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CCP: 104
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 195

Mind The Gap In High-Speed Trains Futures: A Methodological Contribution

S. Moretto1,2, D. Robinson3,4, A.B Moniz1,5 and S. Chen2

1Research Centre on Enterprise and Work Innovation (IET-CESNOVA), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
2School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
3Teqnode Ltd, Paris, France
4Latts-Perist, Université Paris-Est, Paris, France
5Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
S. Moretto, D. Robinson, A.B Moniz, S. Chen, "Mind The Gap In High-Speed Trains Futures: A Methodological Contribution", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 195, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.104.195
Keywords: socio-technology scenarios, technology transitions, multi-level framework analysis, constructive technology assessment, high-speed trains, decision-making.

The paper is a contribution to the ongoing debate on the urge for market-oriented technologies in railways. We argue that verified discontinuities between endogenous and exogenous prospective practices, addressing high-speed trains' futures, overpasses emergent societal challenges and consequently misses anticipating related new-entry-market barriers. It is therefore paramount to bridge quantitative technology appraisals with qualitative societal assessments. The verification of this condition results from focus of our lens of analysis on the relation between studied prospective reports with the high-speed trains' technology transitions and further detailing stakeholders' multi-level-framework alignments. Those two are functional elements of constructive technology assessment integrating a broad range of concepts from different theoretical streams in the sociology of innovation and science and technology studies.

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