Line Vanparys
PhD student
Sociology (master120) at UCL in 2021
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Main project: Towards more sustainable mobility practices in Wallonia? A mixed-method research on the boosts and brakes for the development of such practices, and on the COVID-19 pandemic consequences.
Funding: Bourse de démarrage de doctorat (2 ans) dans le cadre du projet BEST Energy ( financé par le SPF Economie
Supervisor(s): Francesco Contino

In the transportation sector of Wallonia, despite the existing policy goals and scenarios aiming to reduce energy consumption, and therefore car use, car is still the most used mode of transport. Moreover, in Belgium, the number of wage cars almost doubled between 2008 and 2020. And, if fewer people travelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a more intensive use of the car is conceivable: people intend to use public transport less and use the car more because of health security reasons. There is thus an emerging need to pursue research on the development of more sustainable mobility practices. Social practice theories are the theoretical framework. By rejecting the distinction between macro- and microscopic levels of analysis,

they consider the practices as the unit of analysis explained by norms and values, infrastructures, socioeconomic, characteristics, other practices, … Even if there are surveys on how people explain their use of different means of transport, nearly no social practice theories’ studies have been carried out in Wallonia to understand the adoption and defection of sustainable mobility practices. A mixed-methods approach will be used, with quantitative data from existing surveys (notably BELDAM, Monitor, BeMob, and Mo’-vid19), and with qualitative data collected through three sets of in-depth interviews with a) individuals who changed their mobility practices to more sustainable ones, b) individuals wanting to do so but failed, and c) individuals having access to a company car. The research will focus on several aspects of mobility practices: means of transportation, distance, frequency, time allowed for each trip, type of energy (fuel, electric, …), and type of car (SUV, family car, more or less fuel/energy-efficient, weight…). The last elements have not yet been studied with a sociological approach.

IMMC main research direction(s):

sociological aspects of energy demand

Research group(s): TFL
Collaborations: My supervisors are Grégoire Lits and Françoise Bartiaux. But Francesco Contino is part of my thesis committee.


Recent publications

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Conference Papers

1. Horta, Ana; Schmidt, Luísa; Vanparys, Line; Bartiaux, Françoise. Attitudes on climate change and on energy policies in two European countries: A sociological approach. 2021 xxx.

2. Vanparys, Line. Interactions between Experts and Newspapers about Climate Change. 2021 xxx.