Social tipping dynamics in energy transitions occur when a small change or intervention has a large effect on emission reductions. Tipping occurs for example when clean technologies such as electric vehicle become cheaper than fossil fuel cars or when more sustainable behaviors such as energy saving or cycling become the norm. The FAST project aims to explain and model social tipping dynamics and interventions in energy transitions. Understanding and mobilizing social tipping dynamics
is crucial to accelerate the energy transition.
As a PhD student, you will do empirical research into social tipping dynamics using qualitative and quantitative research approaches, looking into technology-driven solutions as well as socio-economic and behavioral drivers for the energy transition. You will join a young and vibrant multidisciplinary team working on accelerating sustainability transitions and will participate in PhD training and project workshops. You will be part of a larger group of PhD students that work on similar topics (have a look at the NEON project
and the TIS website
for an impression).