“Nexus Thinking for a Sustainable Mobility Transition” at Boysen-TU Dresden Summer School 2021

  • DATE / TIME:
    2021/07/21    15:30 - 17:00

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    Organisers: Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)


    • Edeltraud Guenther, Director, UNU-FLORES (Moderator)
    • Raimund Bleischwitz, Adjunct Professor, UNU-FLORES
    • Emilie Martin, Research Fellow at the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI)
    • Marah Köberle, Social Venture Support – e-Mobility and Circular Economy, Siemens Stiftung
    • Vipul Toprani, Product Owner – Innovative Mobility & Smart Cities, DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH

    The Boysen-TU Dresden-Summer School 2021, organised by Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is held from 20 -21 July 2021. This year’s topic “Mobility in Transition” aims to raise awareness of the complex socio-technical nature of transport systems and the ongoing processes of change.

    With mobility moving towards more sustainable solutions in the likes of electric vehicles, one primary challenge that arises is how we can manage a transition that is itself sustainable. On the one hand, we seek to achieve more sustainable modes of transportation. On the other, we speak of a major societal shift that would go beyond the technology perspective to cover behaviour change, potential environmental impacts, policy implications, and a transition that would take place in a world of various divides. With a little less than a decade to our deadline to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, how do we ensure that we not only get there but also get there in a sustainable way? Identifying various interlinkages – or nexuses – including the Resource Nexus can help us orient our efforts to reap co-benefits for the environment and beyond. Bringing together leading specialists from academia, the public and private sector, this session aims to explore these questions from perspectives cutting across the local and international levels, public and private sectors. Looking at what they mean to people, the planet, and profits, all in all, with a view to power a transition in mobility that is fair and sustainable.

    On 21 July 2021, UNU-FLORES hosts a panel discussion on “Nexus Thinking for a Sustainable Mobility Transition”. During the session, experts discuss the mobility transition from an international perspective. The panel members are leading specialists from academia and the private sector.


    Mobility is in transition. Today’s mobility of people and goods is undergoing a fundamental and long-term change: While many countries worldwide shift away from the traditional car-friendly paradigm to promote sustainable transport such as cycling, walking, and public transport, there is also a push towards the electrification of motorised vehicles and the search for alternative engine technologies across the automotive industry.

    Some of the questions that are being discussed during the 2 day event are as follows. Which challenges stem from the mobility transition? Which disruptive technologies and innovations drive the mobility transition? Which technological and societal solutions on an international scale should be pursued to foster the mobility transition?

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