This project will analyse the interaction and dependency of energy infrastructure and urban development, alongside the impacts of EV policies, within different institutional contexts.

  • Dates2022-2023
  • SponsorESRC
  • Funded50,000
  • PartnersSeoul National University, Yonsei University, Chonnam National University (all in South Korea), University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA), University of Oxford, University of Manchester

The urban development, energy infrastructure and sustainable mobility network (UDESMO) project is funded by the ESRC AHRC UK South Korea SSH Connections Grants programme.

The transition to electric mobility will have significant impacts on energy infrastructure planning and operations. On the other hand, the urban development plays a crucial role in determining where the need may arise for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Yet, to date, the interaction and dependency of energy infrastructure and urban development, alongside the impacts of EV policies, within different institutional contexts, remain insufficiently explored.

The aim of this network is to address this knowledge gap, the lack of connectivity and level of engagement between the UK and South Korean (KR) researchers through networking activities across the following disciplines and research fields: energy systems modelling (Cranfield University, CU, UK), regional science (Seoul National University, KR) and urban planning (Yonsei University, KR), electric mobility (University of Oxford, UK), energy justice (University of Manchester, UK) and energy economics (Chonnam National University, KR). The network’s expertise is complemented further by the collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV, USA) to analyse the intersections of urban planning and EV promotion policies with expertise on public policy.

UDESMO workshop

The Urban Development, Energy Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility (UDESMO) workshop took place 31 August-1 September 2022 at the University of Oxford.

Agenda and presentations

Day 1: 31 August 2022

12:30-13:00 – Registration and tea/coffee on arrival

13:00-13:10 – Introduction of the network and objectives of the day – Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Cranfield University

13:10-15:00 – Early career researchers – international perspectives, chaired by Dr Jaewon Lim and Prof Stefan Bouzarovski

  1. 'Green is the new black': Motives and barriers to adopting electric vehicles among the young adults in Innsbruck, Austria – Rumana Islam Sarker (remote presentation)
  2. Electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand: A spatio-temporal analysis – Dr Selena Sheng (remote presentation)
  3. Segmentation methods for low-impact behaviour in energy and transport: A dual domain analysis – Alexandra-Elena Vitel (remote presentation)
  4. Exploring the accessibility of public EV chargers in England, UK – Dr Yuerong Zhang
  5. Planning of electric vehicle charging infrastructure using the Voronoi diagram – Dr Ali Alderete Peralta
  6. They the People: subject formation, electric mobility, and social justice in Bristol policy – Dr Hannah Budnitz

15:00-15:15 – Tea/coffee break

15:15-16:00 – Break-out group discussions: identify research gaps (key issues and questions to be addressed)

16:00-17:00 – Panel debate: International perspectives on identified key research areas – chaired by Prof Tim Schwanen

  • Prof Brian Kim – Seoul National University
  • Prof Jeong Hwan Bae – Chonnam National University
  • Dr Jaewon Lim – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr Jinhee Kim – Yonsei University

17:00-17:15 – Final remarks

18:30-20:00 – Conference dinner

Day 2: 1 September 2022

9:00-9:05 – Overview of Day 1 and objectives of Day 2 – Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Cranfield University

9:05-10:20 – UK & KR perspective: Policy goals and instruments to manage the impacts of large EV uptake on power networks – chaired by Prof Tim Schwanen and Prof Jeong Hwan Bae

10:15-11:00 – Break-out group discussion and reporting back

  • What are the similarities and differences in policies and instruments between the UK and KR?
  • What lessons can be shared?

11:00-11:15 – Tea/coffee break

11:15-12:15 – UK & KR perspective: Policy goals and instruments to influence demands for EVs and their charging infrastructure at local level – chaired by Prof Stefan Bouzarovski and Dr Jinhee Kim

12:15-13:10 – Plenary debate: lessons to share between the UK and KR
Commentary by Paul Gambrell – Oxfordshire County Council

13:10-13:15 – Closing remarks – Dr Nazmiye Ozkan & Prof Brian Kim

13:15-14:00 – Lunch