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Social science in professional practice for a sustainable transport transition


Cities and communities are grappling with the challenge of providing inclusive and sustainable transport to meet climate, energy and social inclusion challenges. Often transport issues are posed as technical problems but invariably have social dimensions, whether behavioural, institutional or political. Social scientific expertise is thus a key skillset for practitioners working on sustainable transport problems. This session grapples with the complex social science challenges of making transport systems greener, more inclusive and more efficient by bringing together transport practitioners with advanced social science training to reflect on the ways in which social science perspectives can inform sustainable transport policy and practice. The panellists will outline the social scientific aspects of their domain of transport and explain how social scientific training helps improve policy and practice responses. The session will include panellists: Helen Rowe, Transport Program Impact Manager, Climate Works Luisiana Paganelli, Transport Officer, City of Kingston David Ashmore, Executive Associate Transport Advisory, BIS Oxford Economics The session will be chaired by Jago Dodson, Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Register now

Renewable energy: social dimensions, key questions, fast transitions


This panel will examine the social dimensions of the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The need to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is clear. So too are many of the technologies that are needed. What demands more attention are the social dimensions of the transition. If neglected, such social complexities stand to derail a successful transition. Conversely, if embraced, they could help turn a mere shift in infrastructure into a much larger, much needed, positive transformation, as emerging experience is demonstrating. This panel draws together industry leaders from across the renewable energy field in Australia to hear about the social dimensions that most frustrate and excite them, the research questions they most want social scientists to address, and how we can better work together across the academy-industry boundary to drive rapid, positive change. Panelists: Michael Anderson (Manager, Sustainability and Carbon, RMIT) Don Webb (Technical Practice Leader – Renewable Energy and Storage, AECOM) Nick Aberle (Policy Director, Clean Energy Council) Jarra Hicks (Director, Community Power Agency) Nicola Willand (Senior Lecturer, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT).