9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Regional Innovation Systems in Southern Europe and Sustainability Building II, Auditório C1.03

Innovation and sustainability: possible links and fragilities in the automobile industry

The information on the technological features of automotive industry and its implications for sustainability is not spread enough among academics or experts in related fields. However, innovation characteristics is discussed intensively. Also is considered as a key-sector where the more important and intense changes (technological, business, conception, organisational) have taken place in the last decades. It also represents one of the most important cultural elements in modern societies.
We conclude that to overcome this situation and problem, the focus must be developed on the integrative dimension of these technical and innovative aspects (construction, design and mobility) and on socio-cultural aspects, such as consumers? behaviour, urbanisation tendencies, multi-modular transport, values and infrastructures of communication and also attitudes in what concern mobility. Especially because from such interlinkage the concept of sustainability will become clearer, as well the field of application. The paper will focus also on the Portuguese experiments (studies on the future of the sector) on this knowledge field.