Call for paper Special issue IJATM "Sustainable urban mobility in comparison"

28 February, 2013 - 23:00
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28 February, 2013 - 23:00

Aims and scope

Two thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050 (United Nations 2008). Congestion
and inefficient transport facilities pose a significant challenge for their citizens, for transport policy
makers and planners and enterprises. With rising motorization especially in Brazil, India, Russia
and China, and highly saturated car markets in Europe and the US, densely populated cities are the
first regions to suffer from environmental consequences such as air and noise pollution. In addition,
income inequalities, geographical living and working conditions impact citizens’ access to mobility.
At the same time, many global metropolitan areas are very innovative regions creating new solutions
to render existing transport systems more efficient, and environmentally and socially sustainable.
Passengers can choose among public and private, shared and individual means of transport,
and combine them in an intelligent and efficient manner (intermodality). These transformations take
place in an age marked by the end of cheap oil at the basis of the individual motorized transport system,
the automotive paradigm shifts from ownership to flexible use (Canzler/Knie 2011). In Europe,
a new generation and changed status symbols has developed different mobility needs (Bratzel

Since 2008, in many cities electric vehicles are part of these sustainable transport solutions, but also
pedelecs and e-scooters are being combined in multiple experimentations on urban, regional, national
and European scale. This involves firms and public actors from different sectors such as telecommunication,
energy, transport and the automotive industry. New policy instruments and collaborations
emerge in the common effort to define sustainable mobility. These urban experimentations,
and first explorative commercial offers reveal new patterns of mobility demand. Passengers as customers
play a new role by integrating individual and collective transport along their mobility chains.
This special issue seeks to bring together different perspectives on urban sustainable transport projects
in cities and regions worldwide asking how future sustainable transport systems will look like.
Analyzing politics, the industrial and market challenges, citizens’ patterns of mobility or implementation
problems, the following general research questions emerge:
What does „sustainable urban transport“ mean (for involved actors) and how can it be achieved ?
How do existing and future urban sustainable transport projects influence markets ?
Which planning and implementation problems emerge and are these comparable ?
How do customers react to newly offered public shared mobility systems ?
Is there a „paradigm shift“ from automobility to intermodality ?
Which projects translate it into practice and by what means?
What are criteria of “success”, which projects should be extended ?
Finally, how can social sciences understand and analyze urban sustainable mobility ?
Which methodological approaches are appropriate to compare sustainable urban transport projects
In order to allow comparative discussion, we plan to discuss selected papers in dedicated sessions
at the GERPISA annual conference (Paris, June 2013)

The special issue welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions related to the proposed topics
(see 'Subject coverage'). Case studies, surveys and papers based on empirical data are preferred; a
rigorous research methodology is required, as well as a review of existing literature and adequate reference
to bibliographical sources. Contributions will be subjected to double-blind review.

Due dates

The special issue will be published in 2014.
· Deadline for (extended) abstract submission: 28 February 2013
· Response by guest editors: 31 March 2013
· Possible presentation of papers at GERPISA conference in Paris 12 - 14 June 2013
· Deadline for full paper submission: 31 August 2013

All correspondence to

Julia Hildermeier
61, avenue du Président Wilson
94235 Cachan cedex
Telephone: +33 1 47 40 68 67


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