Symposium The psychology of sustainable mobility

By News Editor / Updated: 15 Oct 2014
Monday 26 September 2011 at 01:01
Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 01:01
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Language: English
Past event
Organizing the way we travel in a more sustainable way will be the key challenge in transport for the near future. At the moment there is a trend in transport from the design of transport means towards the provision of access to activities and destinations. This perspective changes the definition of transportation problems, the influencing factors as well as the types of solutions that are considered. However, it requires a sound understanding of people’s travel behaviour. Psychology offers concepts, theoretical approaches and practical interventions to describe, to explain and to change individual travel behaviour. Psychological expertise could contribute to a great extent to the development of a sustainable transport system providing access to activities and destinations for all.

Psychologists with their main focus on sustainable mobility are usually spread across different institutions and working together with other disciplines such engineers, economists, natural scientists etc. However, for their own development and the development of the “Psychology of Sustainable Mobility” it is important to
have a forum for an exchange, discussions and networking possibilities. At the 9th Biennal Conference on Environmental Psychology in Eindhoven we offer such a forum with a symposium dedicated to the “Psychology of Sustainable Mobility”. Therefore, we invite all psychologists to submit contributions to the symposium at the conference. Collaborations with other disciplines are welcome. The range of topics includes but is not limited to:

  • Concepts and theories of travel behaviour (e.g. habits, activities)
  • Travel demand management (e.g. transport pricing policies)
  • Connection between mobility and environmental affordances
  • Mobility management (e.g. mobility consulting, mobility centres)
  • Mobility and traffic safety (e.g. impact of modal split on traffic safety)
  • Smart/Soft measures (mobility information, - training and -persuasion)
  • Evaluation of interventions (e.g. E-mobility)
  • Target group approaches (e.g. transport policy packaging, life events).

Following the symposium a special issue is planned where selected papers will be published.

Katrin Dziekan
Berlin Institute of Technology
Department of Land and Sea
Transport Systems
Chair of Integrated Transport Planning
Berlin, Germany

Tina Gehlert
German Insurance Association
Accident Research Department
Traffic Behaviour and Traffic
Psychology Research Group
Berlin, Germany

Tommy Gärling
Cognitive, Motivational and Social
Psychology Unit
Department of Psychology
University of Gothenburg
Haraldsgatan 1, Göteborg, Sweden