Will electric mobility be inclusive, equitable, and fair?
The transition towards electric urban mobility is in full swing across Europe, championed by governments, accelerated by the environmental decarbonisation agenda, and embraced by industry as an economic opportunity. City-level ambitions are high, with a strong focus on speed of change and efficiency in light of restricted resources. Less is known about the social justice dimensions of these changes and how they will influence electric mobility ambitions across urban communities.
ITEM reviews three social justice aspects of the transition to electric mobility using a multi-perspective and mixed methods approach to compare four medium-sized cities across Europe at different stages of electric mobility adoption.
Three Pillars of Justice
How do decisions, policies, actions or changes influence who benefits from access, and opportunities and who faces risks, costs, and impacts?
How inclusive and participatory is decision-making and governance in terms of identifying problems and solutions, making or implementing policy?
Are the various needs, values, abilities, knowledge and practices of different groups involved in or affected by policy change acknowledge and respected?