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Scenarios for a sustainable society: Car transport systems and the sociology of embedded technologies

Objective



Project summary The project has four main objectives:

- To contribute to an understanding of what is involved in creating a 'sustainable society', through a focus on how moves towards social sustainability impact on social structure. The particular focus of this project is transport and the issue of sustainable mobility.

- With respect to transport systems, to understand how specific transport technologies, those associated with the private car, become deeply embedded or 'buried' in the social structure of given societies.

- To ascertain how such buried technologies distribute environmental risks, consumption costs, and mobility and employment benefits unequally across different social groups.

- To construct a number of scenarios for changing the technology and establish the implications of each for the social redistribution of risks, costs and benefits.

The project is designed as a series of parallel case studies of five medium sized European cities. These cities are chosen to represent both different national contexts and different forms of public transport policy. In each city the national research team will collect data on the politics of car transport, the differential environmental risks and pollution associated with car transport, the number and type of jobs generated by the car system, the understandings of car transport held by particular social groups, and the possibilities of reducing car transport through the use of information technology.
With this empirical information each team will develop scenarios showing the social consequences of alternative forms of transport in its city. These scenarios are designed to stimulate informed public debate and to open policy options towards forms of sustainable mobility.

Coordinator

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Address
College Green, C/o Department Of Sociology
2 Dublin
Ireland

Participants (3)

Istituto di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali
Italy
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Via F. Filzi 33
20124 Milano
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Greece
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14-18,Messoghion Avenue 14-18
115 27 Athens
University of Jyväskylä
Finland
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15,Seminaarinkatu 15
40351 Jyväskylä