How do the perceived attributes of low-carbon innovations differ between early adopters and non-adopters?

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Written by Mykolas Vainauskas  Early adopters of transport, homes and food low-carbon innovations consistently perceive more appealing attributes compared to non-adopters. This study by Mykolas Vainauskas, a summer intern from the University of East Anglia, looks at the differences between early adopters and non-adopters within three domains of low-carbon innovations – transport, food and homes. He finds that perceived attributes […]

Communicating about communication

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Post written by Emilie Vrain Having spent the summer collecting and analysing data from an online survey about smart home technologies and social networks, one of our team members recently headed to Zurich, Switzerland to present some of her findings at the 4th European Conference in Social Networks. Emilie’s presentation highlights that current adopters of smart home […]

Social Butterflies

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Post written by Emilie Vrain The UK’s Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) was the first ever unit set up to generate and apply behavioural insights to inform policy and provide societal benefits. Behavioural scientists from BIT recently published a book ‘Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the positive power of social networks‘ drawing upon a wealth of cutting-edge research, popularising […]

Empowering women in energy

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Written by Emilie Vrain The UK Energy Research Centre funded an initiative which provided an opportunity for 30 women working in the broad field of decarbonisation of energy, from different regions, nationalities, disciplines, and varying career stages, to collaborate in small groups and prepare a proposal for seed funding during a two-day residential writing retreat […]

Introducing Mobility-as-a-Service at the 4th NEST Conference in Lisbon, Portugal

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Emma Cassar, a PhD Researcher, has recently attended the 4th Annual NEST Conference (#4thNEST) organised by the Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST). Emma presented her work in progress on the potential of Mobility-as-a-Service in Birmingham, UK.   The adoption and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by the Millennial and post-Millennial generation is considered […]

You’ve got three minutes

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Written by Emilie Vrain Trying to captivate non-specialist audiences with research can sometimes been tricky for academics, having to avoid jargon and maintain interest. A competition was developed called the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) to encourage researchers to summarise and clarify the background of their research and present their findings in an intelligent and engaging […]

UN World Cities Day – October 31st

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Written by Emilie Vrain The UN has designated the 31st October as World Cities Day with the focus on ‘Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities’. The day is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging collaboration among countries to address challenges of urbanisation and create opportunities for sustainable urban development. The main event will be celebrated in […]