KIT-UoM Joint PhD: Future urban mobility concepts facing changing demand patterns

KIT-UoM Joint PhD: Future urban mobility concepts facing changing demand patterns

The project will focus on the relevance of the demand side for the achievement of sustainable transport in urban areas. Sustainable transport needs not only technology switch, but also a shift in modal choice as well, found in many European cities. This holds in particular for growing agglomerations with their limited space for traffic and parking. Many observers argue, that digitalization of the transport sector will increase the potential for modal shift because of a better integration of the different transport options (Truffer et al. 2017). Mobility behavior is deeply influenced by social and economic obligations, spatial structures and transport infrastructures but as well by individual attitudes, preferences and habits. The PhD project will empirically analyze the interplay of the various factors influencing mobility behavior to better understand promising entry points for policy measures. A starting point should be younger adults in German cities, who have less interest in private cars and more openness for flexible, multimodal transport (Puhe and Schippl 2014). An important question is whether indicators for such a trend can as well be found in Australia, and what such a trend could mean for policy measures.

If successful, the PhD candidate will be enrolled at both the University of Melbourne and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will be co-supervised by supervisors at both institutions. The researcher will be based at KIT, and will spend at least twelve months at the University of Melbourne.

The application process is competitive, with higher than the equivalent of a University of Melbourne 80% in a relevant degree expected. Information on undertaking a doctorate at KIT and eligibility information can be seen here, with information on the University of Melbourne entry requirements here.

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  • Jens Schippl is Senior Scientist, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Jens' research focus is around sociotechnical processes of...
  • Janet Stanley is a Principal Research Fellow - Urban Social Resilience at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Japan, a Director of the...
  • Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate...
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