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Mobility Challenges in Emerging Cities
Many countries around the world are experiencing a dramatic growth in urban areas, both in terms of economic development and as physical expansion of housing areas, industries and transport systems. The development of the new emerging cities is often accompanied by a rapid motorisation. At the same time, many inhabitants are still dependent of non-motorised modes of transportation, a fact that creates new mobility challenges for decision-makers on all levels in the society. The FUT theme Mobility Challenges in Emerging Cities addresses these challenges, and covers research with a clear goal to improve the conditions for a sustainable, urban mobility. Certain attention is devoted to the task on how to provide access to affordable and safe transports in low-income areas, and at the same time lower negative environmental impacts.
Key words
Municipalities, low-income areas, motorisation, walking, pedestrian transports, bicycle transports, non-motorised transports, public transports

Research covered by the theme typically includes:
Institutional development & policy approaches
Local municipality development
Infrastructure development in low-income areas
Planning concepts and policy briefs for emerging cities

Infrastructure planning
NMT infrastructure improvement & development
Integration of NMT development within national plans and strategies

Analysis of non-motorised transports
NMT travel analysis
Pedestrian behaviour analysis
Assessment of freight movement by NMT

The role of public transports
Challenges for PT companies in emerging cities
Paratransit transports

Research organisations involved in this theme:
Publications within this theme:
Transport modeling for Nairobi metropolitan area
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Final Report

University/City Partnerships: Creating Policy Networks for Urban Transformation in Nairobi
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Traffic Impacts on PM2.5 Air Quality in Nairobi, Kenya
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Towards a Political Economy of Transportation Policy and Practice in Nairobi
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Paper

The Social Dimensions of Urban Travel in Nairobi, Kenya: Analysis, Insights, and Opportunities
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Policy Networks for Sustainable Transport and Land-use in Nairobi: Opportunities for Change
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Paper

Globalization and the Urban Studio: Evaluating an Inter-University Studio Collaboration in Nairobi
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Research article

Economic Fall-Out of Failing Urban Transport: An Institutional Analysis
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2011
Type: Book chapter

Transport and City Development: Understanding the Fundamentals
Research organisation: CoE London, UK
Year: 2011
Type: Book chapter

Improving Population Health in a Rapidly Urbanizing World
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2010
Type: Book chapter

The Organization and Future of the Matatu Industry in Nairobi, Kenya
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Nairobi Metropolitan Region: Networking the Sustainable African Metropolis: Issues, Visions, Concepts
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2010
Type: Report

Urban particulate matter, roadway emissions, sub-Saharan, Nairobi
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2010
Type: Research article

Regulating minibus-taxis: A critical review of progress and a possible way forward
Research organisation: CoE Cape Town, South Africa
Year: 2010
Type: Conference proceedings

In search of a framework for institutional coordination in the planning for public transport in sub-Saharan cities
Research organisation: Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Royal Instutue of Technology, Stockholm
Year: 2009
Type: Final Report

Land, urban form and the ecological footprint of transport
Research organisation: ITC/University of Twente, CEPT University
Year: 2009
Type: Final Report

Reinventing Healthy and Sustainable Communities: Reconnecting Public Health and Urban Planning
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2009
Type: Book chapter

Analysis of non-motorised travel conditions on the Jogoo road corridor in Nairobi
Research organisation: CoE Cape Town, South Africa
Year: 2009
Type: Paper

A University Partnership for Metropolitan Planning: Ruiru Kenya
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2008
Type: Book chapter

Residential location and travel in Hangzhou metropolitan area
Research organisation: Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research
Year: 2007
Type: Final Report

A handbook of socio-economic impact assessment of future urban transport projects
Research organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Year: 2007
Type: Final Report

Impacts of roadway emissions on urban particulate matter concentrations in sub-Saharan Africa: new evidence from Nairobi, Kenya
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2007
Type: Research article

The phenomenology of being a female pedestrian in an African and an Asian city: A qualitative investigation
Research organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Year: 2006
Type: Research article

A Gendered Perspective of the Shelter‐Transport‐Livelihood Link: The Case of Poor Women in Delhi
Research organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Year: 2006
Type: Research article

The 21st Century Health Challenge of Slums and Cities
Research organisation: CoE New York, USA
Year: 2005
Type: Research article

Safety as a human right
Research organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Year: 2003
Type: Research article

No ongoing call.

The earlier call dated 131221, Financing Urban Access, Research Director, is now closed for application and the review process is ongoing. 

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