Using artificial intelligence to tackle Earth’s sustainability challenges

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‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’ was the theme of the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January this year.  One noteworthy publication to come from this meeting explored ‘game changing’ ways in which the power of artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed in response to current pressing environmental issues.  The selected AI game […]

Vacancy – Senior Research Associate

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Senior Research Associate in Low-Carbon Innovation and Consumers (Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia, UK)   This 28 month fully-funded research position offers an exciting opportunity to conduct new empirical research on low-carbon innovations which are (or may be) appealing to consumers, but which are currently on the fringes of mainstream markets. The successful applicant would be […]

It is now possible to pay for your journey wearing the right shoes

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In Berlin, 500 people owning a particular set of trainers can freely make use of public transportation when wearing both shoes. The tongues of the trainers contain an annual transit pass. Such a marketing strategy has attracted an unusual mix of customers from trainer collectors to those who simply want to save on their daily commute. This […]

Strong regional variation in the uptake of low-carbon innovations

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New research published in Energy Policy identifies local hotspots and coldspots of energy-efficiency activity in response to the same national policy framework. Led by Craig Morton at Leeds University with the support of Charlie Wilson from the SILCI project, the research also found strong evidence of social influence effects through which high levels of activity […]

The emotional concerns of potential public transport users

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A number of cities in the UK are developing services to attract people towards using public transport.  Important research by Steve Stradling found that people fear the uncertainty of using public transport, feel vulnerable and resist the mental effort required to plan and execute journeys.  In contrast driving a car offers control and autonomy as well as an opportunity for the driver to express individuality. 

Recognising the importance of high impact, individual actions for reducing carbon emissions

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The 8th most shared climate change research paper of 2017 addressed the potential role of high impact, individual actions for the reduction of GHG emissions, according to a list published this week by The Carbon Brief.  The authors argue for official recommendations to shift their focus from ‘incremental behaviour changes that require minimal effort’, to ‘high impact actions’.  While […]