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Sustainable futures of mobility: Transition narratives for policy design and assessment tools
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis explores a possible sustainable future of mobility and the transition pathwayto it, focusing on the socio-cultural dimensions that shape and drive the way mobilityis understood. Goal-driven, transition-oriented policy recommendations are providedas the main result, derived from a combined backcasting and forecasting methodologyframework. The successful combination of backcasting and Causal Loop Diagrams isachieved by homogenising the outcomes of each assessment through the logic of theMulti-Level Perspective of transitions theory.

The research highlights that reinforcing feedback mechanisms and a deeply embeddedculture of automobility are behind the enormous inertia and resilience of the currentmobility system. If a transition to a sustainable mobility future is to happen, the insightsgained from this study point to a necessary shift in cultural trends. The discourses ofunrestricted individual freedom, private property and materialistic cultures that legitimiseautomobility must be challenged.

The thesis proves that the Multi-Level Perspective on transitions provides with a narrativecapable of integrating results from inherently different approaches to future studies. Themethodological framework developed in the study is generalisable and useful for situationswhere a normative goal in the distant future is pursued, while accounting for the reasonsbehind policy resistance in the current system configuration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 74
Series
TRITA-IM-EX 2017:12
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Environmental Management Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-210545OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-210545DiVA, id: diva2:1118557
Available from: 2017-06-30 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-06-30Bibliographically approved

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