FAIRTRANS – a fair transition to a fossil-free society

Future Position X participates in the FAIRTRANS research program with the aim to facilitate and accelerate a fair climate change with the experience and commitment of civil society. The program is co-financed by Formas and Mistra and is allocated a total of SEK 40 million over four years.

The vision of the research program is to create a societal transformation that contributes to the goals of the Paris Agreement, taking into account our planet’s limited resources and social goals. Thomas Hahn from Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University and Stephan Barthel from the University of Gävle are proposed as Programme managers.

– Scientific knowledge is crucial to achieve the necessary adaptation, and it must be built and implemented in dialogue with parties from all sides. Together we turn conflicts into synergies to contribute to a viable planet and to a fair future, they say in a press release.
The research program will be built on a scientific basis where political and economic frameworks that are perceived as fair, motivational and effective are developed in collaboration with industry, trade unions and other non-governmental organisations.

Citizen’s acceptance imperative
Developing socially accepted climate measures is a significant part of the program and the area in which FPX will primarily participate, together with among others HIG, University of Gävle.

Jobs, interests and well-being of employees are often considered threatened by the ongoing transition, for example through higher fuel prices. It is also believed that the digital revolution can and should be controlled in order to enable and accelerate a climate transition. But that also requires a simultaneous analysis of social sustainability in order to prevent certain population groups being marginalized due to lack of access to digital information and communication technology, for example the elderly, new arrivals or the cognitively disabled.

Teleworking and Co-working
FPX will also explore best practices regarding teleworking and Co-working in work package 4 together with The Remote Lab in Östersund, as well as build networks and transfer know-whow.

Among other things, we will study questions such as “Which actors run places for teleworking in Sweden today?”, “To what extent and in what ways can teleworking change behaviors and societal debate?”, “What are the best principles and methods for teleworking that contributes to a fossil-free society? ”and “How can new initiatives for different types of digital or shared workplaces be designed and scaled up in rural areas and in smaller cities to create jobs?” Read more about Fairtrans and follow the work on Mistras website.

Stephan Barthel, University of
Thomas Hahn, Stockholm
Resilience Centre

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