H-UTokyo Lab.-ANU Strategic Partnership Workshop on Sustainability Transitions Research -Similarity or Difference During Transitions: Comparative Perspectives and Opportunities for Cooperation Towards Sustainable Futures (tentative)

  • Date:
  • Time:
    16:00-18:50 (JST) (CET 08:00–10:50)
  • Venue:
    【in-person for Presenters and limited invited researchers】 SMBC Academia Hall, 4th floor, International Academic Research Building, UTokyo)
    【For the audience】Online (zoom)
  • Organizers:

    Technology Governance Policy Research Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
    Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo

  • Co-organizers:

    H-UTokyo Lab. (Hitachi and U-Tokyo Joint Research) WG3, ANU-UTokyo Strategic Partnership

  • Language:

    English with simultaneous Japanese translation

  • Registration:

    Advance registration is required.
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Sustainability transitions have attracted more and more attention from the academia, policy practitioners, and industries. While researchers have tried to gain insights for sustainable socio-technical transitions from historical trajectories, the geographical or political, socio-economic, and cultural contexts of different countries complicate the process of governing transitions. In this workshop, Asia-Pacific and European researchers are invited to discuss the challenges, possible pathways and cooperation towards sustainable transitions.

  • 16:00-16:05
    Opening remarks

    Hideaki Shiroyama
    (Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)

  • 16:05-16:25
    Presentations (Ⅰ-1) TBA

    Jochen Markard
    (Institute of Sustainable Development, Zurich University
    of Applied Sciences; Department of Management,
    Technology and Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of
    Technology, Zurich, Switzerland)

  • 16:25-16:45
    Presentations (Ⅰ-2) "The historical dismantling of tramways in France as a case of destabilisation and phase-out of an established system"

    Bruno Turnheim
    (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Science, Innovation and Society (LISIS), Gustave Eiffel University (UGE), France; Manchester Institute of
    Innovation Research (MIoIR), University of Manchester, UK)

  • 16:45-16:55
    Japan’s socio-technical scenarios towards carbon neutrality by 2050: Report from the H-UTokyo Lab. (temp.)

    Hideaki Shiroyama
    (Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)

  • 16:55-17:15
    Local learning and global-local niche interaction: Deployment of solar photovoltaics in Japan (temp.)

    Yi-chun Chen et al.
    (Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)

  • 17:15-17:25
  • 17:25-17:45
    Presentations (Ⅱ-1) "Mapping the 50-year evolution of scientific discussions about phase-outs as a tool to tackle sustainability challenges"

    Gregory Trencher
    (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)

  • 17:45-18:05
    Presentations (Ⅱ-2) TBA

    Llewelyn Hughes
    (Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University)

  • 18:05-18:45
    Open discussion

    -Moderator: Hideaki Shiroyama (IFI, The University of Tokyo)
    -All presenters, other researchers present

  • 18:45-18:50
    Closing remarks

    Hideaki Shiroyama
    (Director of the Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)


Secretariat, Institute for Future Initiatives, UTokyo
Technology Governance Policy Research Unit
E-mail: ifi_tg[at]ifi.u-tokyo.ac.jp(replace [at] with @)