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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2024-04-01 - 2026-03-31

The City of Vienna has set itself the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. Compared to other Austrian provinces, Vienna already has a high share of climate-friendly forms of mobility (public transport, cycling, walking) of 74%; at the same time, private motorized transport has stagnated for years, and cycling is also increasing only slightly. Measures to promote low GHG mobility, such as expanding the infrastructure for cycling and public transport, are doubtlessly necessary, but they do not develop a sufficient transformative effect to achieve the goal of climate neutrality. A fundamental and methodically newly developed understanding of the motives and motivations that influence the everyday mobility behavior of people in Vienna can help to support the necessary changes in behavior and habits. The inter- and transdisciplinary research project MOVE2MOVE - Understanding Motives to Change Mobility - addresses these challenges and analyses the com- plexity of use and the socio-psychological approaches to using different forms of mobility in Vienna. With the help of a Q-study, the project explores the questions of which motives influence the choice of mobility options used by the Viennese, what role their relationship to the natural environment plays in this, and which urban mobility profiles can be identified. In a subsequent representative survey, the socio-demographic characteristics and the actual choice of means of transport of these urban mobility profiles will be collected. Finally, in a participatory workshop, recommendations for an inclusive mobility transformation in Vienna will be developed based on the results, and exem- plary measures will be derived that meet the previously identified mobility profiles as inclusively as possible.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-11-10 - 2025-02-09

Young people have an important role to play in a society's ability to innovate, as they can become effective through new and unfamiliar approaches to problems and creative, innovative ideas, thereby enabling the continuity and further development of our society. The active participation of young people in local and regional development is also considered to be of great importance in promoting identification with the community and region, promoting social cohesion and a sense of responsibility, as well as reducing the likelihood of young people moving away. The establishment of youth councils in Lower Austria in 2013 was an important step towards representing the group of young people and young adults at municipal level and ensuring an exchange between various youth-related organisations, associations, educational institutions and the province of Lower Austria. However, practice shows that the opportunities for young people to participate in solving social issues are limited and the existing participation programmes are often not adequate to successfully involve young people. At the same time, youth is a very short development phase during which interests and priorities change rapidly. This makes it all the more important to work with adequate methods and on topics identified jointly with young people (co-creation). This project therefore addresses the following research questions: Which location- and region-specific potentials and challenges of youth participation in the LEADER region Wein4tel Donauraum can be identified and which recommendations for action can be derived? What are the wishes and needs of young people in the Weinviertel Donauraum region and how can these be taken into account in local and regional decision-making? Which participation formats appeal to young people and how would they themselves design participation formats?
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-12-01 - 2024-11-30

In less than seven years, Austria's electricity supply is intended to be entirely sourced from renewable energy, positioning the country on the home stretch to achieve climate neutrality. To inform this transformation process, numerous interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scenarios by the project consortium attempt to envision how the energy infrastructure, including generation, transportation, conversion, distribution, and utilization, could look in the coming decades. However, preliminary projects highlight serious deficiencies in these planning tools. For instance, the future provision and demand for various energy resources are marked by growing uncertainties that are not currently receiving sufficient attention. Considering the escalating and multifaceted uncertainties, it is imperative to apply radically rethought, cross-sectoral, and integrative resilience and flexibilization concepts. However, not only current political and market framework conditions hinder the application of relevant concepts, but our existing planning tools are also not designed to comprehensively represent their societal value. Flexibility research has been gaining increasing importance in recent years. Energy infrastructure planning tools previously focused on the optimal allocation of resources under average deployment conditions. However, state-of-the-art tools typically have a one-sided focus on the efficient use of surplus resources, such as peak electricity. On the other hand, resilience research primarily deals with disaster risk reduction, safety considerations, the negative impact of sudden resource shortages, and recovery after extreme events. Unlike flexibility research, this research area has a longer history in various disciplines, ranging from food networks, supply chains for material goods, investment portfolios to infrastructure planning. In energy system models, extraordinary deviations still receive insufficient attention. The central opportunity now lies in integrating resilience and flexibilization concepts to plan a resource-efficient and systemically resilient energy infrastructure. Exciting possibilities arise from multi-sectoral coupling. The interface between electricity and bioenergy supply is used as a cross-sectoral use case. This allows for identifying synergies, particularly between measures for dealing with the impacts of climate change, regular fluctuations in solar radiation, wind availability and water supply, wind breakage, snow load, floods, pest infestation and crop damage, as well as societal and trade-related transportation risks.

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