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Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

A Smartphone Solution for Promoting Sustainable Mobility: The DriveGreen Approach

9th June 2016, 13:00 to 14:00, E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences, Dr Dan Podjed

According to the International Energy Agency, a quarter of anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are produced by transport
and three quarters by road traffic. How can we change the road practices and habits that destroy the environment and endanger our existence? This presentation introduces a smartphone solution that was developed in the DriveGreen project and designed to promote sustainable mobility, e.g. walking, cycling, and using public transport.

It motivates its users by rewarding individual achievements and supporting user cooperation on a city level. The solution was designed by an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists and engineers on the basis of comparative studies done in five cities: Ljubljana, Belgrade, Budapest, Istanbul, and Newcastle. The culture-specific design is the main advantage of the smartphone application, because it surpasses ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions by considering the human factors that shape driving habits and mobility patterns in different locations.

Dan Podjed is a Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, an Assistant Professor for Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana, and a Research Fellow at a vehicle telematics company CVS Mobile. Currently he is the principal investigator of an applied research project “DriveGreen: Development of an Eco-driving Application for a Transition to a Low-carbon Society” ( He is a coordinator of the Applied Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and the initiator of the international symposium “Why the world needs anthropologists” (Amsterdam 2013, Padua 2014, Ljubljana 2015, Tartu 2016). His current research interests include driving habits, human-technology interaction, and environmental protection.

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