Amir Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi

Postdoctoral researcher

Project and interests

His main research interest is in sociotechnical transitions, technological innovation systems, multi-technology and multi-sector dynamics, science, technology and innovation policies, and modelling and simulation, where he has both published and reviewed articles in refereed journals, including Transport Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. 

As a postdoctoral fellow at the TIK centre, he works within the OFLLEX and INTRANSIT projects to investigate the potential, barriers, and benefits of integrating renewable energies into oil and gas platforms using offshore wind power together with energy storage technologies and flexibility in energy usage, with the aim to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The main question is, what are the main systems challenges – both technical and social, including policy and regulation, routines, standards, decision structures around investments, and the knowledge base – connected to the implementation of wind power as an energy source in oil and gas production? This is answered from a social science perspective, and relevant approaches include for instance technological innovation systems (TIS), studies of diffusion of technology or socio-technical systems analysis. First, a system view using the TIS structural-functional analysis is taken to study both technological and social aspects that influence the development and implementation of offshore wind turbine and energy storage technologies and load flexibility in the Norwegian oil and gas platforms. Then, a more advanced TIS analysis, e.g., the mechanism-based explanation (MBE) analysis, is used to identify the systemic problems, blocking mechanisms and poor system functioning under specific contextual conditions.
 

Background

Amir has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Yazd University, Yazd, Iran (2005-2009) and a master’s degree in Management of Innovation & Technology from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2009-2012). He obtained his PhD in Management in 2021 at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia. In his PhD dissertation, he conceptualised innovation and industrial change processes, particularly sociotechnical interactions (the interaction of technology, actor strategies, policy, politics, society, and culture) and modelled and simulated such interactions for vehicle powertrain systems in a System Dynamics modelling environment. 
He supervised several bachelor students’ theses at University of Eyvanakey, Semnan, Iran (2012-2013), and acted as sessional lecturer as well as teaching assistant for MBA courses, and as research assistant at the University of Newcastle (2020-2022).

Recent Publications

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Blackmore, K., Savage, D. & Juniper, J. (2021) ‘Modelling and simulating a multi-modal and multi-dimensional technology interaction framework: The case of vehicle powertrain technologies in the US market’. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 175 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121412.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., (2021) ' A dynamic approach to technology interaction in an era of ferment ’. The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia. http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/1423920

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Blackmore, K., Savage, D. & Juniper, J. (2020) ‘On the coexistence of positive and negative externalities in the inter-powertrain relationships’. Journal of Cleaner Production, 277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124118.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Blackmore, K. & Juniper, J. (2020) ‘The evolution of dynamic interactions between the knowledge development of powertrain systems’. Transport Policy, 931-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.04.018.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Juniper, J., Savage, D. & Blackmore, K. (2020) ‘Supportive or inhibitive? — Analysis of dynamic interactions between the inter-organisational collaborations of vehicle powertrains’. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118790.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Blackmore, K. & Juniper, J. (2020) ‘The global patents dataset on the vehicle powertrains of ICEV, HEV, and BEV’. Data in Brief, 32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106042.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Juniper, J. & Blackmore, K. (2020) ‘Dataset on the global patent networks within and between vehicle powertrain technologies - Cases of ICEV, HEV, and BEV’. Data in Brief, 28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2019.105017.

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Juniper, J., Blackmore, K., (2020)  ‘A dynamic approach to socio-technical interactions between technological systems’, 11th International Sustainability Transition conference, Vienna, Austria. http://ist2020.at/wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/IST2020_paper_281.pdf

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Juniper, J., Blackmore, K., (2020) ‘Tripartite dynamic interactions on the scientific knowledge development of ICEV, BEV and HEV technologies’, 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33), Portland, Oregon. 10.5281/zenodo.4023259

Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi, A., Savage, D., Juniper, J., Blackmore, K., (2020) ‘Exploring the dynamic influences between the conventional, electric and hybrid powertrains on a global market scale’, 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33), Portland, Oregon. 10.5281/zenodo.4060171

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