Mobility and Infrastructure Planning

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2019/20
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 behaviours 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 and verbal presentations) 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 resolve mobility issues.

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 statistics and data to gain insight in future transport issues. The student will gain knowledge of the fundamental principles of traffic models, the use of those models in planning practice (including its possibilities and limitations), and how to collect and measure mobility statistics. Students will practice with
mobility dataset and use statistic programs (SPSS) and the Remix Network Design Tool, provided by the Public Transit Office Groningen - Drenthe. In addition, the concept of accessibility is discussed and how to measure this through indicators.

Block 2: In the second block the focus shifts from understanding mobility, accessibility and infrastructure issues towards policy strategies to deal with these issues. Policy development, strategies and implementation will be discussed on the basis of contemporary theoretical insights. More specifically the course discusses policies under the umbrella of the sustainable mobility paradigm. In addition, policy development and action is also reflected upon using ‘Transport Land-Use Feedback Cycle’.

Students will work on a group assignment related to an emerging mobility problem. The group assignment will consist of a problem analysis of a specific case, utilising mobility, network and accessibility analysis (block 1). Students will conduct fieldwork for the given case, a statistical analysis on the basis of individual mobility data and a network analysis of the infrastructure network. 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. For each topic, the following activities take place:
• review and discussion of (theoretical) literature in class;
• knowledge sharing with experts and practitioners on this topic;
• student led activity in flipped class room format;
• group assignment work.

The following topics are part of the course programme:
(1) Mobility trends and drivers;
(2) Understanding networks;
(3) Modelling and measuring mobility and accessibility;
(4) Mobility and spatial development;
(5) Changing mobility preferences: soft mobility policy measures
(6) Mobility as a Service: technological innovation in policy
(7) Spatial Design to strengthen sustainable modes
(8) Infrastructure management

The student’s work will be assessed by the use of Perusall, the group assignment, two digital tests (block 1 &2) and the student led activity.

Basic knowledge of SPSS (course Statistics 1) is required.

The last block will close with a field trip. Attendance is compulsory for the knowledge sharing sessions with external experts, the field trip and the student led activities.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Computer practicals, Excursions, Guest lectures, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group 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. F. Bahrami ,dr. T. Busscher ,dr. F. Niekerk ,dr. V.A. Venhorst
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
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. €  44,00
Additional articles.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning) 3 semester I a keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 2 semester I a verplicht
Pre-MSc-programmes FSS  (Pre-MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning) - semester I a verplicht