Moving EVs beyond automobility culture

traffic jam

By Professor Monika Büscher and Dr Nicola Spurling Electric Vehicles (EVs) which mimic the current car-based system, are not the answer to the epochal challenge of decarbonising transport. In his mobility justice critique of EV, Henderson[i] highlights three reasons for this: EVs perpetuate a broken car-based mobility system. They actively detract from, or even physically displace, compact … Read more

Social Acceptance and Societal Readiness Levels

Monika Büscher and Nicola Spurling Social change is critical to rapid decarbonisation. Citizens’ active participation in energy management is ‘as critical as technology’ for sustainability[1]; not least because social innovation could support decarbonisation at scale, and faster than technical or infrastructural innovation[2].  However, technocratic conceptions of social acceptance and societal readiness are misdirected. Innovation cannot … Read more