Mobility and Infrastructure Planning

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Mobility and Infrastructure Planning
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Mobility and Infrastructure Planning
Leerdoelen ● Explain mobility trends, developments and mobility behaviour from an (inter)national and interdisciplinary perspective.
● Describe the development of infrastructure (transport) networks in relation to mobility trends from the physical and institutional perspectives.
● Assess a mobility and infrastructure planning issue utilising a mobility, network and accessibility analysis.
● Develop policies and development strategies within an international team to solve mobility problems and optimise the transport network.
● Present and discuss these strategies (in written text) to a diverse audience of specialists.

Students are aware of:
● Relevant career prospects in the field of mobility and infrastructure planning.
Omschrijving This course is divided into two blocks: (1) the understanding and measuring of mobility and network developments; (2) the development of policies
and instruments to support sustainable mobility and infrastructure planning.

Block 1: Mobility is the total result of millions of individual decisions regarding travel. Which factors influence these individual decisions? Theories and concepts that can explain our mobility choices from the fields of economics, psychology and geography will be discussed.
Departing from the individual level, we focus on the macro levels and delve into mobility trends and the interaction between land use and mobility. These developments on the macro level lead to development and adjustments of the (transport) infrastructure networks: predominantly highways, waterways and railways. Through the use of network theory, guest lectures and real examples, students will learn how networks emerge and grow and how network development can be characterized and influenced.

Traffic models use mobility data to gain insight in future transport issues. The student will gain knowledge of the fundamental principles of traffic models and the use of those models in planning practice (including its possibilities and limitations). The concept of accessibility is unraveled. Students will execute a network analysis with ArcGIS to measure the accessibility of activity locations of different population groups.

Block 2: In the second block the focus shifts from understanding mobility, accessibility and infrastructure issues towards policy strategies to deal with these issues. Technical, financial, behavioral and spatial policies will be discussed targeting at private car use, public transit, walking and cycling. The course discusses policies under the umbrella of the sustainable mobility paradigm and the Transport Land-Use Feedback Cycle.

Students will work on a group assignment that step-wise builds up to Groningen as a ten-minutes city: all daily facilities accessible within 10 minutes to anticipate population growth and support sustainable mobility.
The group assignment will consist of a problem analysis utilising mobility, network and accessibility analysis (block 1). Where possible, students will conduct fieldwork for the given case, and execute a network analysis of the infrastructure network using ArcGIS Pro. Based on a theoretical interpretation of the above analyses (block 1), students will then develop appropriate policy strategies (block 2).

Each week, the course programme evolves around one specific topic.

The following topics are part of the course programme:
Block 1
(1) Explaining mobility drivers
(2) Transport modelling
(3) Measuring accessibility
(4) Understanding networks

Block 2
(5) Unpacking transport policy
(6) Technological and financial policy strategies
(7) Land-use policy strategies
(8) Behavioural policy strategies

The student’s work will be assessed by the group assignment, two digital tests (block 1 &2) and the student led activity. Students can participate in literature reviews by doing perusall assignments on a voluntary basis.

Basic knowledge of ArcGIS Pro is recommended.

The course will be taught on-campus. Changing COVID circumstances can result in alterations in the teaching format and methods.
Uren per week 6
Onderwijsvorm Computer practicals, Guest lectures, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments, Individual assignments, Interim test with multiple choice questions digital, Interim test with open questions digital, Oral presentation
(and Perusall)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. F. Niekerk
Docent(en) dr. T. Busscher ,dr. F. Niekerk ,Dr. S. Ramezani ,dr. ir. S.G. Weitkamp
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selection of chapters: The transport system and transport policy: an introduction. Edward Elgar. Available as e-book via Wee, B. van, J.A. Annema, D. Banister eds. (2013) 9781781952047 ca. €  45,00
Additional articles.
Opmerkingen The maximum number of students in this course is 140.
If this course is fully booked in progress and you are placed on the waiting list, please choose another optional course!
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I a keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 2 semester I a verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning) - semester I a verplicht