1st Edition

Automobility in Transition? A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport

Edited By Frank W. Geels, René Kemp, Geoff Dudley, Glenn Lyons Copyright 2012
    410 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Is the automobility regime experiencing a transition towards sustainability? To answer that question, this book investigates stability and change in contemporary transport systems. It makes a socio-technical analysis of transport systems, exploring the strategies and beliefs of crucial actors such as car manufacturers, local and national governments, citizens, car drivers, transport planners and civil society. Two guiding questions are: Will we see a greening of cars, based on technological innovations that sustain the existing car-based system? Or is something more radical desirable and likely, such as the development of travel regimes in which car use is less dominant?

    Preface  Frank W. Geels, René Kemp, Geoff Dudley and Glenn Lyons  Part I: The Transition Perspective and Problems Associated with Car Mobility  1. Introduction: Sustainability Transitions in the Automobility Regime and the Need for a New Perspective  René Kemp, Frank Geels and Geoff Dudley  2. Visions for the Future and the Need for a Social Science Perspective in Transport Studies  Glenn Lyons  3. The Multi-Level Perspective as a New Perspective for Studying Socio-Technical Transitions  Frank Geels and René Kemp  Part II: Stability and Regimes Pressures  4. The Dynamics of Regime Strength and Instability: Policy Challenges to the Dominance of the Private Car in the UK  Geoff Dudley and Kiron Chatterjee  5. The Governance of Transport Policy  Iain Docherty and Jon Shaw  6. The Nature and Causes of Inertia in the Automotive Industry: Regime Stability and Non-Change  Peter Wells, Paul Nieuwenhuis and Renato J. Orsato  7. Providing Road Capacity for Automobility: The Continuing Transition  Phil Goodwin  8. A Socio-Spatial Perspective on the Car Regime  Toon Zijlstra and Flor Avelino  9. The Emergence of New Cultures of Mobility: Stability, Openings, and Prospects  Mimi Sheller  Part III: Dynamics of Change  10. The Electrification of Automobility: The Bumpy Ride of Electric Vehicles Towards Regime Transition  Renato J. Orsato, Marc Dijk, René Kemp and Masaru Yarime  11. Introducing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles in Germany  Oliver Ehret and Marloes Dignum  12. Transition by Translation: The Dutch Traffic Intelligence Innovation Cascade  Bonno Pel, Geert Teisman and Frank Boons  13. The Emergent Role of User Innovation in Reshaping Traveler Information Services  Glenn Lyons, Juliet Jain, Val Mitchell and Andrew May  14. Innovation in Public Transport  Reg Harman, Wijnand Veeneman and Peter Harman  15. Intermodal Personal Mobility: A Niche Caught Between Two Regimes  Graham Parkhurst, René Kemp, Marc Dijk and Henrietta Sherwin  16. Findings, Conclusions and Assessments of Sustainability Transitions in Automobility  Frank Geels, Geoff Dudley and René Kemp


    Frank Geels is professorial fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex.

    René Kemp is a senior researcher at Maastricht University (ICIS, UNU-MERIT) and Erasmus University (DRIFT).

    Geoff Dudley is a political scientist who has worked at the Universities of Oxford, Essex, Warwick, Staffordshire and Strathclyde. In recent years, he has worked on a number of Economic and Social Research Council projects with transport themes and case studies.

    Glenn Lyons is the Director of the Centre for Transport & Society and professor of Transport and Society of the University of the West of England.