Call for Applications – Book Chapter Contributions from Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Strengthening European mobility policy: Governance recommendations from innovative interdisciplinary collaborations
The EU has outlined ambitions to be the first climate-neutral continent, with multiple strategies, initiatives, and directives being developed to support this. The EU Green Deal provides a roadmap for achieving the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition, outlining priority areas of action related to energy. Since transport represents 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, one of the key targets of the European Green Deal is to cut carbon emissions in transport by 90% by 2050. This will entail social and technological changes that might disrupt dominant transport systems, infrastructures and services.
The SSH CENTRE is funding 10 interdisciplinary collaborative teams, up to €7,500, to develop a headline policy recommendation related to EU energy policy. To support these interdisciplinary partnerships, each collaborative team will have 2 joint-corresponding authors, one from SSH and one from STEM. Each team will need to write a book chapter of around 3,000 words (including the reference list), which substantiates their policy recommendation.
The funded collaborative work that underlies the recommendation and the chapter’s discussion is intentionally flexible. The only requirements are that 1) the activities (and associated policy recommendation) use interdisciplinary insights spanning SSH and STEM, and 2) the policy recommendation moves beyond simply highlighting a failure which needs to be addressed. As such, recommendations may act as the starting point for further research, or highlight the priority dialogues which need to occur.
The proposed projects are welcomed to focus on developing policy recommendations that can support the transition towards a just, inclusive, smart, competitive, safe, accessible, and affordable transport systems.
Examples of potential mobility-related topics which could be addressed through these policy recommendations include (but are not limited to):
- The impact of the digitalisation and automation of the transport system on society and economy (including accessibility, justice, affordability).
- New forms of organising sustainable mobility and infrastructure (community mobility, infrastructure as commons etc).
- The implications of new innovative technologies on transport equity, accessibility and inclusiveness.
- New ways of engaging citizens and other stakeholders in planning and designing a more just and inclusive transport system.
- Societal organisation to minimise the resource intensity of transport and mobility.
- The role and challenges of new innovations (e.g. autonomous vehicles, mobility as a service, shared mobility solutions, e-commerce) in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.
- Trust in and adoption potential of innovative, disruptive, novel and climate-friendly mobility solutions.
- Understanding the role of behaviour change to reinforce or undermine the potential positive impacts of new technologies.
- The development of feasible transition pathways towards sustainable transport futures.
- Changing perceptions about mobility and certain transport modes to support the transition to carbon-free mobility systems.
- How can transdisciplinary research and new ways of cooperating across transport and mobility professionals (including practitioners and policymakers) aid sustainable mobility transitions.
- How to enable transformative change at local, national and regional scales.
- The effectiveness of interventions to reduce transport carbon emissions at the individual and organisational levels.