Automobility in Transition?: A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Automobility in Transition?

A Socio-Technical Analysis of Sustainable Transport, 1st Edition

Edited by Frank W. Geels, René Kemp, Geoff Dudley, Glenn Lyons


394 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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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?

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainability Transitions

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / General