1st Edition

Research Journeys to Net Zero Current and Future Leaders

Edited By Kyungeun Sung, Patrick Isherwood, Richie Moalosi Copyright 2024
    232 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides useful insight into how academics from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as science, engineering, technology, social science, policy, design, architecture, built environment, business, and management, have been conducting research into how to realise net zero emissions to address climate change.

    This book explores the ways in which countries around the world have pledged to achieve net zero emissions through decarbonisation processes. It presents the highest calibre research and impact activities carried out in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. Such activities include conceptualisation, opportunity identification, specific case studies, demonstration of proof of concepts, provision of evidence, education of the general public, and knowledge transfer to companies. Further to this, the chapters also bring to light personal career journeys to net zero by current and future international research leaders. From this book, readers will gain a full understanding of net zero research via multiple disciplinary pathways, be inspired by personal accounts, and will learn key methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches.

    The diversity of authors and topics make the book widely applicable to a range of fields, and it will be of great interest to researchers, students, practitioners, and decision makers working towards the goals of net zero and decarbonisation.

    Introduction: Current and future leaders of net zero research and their research journeys

    Kyungeun Sung, Patrick Isherwood and Richie Moalosi


    1 My academic journey to net zero: From an environmental sociologist to the first co-chair of the 2050 Carbon Neutrality Commission

    Sun-Jin Yun

    2 The role of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary education in sustainability science: Experiences from my professional journey

    Jagdeep Singh

    3 Net zero: My drive for innovation, enterprise and lifelong learning

    Abhishek Tiwary


    4 Driving sustainability and innovation through design: The BMW Group + QUT Design Academy

    Rafael Gomez

    5 “I bomme as a bombyll bee dothe”: An (un)random research journey

    Garrath T. Wilson

    6 Sustainable by behaviour

    Hyunjae Daniel Shin

    7 Sustainable production and consumption by upcycling towards net zero

    Kyungeun Sung


    8 From geologist to solar energy scientist: Pathways to improving the performance and sustainability of photovoltaics

    Patrick Isherwood

    9 From facing endless unscheduled power outages to clean energy technologies: Research journey to zero-carbon future

    Prabhakaran Selvaraj

    10 Harvesting the sun: Paving the way to a net zero carbon future

    Luksa Kujovic


    11 The road to electric vehicles: From architecture to portable battery storage via renewable energy research homes

    Rebecca Roberts

    12 Africa’s transition towards net zero in the transport industry

    Richie Moalosi, Yaone Rapitsenyane and Oanthata Jester Sealetsa

    13 Shifting gears toward net zero: Exploring user acceptance of shared automated vehicles

    Patrick Dichabeng, Natasha Merat and Gustav Markkula


    14 Integrating sustainable product-service system and service design for net zero in developing economies

    Yaone Rapitsenyane

    15 A sustainable fashion safari

    Sophia N. Njeru

    16 Sustainability in the creative economy: Experience in the textiles and fashion industry

    Walter Chipambwa

    Conclusion: Progress towards a net zero carbon society

    Richie Moalosi, Kyungeun Sung and Patrick Isherwood


    Kyungeun Sung is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at De Montfort University, UK.

    Patrick Isherwood is a Lecturer in Solar Energy at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University, UK.

    Richie Moalosi is a Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Botswana.