Mobilities is a research field that has developed from transport studies in the social sciences and cultural studies. It opened up the ‘black box’ of traditional transport studies by adding more complex and contextualized understandings of the meaning of movements and flows of people, artefacts, capital and risks, in space. Dimensions of power are deeply embedded into the field. The technology development of mobile telecommunication, cyber technologies, and software engineering are of substantial importance for introducing new modes of transportation and make people connected. However, not everyone has access to the latest technological devices or is connected to the mobility fast-track where globalized nomads have freedom of movement. Left behind are people, poorly connected to the networks, with difficulties to access everyday destinations because of poor access to affordable transportation or lack of opportunities. Justice is an important question to further explore as well as questions about different mobility regimes and what institutional strategies work towards a sustainable development. Additional questions concern the development of new methodologiesa to measure socioeconomic values of accessibility, justice and environmental sustainability.

Research Projects

Space-time use and temporal well-being of on-board public transport workers

Usership-focused innovations in new mobility services and in public transport (PT) are usually promoted by policy-makers and operators as potential solutions to decrease car ownership, traffic congestion, and air pollution by providing users with seamless, tailored, and digitalized mobility options. However, the anticipated benefits for the users of these innovations (in terms of flexibility, accessibility, time sovereignty, […]

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Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the early stages of planning processes – improved tools for navigating collaborative complexities and private sector rationalities

The purpose of the project is to identify innovative ways to promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the early stages of planning processes. It is especially important to coordinate public transport and land-use planning early, as attempts to adapt the development to the public transport in retrospect are likely to lead to poor solutions for […]

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Public transport and social sustainability in Malmö

Recently, several investments in public transport have been made to improve the communications to and from Rosengård. In 2014, a new BRT (bus rapid transit) system connecting Rosengård and Västra hamnen was established and in December 2018 a new train station was opened in Rosengård. This project studies with the help of focus groups how […]

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K2 – the Swedish knowledge centre for public transport

K2 is an applied research centre and a joint venture between three research organizations and the three metropolitan regions in Sweden; Stockholm County Administration, the Region of Skåne and the Region of Västra Götaland. The three research organizations are Malmö University, Lund University and VTI – the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. The […]

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Effects of Transit Accessibility – Empirical studies on equal opportunities in local and regional development

Urbanization poses great demands on the spatial development of societies. Not only are cities but also rural areas are affected by urbanization. In order for local and regional economies to develop, interaction and integration between people and firms is fundamental. Public transport can be a key element in enhancing a sustainable development at local and […]

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Public Transport Markets Beyond Contracts: Market Analysis, Public Service Obligations, Procurement and Commercial Initiatives

There is a vast research on procurement of public transport. However, previous research has primarily studied contract design, but not the non-contractual factors that shape the contracts and the functioning of a market. By drawing inspiration from New Economic Sociology and Organization Theory, this project will identify (i) why there are so few actors bidding […]

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