ITEM is a trans-European urban research project which aims to ask questions about what an inclusive transition to electric mobility means.
Who is impacted?
Who creates knowledge and learns lessons?
Who makes policy and decisions and takes action?
Who has their voices heard and their needs recognised?
Using various concepts of social justice, research teams from the Adam Mickiewicz University and Heksagon in Poland, the Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands have identified three project objectives that each look at a different aspect of the transition to electric mobility.
To understand how the social and spatial benefits and use of electric mobility is distributed and recognised by households within each city, whether they use electric mobility or not;
To review how the different dimensions of justice are accounted for in the policies and decisions that govern the transition to electric mobility; and
To evaluate scenario planning as a means to inform and accelerate the inclusive transition to electric mobility.
Each objective informs one of the three work packages studying the transition to electric mobility in Bristol, Oslo, Poznan, and Utrect.
ITEM Work Packages
Work Package 1: Household Perspective
The first work package combines quantitative data on the distribution of electric mobility options and qualitative interviews to understand the needs, capabilities, practices and decision-making of individuals and households, and accessibility outcomes.
Work Package 2: The Policy Perspective
The second work package reviews policy documents and holds workshops and interviews with policy-makers and stakeholders in each of the four cities to develop a more comprehensive understanding of social justice in electric mobility.
Work Package 3: Scenario Planning
The third work package develops scenarios for Oslo and Poznan, as the cities with the most and least progress in advancing electric mobility, in order to identify how a more inclusive and accelerated transition might be achieved.