New Research Project at the Department of Spatial Economics: U-PASS

A large research grant has been awarded in the NSFC JPI Urban Europe programme: U-PASS (Urban Public Administration and ServiceS innovation for Innovative Urban Mobility Management and Policy.

02/06/2019 | 11:16 AM

A consortium led by Erik Verhoef will bring together researchers from VU Spatial Economics, Leeds University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, and the Beijing Transport Research Institute. Motivated by the world-wide shared desire and need for more efficient, reliable and environmentally sustainable urban transport, the U-PASS project will investigate how to achieve this through new policies and services. We conduct real experiments and build models, both in China and in Europe, and integrate the two approaches. We focus on policies and services such as tradable credits schemes, automated vehicles, electric driving, ride sharing, car sharing, and cycling. The approach enables us to learn more by exploiting differences in modelling approaches, cultural backgrounds, local conditions, and research expertise. The project will last for four years, and starts on March 1, 2019.