NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: INSTITUTIONAL MEDIATION, EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES AND GREEN TRANSITION PATHS
This project has been funded by the AAU Rector’s Talent Mangement Programme 2018 to conduct research in green transition paths. The research team investigates the social barriers of green transition. The main hypothesis is that new green transition paths can only be made if we understand the intersections between the political, human and technological interfaces.
The point of departure of the project is that emergent technologies are on the threshold of affordable green transition. The extent to which these technologies will be developed and implemented depends in part on our democracies’ institutional capacity to facilitate and foster technological implementation. The current regulatory framework for energy and transportation was not designed to integrate consequences for biological and environmental objects and climate change. It will combine theoretical basic research on the fundamental question of how to the techno-anthropological interface is mediated by institutional (in)capacities with empirical case-based studies of emergent technologies focusing on the transportation domain.
HEAD OF THE PROJECT
Theresa Scavenius is Associate Professor in the Department of Planning, University of Aalborg Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a PhD from University of Copenhagen. She was visiting scholar at Oxford University 2012. She is co-editor (with Steve Rayner) of the book Institutional Capacity for Climate Change Response and co-editor (with Christian Rostbøll) of the book Compromise and Disagreement, which both have been accepted for publication by Routledge. Scavenius has published in Res Publica, Global Society, CRISPP, Politica and Ræson.