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| Stories of Science
Climate Action | Global Development | Water
Resilient water management in India through adaptive policy analysisLeon Hermans and Sharlene Gomes are researching how access to water in rural-urban fringes has changed and are taking stock of vulnerabilities and opportunities for adaptive water management.
Digital Society | Urbanisation & Mobility
A revolution in modelling travel behaviourHow do you get drivers out of their cars? How can you make alternatives, such as public transport and cycling, attractive? ‘People who travel a lot by car develop biased views related to alternatives making them less attractive,’ says Maarten Kroesen, researcher into travel behaviour at TU Delft. His groundbreaking research into attitude and travel behaviour could help to make a difference, but it calls for some serious measures that will make car use unattractive.
Digital Society | Urbanisation & Mobility
Analysing firefighter calls on New Year’s Eve with open source dataAt present an active societal debate is going on in the Netherlands whether consumer fireworks should be banned. This debate follows from increasing violence directed at first aid responders, annually increasing arson and damage to public and private property. Researchers Mikhail Sirenko, Trivik Verma, and Igor Nikolic analysed firefighter calls to support the debate with facts and figures.
Climate Action | Responsible Innovation
Designing for darknessDays are short in January, but this does not mean darkness sets in early in the Netherlands. On cloudy nights, light pollution turns the night sky of Delft a bright orange. Let’s start designing for darkness, Dr Taylor Stone proposes in his research.
Climate Action | Responsible Innovation | Water
Avoiding division in climate adaptationThe government has growing expectations of citizens when it comes to climate adaptation, but not every citizen or neighbourhood is able to live up to these expectations. Neelke Doorn, Professor of Ethics of Water Engineering, is studying ways of avoiding social divides between neighbourhoods.
Responsible Innovation | Serious Gaming
A pleasant and effective work atmosphere through simulation gamesCultural diversity and a mixture of people with different specialisations in a workplace can boost creativity. However, it can also lead to misunderstandings, stereotyping and misconception. Team members may not even be aware of their own motives, which makes it difficult to bring about a cultural shift. A simulation game can help to create awareness.
Urbanisation & Mobility
Motorway speed limits of 100 km/h largely advantageousThe maximum speed on Dutch motorways is set to be reduced to 100 km/h soon. This measure is expected to reduce nitrogen deposition to a sufficient extent in the short term to enable important construction projects to proceed. Bert van Wee, Professor of Transport Policy, has been closely monitoring the issue of speed for many years.
Energy Transition | Responsible Innovation
The hydrogen car as a crucial link in a sustainable energy systemConventional cars that run on fossil fuels no longer meet today’s needs, certainly not in view of the Dutch government’s target of being CO₂ neutral by 2050. A combination of hydrogen cars and battery electric vehicles, are the way forward as stated by the TPM researcher Samira Farahani.
TPM in the media
27 March 2020
Hans de Bruijn in Trouw about 'Framing’ (column)
Hans de Bruijn has a weekly column about 'framing' in Trouw. Read the latest column.
26 February 2020
Servaas Storm in New York Times on corona
The lockdown of Italy's industrial heart because of the corona virus has heightened fears of disruption in the global supply chain. Italy's economy has not grown in two decades. As one of 19 countries that share the euro currency, Italy must abide by strict rules on public spending, further limiting growth and making its companies especially dependent on trade. “Because of the austerity that is ingrained into Italian economic policy, the domestic market is not growing,” said Servaas Storm, an economist at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. “So firms that want to grow have to do it through exports.”
15 November 2019
Behnam Taebi in Technisch Weekblad over Geo-engineering
Deze zomer meldde het IPCC dat de gemiddelde temperatuur wereldwijd sinds 1850 met 1,1°C is toegenomen, maar dat de toename boven land ruim een halve graad hoger ligt. Hoe somberder de voorspellingen over de gevolgen van klimaatverandering worden, hoe serieuzer wetenschappers nadenken over geo-engineering, ofwel het kunstmatig op grote schaal afkoelen van de wereld door bijvoorbeeld deeltjes in de stratosfeer te brengen.