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CReating Innovative Sustainability Pathways

Objective

The core objective of this proposal is to identify potential paths to engaging on an integrated effort to support the transition, to a sustainable, low carbon Europe. The call text places much emphasis of using a scenario and backcasting approach that explicitly discerns individuals, organisations and the collective (societal and economic organisation), addresses the interaction of agency and structure, and analyses from there how individuals and collectives can be engaged on sustainable paths, and how new policy mixes and co-operation mechanisms can overcome barriers to change. In response, this project will:
• build upon theories that explicitly link individual and organizational agency with structure and pathways of change (most notably Transition theory, that builds upon structuration and innovation theories) (WP1).
• analyse practical (past) cases of change with this framework (WP2 and WP3) to additional understanding on the role of agency and structure and related barriers, drivers and pathways of change (WP4).
• apply novel participatory scenario techniques, most notably transition scenario and backcasting methodologies, to develop sustainability visions WP5) and transition paths (WP6). These allow for specific analysis of processes in transition paths and the factors that drive and hinder such transitions (WP7).
• Finally, on the basis of the analysis of the theoretical basis and cases (WP4) and the results of the scenario/backcasting exercise (WP7), the core question of the call can be answered (WP8): what novel policy mixes and co-operation mechanisms can help to overcome barriers for individuals and collectives to engage on sustainable paths.

The project is completed by WPs on Management and Dissemination. The impact of the findings of the project is enhanced by its strong participatory approach and an elaborated dissemination program that includes a policy stakeholder panel.

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-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 277 848
Administrative Contact
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Ms.)

Participants (6)

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 156 975
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vanda Mohacsi (Ms.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 164 550
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Vleeskens (Dr.)
STATENS INSTITUTT FOR FORBRUKSFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 243 250
Address
Sandakerveien 24 C, Building B
0405 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arne Dulsrud (Dr.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 187 678
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zaneta Stasiskiene (Prof.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 263 129
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sophie Emmert (Ms.)
ANOTATO EKPAIDEYTIKO IDRIMA PEIRAIA TECHNOLOGIKOY TOMEA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 205 550
Address
Petrou Ralli & Thivon 250
12244 Egaleo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Kaldellis (Prof.)