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dc.contributor.authorHopkins, Debbie
dc.date.available2014-11-24T20:01:00Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationHopkins, D. (2013). The Mobility Preferences of Generation Y: Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Transport System? Presented at the Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5270
dc.description.abstractThe 21st Century is on the move. The automobile is one of late modernity’s most highly recognisable and contested artefacts and the hegemonic class of contemporary everyday mobility in most industrialised countries. This has led to the design of socio-technical mobility systems which support and reinforce automobile dependency, often to the detriment of alternative transport modes and under the assumption of continued growth in automobility. However, a counter narrative has emerged. Contesting the current automobility paradigm are reported variations to generation Y mobilities when compared to older generations. Generation Y is less likely to learn to drive and those with a driver’s licence are driving less and are less likely to own a vehicle. Yet while a pattern of decreasing youth licensing has been reported in Sweden, Norway, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Germany, little is known about the drivers of this change, and what it could mean for future transport demands. To date, there has been little theoretical examination of this phenomenon. Drawing from socio-technical transitions and the Multi-Level Perspective (MLP), this paper addresses this gap. Furthermore, it advances explorations of cultural and socio-spatial niches which have received less attention within the MLP literature. Perspectives from environmental sociology frame the discussion and are used to investigate whether the changes to generation Y mobilities are, in fact, the start of a socio-technical transition, which could replace the current transport regime. The evidence suggests that generation Y mobility trends represent a crack in the current regime of automobility, which may be sustained in the long-term.en_NZ
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dc.relation.urihttps://www.academia.edu/7735253/The_Mobility_Preferences_of_Generation_Y_Transitioning_Towards_a_Sustainable_Transport_Systemen_NZ
dc.subjectMobilitiesen_NZ
dc.subjectgeneration Yen_NZ
dc.subjecttransport systemsen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainabilityen_NZ
dc.subjecttransition theoryen_NZ
dc.subjectsocio-technical perspectiveen_NZ
dc.titleThe Mobility Preferences of Generation Y: Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Transport System?en_NZ
dc.typeConference or Workshop Item (Paper)en_NZ
dc.date.updated2014-11-24T02:04:23Z
otago.schoolCentre for Sustainabilityen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
dc.description.refereedNon Peer Revieweden_NZ
otago.event.placeNorwich, United Kingdomen_NZ
otago.event.titleNorwich Conference on Earth System Governanceen_NZ
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