Urban Mobility

Urban mobility policy aims to ensure that people can access their destinations in an affordable, environmentally friendly and safe way in urban areas. To pursue a sustainable mobility policy, there is an essential need for a better understanding of the growing mobility demand and its repercussions on people, the economy and the environment. In this domain, our key areas of research are travel behaviour analysis, impact assessment of mobility interventions and stakeholder participation in mobility planning.

Travel behaviour analysis

Our researchers investigate the driving forces behind mobility choices at the level of the individuals and different groups of society by analysing data on travel behaviour. Additionally, we investigate how this behaviour can be influenced to promote a modal shift to sustainable modes of transport.

Our experience covers research on professional mobility (e.g. the use of company cars) and commuting mobility of students, the in-depth analysis of modal choice and travel behaviour in Brussels, teleworking and the influence of activities during travelling on the value of travel time (travel multitasking). Besides traditional ways of collecting data through travel surveys, we developed the mobility module of the MOTUS online time-use survey. This provides us with detailed information about mobility-related activities in the daily time-use context. In addition, our big data and analytics-team gives insights into the movement of passengers based on smartcard or smartphone data.

Impact assessment of mobility interventions

Our tools and analysis help decision makers to understand the impact of different mobility measures through the evaluation of the impact on sustainability and the stakeholders involved. We aim to highlight the impact of new technologies and business models (such as shared mobility, mobility as a service, ridesharing) on society and provide recommendations on creating an inclusive and user-centric mobility system.

The evaluation techniques we use include social cost-benefit analysis, life cycle analysis and multi-criteria analysis. To emphasize the societal impacts in a social cost-benefit analysis, we developed an External Cost Calculator. We also developed the Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA).  MAMCA allows us to consider the preferences of different stakeholders simultaneously and highlights possible synergies and conflicts across a broad range of actors. Furthermore, the competence-based multi-actor multi-criteria analysis can be used to assess stakeholder preferences in politically complex multi-level decision contexts.

As part of the impact assessment, we develop plausible, possible and realistic scenarios of the future of urban mobility to define the necessary policy pathways and roadmaps to promote sustainable mobility.

Stakeholder participation in mobility planning

We think that future mobility policies should be developed together with stakeholders and specifically with citizens. Therefore, we research how citizens can co-create solutions to their local mobility problems. We also investigate how citizens can be empowered to collect and analyse data from their surroundings by setting up and testing citizen observatories, i.e. an online platform to enable smartphone-based data collection campaigns.

Services we offer:

  • Design and analysis of travel behaviour surveys
  • Impact assessment of mobility interventions and services
  • Designing and conducting a co-creation process with citizens
  • Stakeholder-based evaluation of mobility measures
  • Decision support in complex multi-level contexts

If you would like to work with us, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our teammembers.