4-6 May 2020
Europe/Vienna timezone

E - Mobility: A socio-technical system on the way to sustainability?

E.1 Electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid in transition(s)

Sovacool, Benjamin (Sussex University, UK),  Kester, Johannes (University of Oxford, UK), De Reubens, Gerardo Zarazua (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Electric mobility refers to the electrification of different transport modes including passenger vehicles, scooters, marine vessels and even aviation. Vehicle-to-grid, often shortened to V2G,  was first introduced as a concept near the turn of the 21st century to capitalize on the assumption that electric vehicles (EVs) would widely diffuse in society and thus, there would be a large amount of electric power capacity could provide valuable storage services to the electricity grids. Since its introduction, many have elaborated on the potential benefits of V2G, detailing the large amounts of power capacity, various electricity grid services and economic revenues potentially available to EV owners

This session aims to explore the current status and prospect of electric mobility and vehicle-to grid. It seeks to describe the sociotechnical barriers that may impede its fruitful deployment. It seeks to understand policies on how to optimally implement vehicle-to-grid and capture its benefits to society while attempting to avoid the impediments. It thus seeks contributions from those studying vehicle-to-grid, mobility, transitions, sociotechnical systems, and electric power systems.

KEYWORDS:  electric vehicles, electric mobility, sociotechnical transitions, vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-grid-integration


E.2 Student mobility scross bordering countries and sustainability: an appraisal 

 Stefancic, Mitja (Independent Researcher)
Student mobility, for instance mobility among high school students for work-based learning purposes, has become an important educational issue over the last few decades. The topic has gained momentum both among professional researchers as well as among educational policy makers. This session considers student mobility in a particular setting, namely the mobility of students between bordering countries at a high school level rather than at an academic level (e.g. between countries such as Austria and Italy; Slovenia and Italy; Austria and Slovenia). Despite providing important learning opportunities and potential outcomes for the students, the issue brings a number of pressing questions to the fore: which students should be entitled to take part of such programs, what are the desired outcomes from their mobility, and are there are any ethical issues involved?

In particular, the session aims to evaluate the mobility of students from the point of view of an increased mobility of young people (often students) across countries. This, however, poses a number of questions on whether such mobility is economically sustainable in the long-term. Student mobility across neighbouring countries may be in this sense an economically viable solution and also sustainable in terms of the resources used to achieve the goal. Arguably, such type of mobility would offer an important opportunity for young persons, and in particular a stimulus for students to develop soft skills and enhance their active citizenship early in their career path.

KEYWORDS: student mobility, sustainability, meritocracy, learning outcomies, soft skills