studies;

Stage 2: Empirical analysis

- Work package 2a: technological and cultural basis of modern personal mobility;

- Work package 2b: reducing emissions and congestion within the existing system:
the social and technological dimensions of current
transport policies;

- Work package 2c: innovative technologies and policies: "alternative" cars and new forms of mobility;

Stage 3: Integration

- Work package 3: outline of a new paradigm of an interactive technology policy.

In addition to material from the participating countries (Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway), it will include field work and reanalysis of material from EU-countries France, Germany, and Italy as well as non-EU-countries Japan and the U.S.

The project will emphasise continous contact with relevant user constituencies. In addition, a workshop will be organised in the final stage to present the ITP paradigm and get feed-back from relevant user groups. Results will be disseminated through papers and books for an academic as well as a policy audience.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


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Participants (2)

Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet

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Technical University Of Denmark, Building 322
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