Mikko Jalas, Aalto University ([email protected])
Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University
Milos Mladenovic, Aalto University
Shane Epting, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Social phenomena are cemented in the ways that societies build and maintain their infrastructures. Commitments to wide availability and secured delivery of services such electricity, communications and transport are constituent aspects of nation states, civic societies and communities. When taking sustainability concerns, limited resource availability, and fairness seriously, the expansion of these services and the commitments that underlay much of daily activities need to be questioned. What is sufficient service level in space and time? What is good quality service? How to ensure fairness in access to infrastructure services? How to limit excess consumption and provide for well-being?
Infrastructural expansion has been marked with grand openings, but much of their development is gradual. They are made not only of materials, but contain epistemic practices and politics. The notion of ecowelfare state, when viewed from the point of view of infrastructures, questions not only availability and access to services, but the way that infrastructures are governed.
Hence, we call for papers relating to infrastructures as materialisations of sustainability transformations and new vistas for to role of state in such transformations. Question include but are not limited to the following.
How to share and make better use of infrastructures and how much scope is there to alter the spatial and temporal reach of services?
How do collectives and identities form around of infrastructures, including community energy projects, water co-ops and cooperation in the area of transport?
How do infrastructures constitute collective life?
How do different ownership and operation co-exist, blend or compete between public, private and collective service provisioning?
How to properly account for differences in the need for and abilities to participate in infrastructure service provision?
What political ideas, discourses and epistemic practices infuse with and condition developments in infrastructures?
Building community resilience in welfare state: learning from local water crisis in Finland - Tuuli Hirvilammi, Liisa Häikiö, Lauri Lahikainen, Sanna Rikala & Antti Wallin
Prime-time Access for whom? Reshaping the Rhythms of Consumption Through dynamic Pricing of Infrastructure Services - Mikko Jalas and Sini Numminen
Infrastructures of (in)continence in and as the shadows of welfare state - Eveliina Asikainen, Tiina Vaittinen, Anna Rajala, Tuulia Lahtinen, Minna Törnävä
Green infrastructure, socio-ecological compensation, and the future of environmental well-being in Turku - Juha Hiedanpää, Aleksis Klap, Idamaria Laine, Miika Meretoja, Minna Pappila, Misa Tuomala and Timo Vuorisalo
The Race of 5G: Urban aesthetic compromises. - Sanna Lehtinen, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar