Smart Mobility Suburbs (SMS) is a multi- and trans-disciplinary project that addresses the conditions for transition towards energy-smart mobility in suburban centres. It focuses on two types of under-addressed innovations: i) innovations in mobility practices and ii) innovations in collaborative and multi-scalar governance to enable low-energy smart cities/micro-cities.
The project focuses on two types of under-addressed innovations:
i) innovations in mobility practices and
ii) innovations in collaborative and multi-scalar governance to enable low-energy smart cities/micro-cities.
Empirically, SMS studies the networks (cross-scale institutions) and markets and regulatory systems involved in the implementation of Oslo´s climate and energy strategy The Green Shift and similar policies of neighbouring municipalities and suburban towns (with local micro-city cases: Lillestrøm, Ski, Fornebu/Bærum).
The project asks how regional, municipal and suburban governance and planning organise and regulate sustainable mobility practices within selected micro-cities in sub-urban areas of the city region through a combination of hierarchical, market and network measures.
A very limited research has so far been done on smart city development focusing on collaborative governance, markets, networks and cross-scale institutional challenges between city regional and local scales.
The project will provide new knowledge about which organisational, regulatory and market challenges can realize smart energy systems, cities and towns, as requested in the call. The project utilises mixed quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate energy-smart mobility practices and innovations in governance (including surveys, interviews, policy and institutional analysis).