“Are really autonomous or self-driving vehicles just a fantasy?”

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They are according to Simon Thompson, a principle researcher of artificial intelligence at BT Adastral Park. Hazel Pettifor attended The Tommy Flowers Institute Conference on the Future of Transport on 5th March 2019. This annual conference brings together academics, research institutions and industry practitioners with a common interest in innovation, this year it was the turn of the transport sector. A key take home from the conference came […]

Norwich is named the UK’s first sharing city

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Norwich recently became the first city in the UK to join the Sharing City Alliance, which is a global network of cities which enables knowledge-sharing.  Together, the cities in the Sharing City Alliance can share experiences of the opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy.  The sharing economy challenges the model of private ownership, and promises to contribute to a more sustainable model of consumption through […]

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 […]

The important attributes of low carbon innovations

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SILCI researcher Hazel Pettifor recently presented the results from a major study to the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) in Cambridge. In March 2018, the SILCI team ran a series of workshops with over 65 residents of Norwich. These focussed on gaining an understanding of the important attributes of low carbon innovations that appealed to potential consumers. This work is part of a wider program to explore the mechanisms that […]

Presentation on disruptive innovation and the 1.5oC target at the International Energy Agency

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Charlie Wilson visited the International Energy Agency in Paris to present research on the potential contribution of disruptive consumer innovations to accelerated energy-system transformation in line with the 1.5oC climate target. This follows the recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC which had a dedicated (if short) section on disruptive innovation. Have a […]

Transforming energy services to meet the 1.5oC climate target

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Charlie Wilson gave a public lecture at his old alma mater, the University of British Columbia, on new research showing how to meet the 1.5oC climate target by transforming energy services. Examples of potentially disruptive innovations that can significantly reduce the energy required to provide useful services include shared mobility, pre-fabricated whole home energy retrofits, […]

Disruptive trends for global sustainability

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A new online platform is tracking potentially disruptive ‘mega-trends’ which can contribute to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the ‘SDG Trend Scanner’ has data on trends ranging from ageing, automation, digitalisation to climate change, social instability, and vulnerable employment. As the […]