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Research Profile

Research Profile

Based on actor-centred analyses of concrete social challenges in the research fields of transport and mobility, the Department of Integrated Transport Planning (IVP) has as its goal to identify the research requirements of society and to ensure that the results of the research are transformed into corresponding practical solutions.

Our research is guided by a demand-oriented perspective that conceives transport users as participants in the development of an integrative and sustainable transport system. With integrated transport planning as a guiding principle, our research aims to foster changes in mobility behaviour and is thus guided by the transformation from a fossil-fuel-based to a post-fossil-fuel mobility culture. Accordingly, in the field of transport policy, we specifically examine the institutional frameworks and specific constellations of participants that are necessary for a potential change in decision-making processes, as well as the possibilities of alternative mobility behaviour, all with a view to developing a sustainable transport system. Our interest is focused especially on the behaviour of transport users, which is analysed in the context of political, social, ecological, economic and technological decision-making processes.

Projections of user needs and institutional arrangements are generated from the perspective of future studies (Zukunftsforschung). From the specific standpoint of designing the future of transport and mobility, the IVP thereby constructs a link between structural analyses and the perspectives of the different actors involved. Our research is aimed at achieving a holistic understanding of future mobility systems, taking into account all their reciprocal social interactions. The Department thus integrates and combines not only the systemic requirements of society, politics and academic research, but also strengthens the nexus between strategic projection and planning. Concretely speaking, the Department’s research is focused on the following three main areas:

Research on Actors

Central to our research is the analysis of the motivations of transport users, with a special emphasis on recurring patterns of action and how these mobility routines can be influenced before they harden into mobility patterns. The research strategy is focused on the potential for change in  decision-making processes and the possibilities for alternative mobility behaviour, with a view to developing a sustainable transport system. To this end, we examine the institutional frameworks and the specific constellations of actors in the field of transport policy.

Researching the Future

The scientific study of future-related issues encompasses the systemic analysis of possible, probable and desirable futures. From the specific standpoint of designing the future of transport and mobility, structural analyses are linked with the perspectives of the various actors involved. The application-oriented studies of the future are devoted a) to basic research from an epistemological, methodological and communicational perspective, b) to designing and evaluating alternative futures, as well as c) analysing the validity claims of alternative visions of the future. The investigations are based on a holistic understanding of future mobility systems, taking into account all their reciprocal social interactions.

International Research on Mobility and Transport

We investigate the different pathways of global developments in transport systems as well as the various concepts of transport planning. We are especially interested in the specific cultural, social and political parameters and their importance for the development of transport and mobility. Following differentiated analysis of the respective complex interrelationships, customised concepts of transport planning are elaborated, designed to support the development of a sustainable system of transport and mobility in a global perspective.

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