Cluster 4: Urban mobility transitions

Cluster 4 has a focus on mobility transitions such as micromobility, shared mobility and automation and its interplay with urban development, mobility and sustainability. NECTAR Cluster 4 encompasses theoretical and empirical research that focuses on analysis that increase the understanding of these linked topics, methodologically as well as for policy implications.

Cluster 4 Co-chairs

Alejandro Tirachini is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Twente and Universidad de Chile. His research interests cover several topics in traffic engineering, transport planning and transport economics, including the design, planning and optimisation of public transport systems, the sustainability, regulation and travel behaviour effects of emerging mobility technologies (e.g., shared mobility platforms and automation), and the analysis and modelling of transport externalities.

John Östh is senior lecturer at Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. His primary research interest is oriented towards Spatial Analysis and GIS, software development and quantitative analysis in population and economic geography with special focus on demography and migration, school choice and labour market opportunities, and more recently also the geography of human interaction on the Internet and through mobile phone usage. See for his personal website.

Cecília Silva is Assistant Professor with habilitation at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), and senior researcher at CITTA – the Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment. She is a Civil Engineer with specialization in Spatial Planning and Urban Mobility. Her main research fields include Accessibility Planning, Sustainable Mobility, Mobility Management, and Planning Support Instrument; research developed in close connection to local planning practice. She is mainly interested integrated land use and transport policies for human-scale cities. More information about her can be found here:

Olivier Bonin is a researcher in Geography at LVMT (IFSTTAR, ENPC and UPEM) in Marne-La-Vallée. He is an “Ingénieur des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts” and holds a PhD in Statistics. Mostly with theoretical and modelling approaches, he works on urban morphogenesis, energy and land planning and mobility behaviour. He is particularly interested in understanding and modelling individuals’ relation to space. He is deputy director of LVMT since 2013, and is also involved in Efficacity, a public-private research institute where he leads researches on socioeconomic appraisal of urban projects. See for an overview of his publications.

Cluster activities

  • Special Session at the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) congress in Jönköping, August 2010. Overall 18 papers were presented.
  • Special Session at the NECTAR XII International Conference at the Azores, May 2013. Overall 18 papers were presented.
  • Special Session at the 10th international world congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) in Thailand, May 2014. The congress was cancelled in the last minute due to a military coup.
  • NECTAR, Cluster 4 meeting Sigtuna Stocholm, 2014. Overall 13 papers were presented. The meeting was arranged by professor Kerstin Westin at the Umeå University
  • Cluster 4: Thematic Session “The Dynamics of Migration, Housing, and Labour Markets in Land Use
    and Travel Patterns”, 12th International NECTAR Conference, Ann Arbor, USA, 14-16 June 2015
  • NECTAR, Cluster 4 meeting in Toledo, Spain, 2016
  • Cluster 4 Thematic Session “Technology, mobility and migration”, 13th NECTAR international conference, May 31-June 2 2017, Madrid.
  • Cluster 4 Cluster Thematic session “Spatial interaction and regional developments”, 14th NECTAR international conference, June 5-7, 2019, University of Helsinki
  • Cluster 4 & 6 JCR Workshop on “Challenges for Transport and Accessibility Policy: New Data Sources and Mobility Options”, 1-2 October 2020, Seville
  • Cluster 4 Workshop on “Teleworking, commuting and the housing market in the post COVID19 era”, March 17-18 2022 in Marne-la-Vallée, France
  • Cluster 4 & 6 JCR Workshop on “Mobility and Accessibility after the Pandemic: Emerging Trends and Policy Challenges”,  5-7 October 2022, Seville, Spain
  • NECTAR Cluster 4 workshop on Active Micro-Mobility – Modeling Spatial Behaviour of Cyclists and Pedestrians, 16-17 March 2023, Lyon, France

See the publication page for publications organised by the cluster.