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Reference Number ES/X007952/1
Title Future Flight Social Science Research Director (Phase 2)
Status Started
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 95%;
Energy Efficiency (Transport) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 30%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor F Elsdon-Baker

School of Philosophy Theology & Religion
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 September 2022
End Date 30 September 2024
Duration 25 months
Total Grant Value £1,821,891
Industrial Sectors
Region West Midlands
Programme ISCF Future Flight Challenge
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor F Elsdon-Baker , School of Philosophy Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham (100.000%)
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Objectives ObjectivesResearch Objectives:To undertake mapping and development of research that enable a better understanding of:1) the social desirability and public expectations for future aviation systems2) the range of stakeholders within the innovation ecosystem necessary for the scale up and industrialisation of future aviation systems3) the potential impacts, implications and benefits of future aviation systems and infrastructure within rural, sub-urban and urban communities across the UK4) the potential impacts on different communities and the potential role future flight initiatives might play in mitigating or increasing social inequalities or social exclusion5) stakeholders and wider publics perceived trustworthiness of future aviation systems and the organisational, institutional or regulatory frameworks in which they will be implemented6) publics and stakeholders awareness of the capabilities, and potential benefits, implications and impacts (social, economic and environmental) of future aviation systems7) the potential economic, environmental and social benefits or disbenefits of implementing future flight transport systems within the UK at a local, regional, devolved and national level8) the potential for Future flight transport systems to be delivered as part of a wider multi-modal transport system within the UK.Wider programmatic objectives:1) To work with the future flight challenge director, challenge team, award holders and relevant stakeholders to enable socially informed development and implementation of new aviation systems, infrastructure and technologies, that are cognisant of their social desirability and publics expectations2) To be visible and a champion for economic and social research in the future flight challenge, to both internal and external audiences.3) To build UK economic and social research capacity, capabilities and networks in relation to the social study of future flight technologies, systems and infrastructure4) To engage with all future flight challenge funded activities to identify new research opportunities and collaborations5) To work with the challenge team and award holders to create forums for public engagement between wider publics/communities.6) To build longer term relationships between economic and social researchers/research communities and relevant stakeholders including those working industry, policy, and regulation.7) To provide accessible research outputs that enable the Challenge Team, award holders and the aviation sector to undertake future engagement with broader stakeholders and wider publics.8) To work with the future flight challenge, wider stakeholders and ESRC to provide a mid-/long- term roadmap for future economic and social research in relation to future aviation systems beyond the lifetime of this project.
Abstract Future flight technologies are undergoing a pivotal moment with novel and innovative developments taking place in many different fields. Under the aegis of the Future Flight challenge, there is increasing awareness of the growing opportunities and potential benefits (including environmental and economic) offered by such technologies. However, this is not only an emergent area of technology and innovation. it is also an emergent field of social study. Therefore, there is pressing need for a comprehensive analysis of potential socially desirable benefits or social disbenefits of Future Flight technologies. This will form a vital aspect of any roadmap for scale up and industrialisation, to strongly position UK industry in the global market and to realise the full social, economic and environmental benefits of these technologies. Furthermore, as this is emergent felid of social study, researcher capacity building needs to be undertaken in concert with the Future Flight Phase three programme of innovation, testing and development, in order to ensure that as the UK moves into the subsequent phase of future flight technological development, we have the social science insight to best understand the implications, impact and benefits prior to, and during scale up and industrialisation. To meet these dual objectives of providing world leading UK social science insight and longer term social and economic research capacity building, this project will focus on three areas:1. Specified work packages of focused research that are commissioned through other UK based higher education institutions through open call sub-granting. This will draw on expertise in the research community and enable further capacity building across the social sciences in the UK.2. Cross cutting research to be undertaken by the Future Flight Challenge team based at the University of Birmingham and lead by Prof. Fern Elsdon-Baker. This programme of research will be co-created in conjunction with the wider UKRI Future Flight Challenge team, Future Flight Challenge Phase 3 award holders and governmental, regulatory or other stakeholders. This will ensure quick and adaptable research that can inform the wider FFC programme. It is also expected that this research will feed into and support the development of legacy programmes beyond the FFC timetable.3. Underpinning networking/dissemination/engagement activities to include at least, four participatory policy workshops, two x 2-day research network development workshops , one second phase public dialogue and other virtual webinars, networking workshops/events or seminar-based activities to disseminate reports/findings and as needed by the UKRI Future Flight Challenge teamThe project was developed as part of a consultive process undertaken during the phase 1 Research Director project during 21/22 and draws on the following activities:- Scoping research and engagement with Future Flight Challenge team, phase 2 award holders and relevant stakeholders- Future Flight Challenge Public Dialogue activity run in partnership with Sciencewise and undertaken by Ipsos Mori in March/April 2022.- Future Flight Challenge Social Science Co-creation workshops held in March/April 2022- Future Flight Challenge Social Science Forward Strategy published January 2022This programme of activity draws on the insight of the project team at et University of Birmingham alongside that of the Future Flight Challenge team, relevant sector stakeholders or partners, wider academic networks and public participants of the Future Flight Challenge Public dialogue.
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