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PROTESTING THE GLOBAL AIR TRANSPORT INDUSTRY: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS FIGHTING FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE PLANET

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€0
EU Contribution
€173 847
Project Acronym
PROTEST-AIRT
STRIA Roadmaps
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Before COVID-19, air transport was expected to grow at a rate of about 4 % per year. And future demand was paired with plans for new infrastructure, namely new airports, and airport expansions. While the pandemic grounded many of these plans, global social and environmental movements are calling for a reduction in air traffic and a climate-just transport system. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) project PROTEST-AIRT focuses on several cases of European activism that target the air transport industry, including collectives such as SchipholWatch in the Netherlands and the umbrella organisation Stay Grounded, which connects action groups from all over the world. The project will study the ongoing debate apropos potential solutions for the aviation industry.

Objectives

PROTEST-AIRT is a multi-actor and inter-scalar research project aiming at understanding the growing global and European dissent against the air transport industry. Before the pandemic, air transport was expected to growth at a rate of about 4% per year, including both more frequent flyers in developed nations and new markets in the 'developing' world. This future demand was paired with new infrastructural projects, namely new airports and airport expansions. Recently, several social movements have been campaigning in Europe to create awareness about the series of 'side effects' associated to this global industry, from aircraft noise to CO2 and non-CO2 emissions. Airports have become both the site and objects of diverse forms of dissent. As sites of dissent, airports have been the place where activists congregate and exert their democratic rights through claim-making, oftentimes engaging in 'radical' and performative protest acts. As object of dissent, the narratives about airports and airlines as spaces/companies of interconnection and development have been challenged by these dissenting citizens, proposing alternative readings of airports and airlines as spaces of destruction and overconsumption. The PROTEST-AIRT project focuses on selected cases of European activism that target the global air transport industry, including collectives such as SchipholWatch in the Netherlands, Am Boden Bleiben in Germany, Extinction Rebellion in United Kingdom, Zeroport in Spain and the umbrella organization Stay Grounded, which connects action groups from all over the world.

Methodology

 PROTEST-AIRT will be based on media texts, in-depth interviews, visual documentation of acts of dissent through participant observation, analysis of social media data (in specific of Twitter as political platform) and secondary literature produced by airports, airlines and social movements alike. The project will study the ongoing debate apropos potential solutions for the aviation industry and their limits.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Other Programme
HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-01 MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Address
AM NEUEN PALAIS 10, 14469 POTSDAM, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€173 847

Technologies

Technology Theme
Unclassified
Technology
Non-technology
Development phase
Research/Invention

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