A Social Sciences and Humanities research agenda for transport and mobility in Europe: key themes and 100 research questions

Marianne Ryghaug, Ivana Subotički, Emilia Smeds, Timo von Wirth, Aline Scherrer, Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison, Luca Bertolini, Eda Beyazit İnce, Ralf Brand, Galit Cohen-Blankshtain, Marc Dijk, Marlene Freudendal Pedersen, Stephan Gössling, Robert Guzik, Paula Kivimaa, Christian Klöckner, Hristina Lazarova Nikolova, Aleksandra Lis, Oriol MarquetDimitris Milakis, Milos Mladenović, Gijs Mom, Caroline Mullen, Nathalie Ortar, Pucci Paola, Catarina Sales Oliveira, Tim Schwanen, Tauri Tuvikene, Alexander Wentland

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Transport and mobility systems need to be transformed to meet climate change goals and reduce negative environmental and social effects. Despite EU policies having targeted such problems for more than three decades, transitions have been slow and geographically uneven. For effective change to happen, transport and mobility research needs fresh perspectives and better integration of knowledge from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Based on a Horizon Scanning approach, which allowed for a great deal of openness and variety in scholarly viewpoints, this paper presents a novel research agenda consisting of 8 themes and 100 research questions that may contribute to achieving environmentally sustainable mobility transitions within Europe. This research agenda highlights the need to not only support technological solutions for low-carbon mobility, but the importance of transformative policies that include new processes of knowledge production, civic participation and epistemic justice. We contend that the agenda points to the need for further research on the dynamics of science-society interactions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)755-779
Number of pages25
JournalTransport Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023


  • Transport policy
  • funding
  • horizon scan
  • research agenda
  • sustainable mobility

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation


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