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PARTNER EVENT SOCIAL INNOVATION AT EU GREEN WEEK

Social innovation comes in many forms such as nature-based solutions and people-based solutions that hand in hand transform our cities. Transition initiatives as makers of social innovation foster new relationships, new institutions and, contribute to new urban realities: sharing economy, green economy, and sustainable lifestyles. In our seminar we will interactively debate key messages for policy, practice and education that invigorate the way urban social innovation plays out in accelerating low-carbon transitions via altering city-making, and creating green jobs. Research efforts discovered that the proliferation of urban social innovation initiatives in cities raises new questions for city-making, the role of university and existing welfare state models.
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GOVERNING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE TRANSITION

This paper seeks to better understand how one plausible development in a green energy economy transition of the transport sector can be governed: a breakthrough of battery-electric vehicles (BEV). Drawing on recent results and lessons from BEV studies at local, national and regional scales, the paper presents two alternative scenarios of BEV uptake until 2030 – one incremental growth scenario and one breakthrough scenario.
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HORSES FOR COURSES: ANALYTICAL TOOLS TO EXPLORE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES

This paper discusses that more interdisciplinary research is needed by better linking human drivers and social and biophysical impacts. This requires better collaboration between relevant disciplines, either by exchanging information or by fully linking or integrating them. As fully integrated models can become too complex, the appropriate type of model (the racehorse) should be applied for answering the target research question (the race course).
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ABOUT PATHWAYS

The EU FP7 project PATHWAYS is a unique project that explores the possibilities for transitions to a low-carbon, sustainable Europe. The essence of PATHWAYS is that it combines the analysis of different scientific approaches: integrated assessment modelling, socio-technical transition analysis, and initiative-based learning. read more