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ESRC Seminar Series 2016-2017: Green Innovation: Making it Work

ESRC Seminar and Sociology Seminar - Innovations for Sustainable Mobility

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The primary aim of this seminar series is to promote a deeper understanding of green innovation, with a focus on the factors that facilitate and constrain its practical application.

This fifth seminar in a series of six will explore the theme of mobility in the widest sense, addressing innovations in transport policies and systems as much as those associated with specific forms of transport.

  • From: Friday 25 November 2016, 9.45 am
  • To: Friday 25 November 2016, 4 pm
  • Location: Hooley Room, Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Background to the series

The primary aim of this seminar series is to promote a deeper understanding of green innovation, with a focus on the factors that facilitate and constrain its practical application. In doing so, it seeks to propagate knowledge about the institutional changes and infrastructures required for the effective dissemination and diffusion of green innovations in both developed and developing country contexts. We have adopted the shorthand term ‘green innovation’ to signal its role as an open forum for the exchange between academics, practitioners, and policy-makers.

A short video of the first seminar in the series is available on the Open University website.

Speaker profiles

Robert Evans is the chief executive of CENEX, a not-for-profit consultancy and research organisation working in the field of low carbon transport innovation. Its clients include government departments and agencies at both the national and local levels, technology developers and investors, as well as fleet operators.

Mark Daly is a senior transport planner for transport strategy at Nottingham City Council. Prior to that, he was with Sheffield City Council as Sustainable Transport and Mobility officer project managing their Electric Vehicle scheme. Nottingham City Council was recently awarded £6 million as part of the UK government’s Ultra Low Cities scheme.

Ouahcene Ourahmoune is Innovation and Business Development Director for the French train builder, Alstom UK. As well as building trains, Alstom has been closely involved in designing, building and maintaining some of the UK’s most significant and innovative rail infrastructure, including the Nottingham Tram.

Paul Nieuwenhuis
is Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management Co-Director, Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR), and the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence. CAIR specialises in the economic and strategic aspects of the world automotive sector, giving it a rare overview of the industry. Dr Nieuwenhuis has also developed a special interest in the problems of making personal mobility compatible with the need for sustainability. In 2001, he became a founder member of the ESRC-funded Centre for Business Responsibility, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University. He is the author of Sustainable Automobility (Edward Elgar, 2010).

Noam Bergman is Research Fellow in the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University in Brighton. His research interests lie in transitions to sustainable development. This includes human dimensions in low carbon transitions; low carbon technologies and their use, such as microgeneration; social innovation for sustainability; economic growth and sustainability; and social movements, activism and local initiatives for change. The main theoretical background of this work is transitions theory, with related theories, including strategic niche management and diffusion of innovation.

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Proposed outputs

Abstracts from the presented papers will be featured on the seminar series web pages, along with a short promotional podcast, regular announcements, and related news items. There are a number of publication opportunities, including a Special Issue on Green Innovation in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, edited by Professors David Smith, Rob Ackrill, and Dr Richard Blundel. The series organisers also have agreement in principle with an academic publisher for an edited book of readings associated with the series.

Who should attend?

All those with an interest in green innovation are very welcome to attend, including academics, research students, practitioners, and policy-makers. For further information, please contact David Smith or Richard Blundel.



9.45 am: Registration (tea and coffee will be available).

10 am: Seminar introduction: David Smith, Rob Ackrill and Richard Blundel.

10.15 am: The Global Transition to Low Emission Vehicles: Robert Evans (Chief Executive, CENEX, Loughborough).

11 am: Nottingham – Ultra Low Emission City: Mark Daly (Senior Transport Planner, Nottingham City Council).

11.45 am: Zero Emissions in Rail Transport: Alstom’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train:
Ouahcene Ourahmoune (Innovation and Business Development Director, Alstom UK & Ireland).

12.30 pm: Lunch.

1.30 pm: How EVs will force a move to alternative business models: Paul Nieuwenhuis (Centre for Automotive Industry Research, Cardiff University).

2.15 pm Futures of Personal Mobility: A Tale of Two Innovations: Noam Bergman (Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University).

3 pm: Plenary (tea and coffee will be available).

3.45 pm: Details of next seminar: Deconstructing green innovation: implications for policy and practice (Open University, Milton Keynes) Friday 20th January 2017.

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Further details and reservations

There is no charge for the seminar but numbers are limited. For further details and to book please contact Lianne Hannigan.

Location details


Hooley Room, Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street

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