Involving citizens and users, and factoring their recommendations into the innovation processes for the mobility and energy transition, is a key requirement for successful diffusion of innovations in society. Based on the findings from the M2G research campus’ first funding phase, the ‘Participation and acceptance’ work module aims to further explore early implementation of participation for specific aspects of mobility and energy research and technical development, and apply this accordingly. Using innovative participation formats (e.g. randomised participation formats, participative innovation workshops, technology salons) in all of M2G’s focus areas, it will establish the perspectives and recommendations of various target audiences, and thus incorporate these into the research campus as a whole. It will also examine the role of participation in applying research findings to additional practical contexts.
The research into acceptance seeks to identify factors and mechanisms having a positive or negative influence on the acceptance of technological solutions for the energy and mobility transition that have been developed in other work modules. The following research questions are raised here:
- What does optimised grid integration mean for the users and participating businesses, and what role do legal and political framework conditions play here?
- How do driverless cars and charging change operational processes and end-user routines?
- What challenges do businesses face in electrifying their fleets?
- How well accepted are comprehensive, networked mobility-system offerings in individual neighbourhoods and districts?
- How do the transfer areas promote acceptance of new mobility offerings at a district and, in particular, city level?
The empirical findings will be generalised and incorporated into a ‘(social) diffusion of innovations’ theory using a mix of qualitative, quantitative and explorative research methods.