The SILCI team is growing!

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The SILCI project has recruited two new members. Dr Emilie Vrain has joined as a Senior Research Associate from the University of East Anglia’s Environmental Science department. Emilie will be conducting research on the social networks of early adopters of disruptive low carbon innovations. She also has a strong interest in smart homes and appliances […]

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 […]

Internship in big social science data!

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The SILCI team are pleased to welcome Renae Sze Ming Loh who will complete an internship between June and August. Renae is a Masters student in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University. Her research interests include technology and its social implications. Her project will focus on early adopters of low carbon innovations, drawing on large global social science data to answer some key questions. For example “to what extent do early adopters of low […]

Participating in workshops and conferences by remote using tele-robots

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Invited to Future Earth’s Exponential Climate Action for Cities (X-CAC) workshop in Stockholm, I faced a dilemma common to many researchers working on climate change: travel, participate but add to CO2 emissions … or stay at home, miss out, but avoid contributing to climate change? So when Future Earth offered me the possibility of participating […]

What is the general appeal of low carbon innovations?

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During recent workshops in Norwich we explored the general appeal of different types of low carbon innovations using repertory grid technique (RGT). This method has been widely used in consumer research to segment markets according to how products are valued by consumers. Using cue cards and a grid, we talked to over 40 people about the general appeal of 12 different low carbon innovations, concluding with a rating exercise in which they scored […]

SILCI goes to Vienna!

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Emma Cassar is currently attending the Transport Research Arena Conference in Vienna which is being co-organised by the European Commission. SILCI is funded by the European Research Council and was invited to present at the event. Emma gave a short talk on Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) as one of the potential disruptive low carbon innovations being covered […]

Flying Uber

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Residents of Dallas, Dubai and Los Angeles are to possibly experience Ubers first flying taxi service in 2020. Uber Elevate uses vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and is said to already started evaluating the barriers to overcome and make this a reality. Preparing for the arrival of air taxis is developer Dan Kodsi in Miami at Paramount Miami Worldcenter. The developer is modifying the rooftop’s […]