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Exceptionalism and Evasion: How Scholars Reason About Air Travel - Nina Wormbs

Understanding how scholars reason about their own flying habits is important when dealing with the problems of large emissions from academic air travel. This study is based on a travel habits survey with scholars at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Time: Fri 2022-05-20 10.00 - 11.00

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Portrait of Nina Wormbs

Nina Wormbs

Profile - Professor in history of technology at KTH, and an active public intellectual.

In this study, we look at how scholars reason about how emissions from their flying could be reduced. Their responses display a spectrum of varying attitudes, from climate scepticism to a commitment to radical transformation, with the majority in between, either suggesting different types of concrete changes or invoking arguments to justify the status quo. The proposed interventions, several of which are ingenious and wise, can guide university managements to strategies that have support from employees. The more reluctant arguments point to cultural and discursive habits that must be understood and met in an empathetic way.

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