Current Projects:

Act Now. Active Mobility Alliance (ActNow)

In addition to taking into account ecological and economic aspects of sustainable, active mobility, the health effects of actively travelling to work for employees in companies form the core of ActNow. Building on the GISMO project and other research results from MdZ, ActNow aims to demonstrate the full potential of active mobility in the context of commuting to work and the associated everyday routes, in particular those that accompany children, and to realise this in the test area of Salzburg and Upper Austria as well as in individual large companies throughout Austria. The application of evidence-based planning methods and planning tools is another integrative component of the project. An intersectoral policy board will accompany the ActNow project.

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Sustainable mobility behaviour from niche to norm - Transport (NTN-Verkehr)

The NTN project addresses the question of how sustainable mobility behaviour - walking, cycling and the use of public transport - can be established as the norm in everyday practice. NTN promotes the understanding of existing mobility practices, explores possible transformation paths from niche to norm and uses these findings in a co-design process with politics, administration, interest groups and citizens. Three Lower Austrian cities - Korneuburg, Stockerau and Fischamend - are used as case studies. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used to investigate how sustainable mobility behaviour can be initiated and controlled. In accordance with the Lower Austrian Mobility Concept 2030, the aim is to promote sustainable mobility in the cities and to achieve a shift in the modal split from private motorised transport to environmental transport in the medium term.

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APCC Special Report on tourism, large culture and sport events and climate change (APCC SR Tourism)

Many studies showed the vulnerability of Austria`s tourism to climate change, possible economic impacts, risks and opportunities. However tourism itself contributes substantially to climate change. Given the importance for the economy, a specific, carfully reviewed assessment is needed. The purpose of the Special Report on Tourism is to summarise and assess the state of knowledge of all aspects of this topic based on and open to contributions by the full community of Austrian researchers and related experts.

Participatory Value Evaluation: a novel assessment process for transport policies aiming at climate change mitigation (aPPRAISE)

In response to the still increasing GHG emissions from road transport in Austria, we propose the use of Participatory Value Evaluation (PVE) to assess climate change mitigation policies in the transport sector. This novel assessment model allows for the quantitative inclusion of social considerations and governmental aspects in economic policy analysis and hence has the potential to increase the social acceptance of sustainable transport policies.

Suitability of personalized mobility management measures to support sustainable and active mobility forms of new residents of the Seestadt Aspern.

In the spring and summer 2015, a personalized mobility campaign called SWITCH was performed in all of Vienna. Within this campaign, nearly 1.000 people, among which 160 were Seestadt residents, received a personalized mobility consultancy and tailored information. The participants’ change in mobility behavior and the attitudes towards car-less mobility were assessed by means of a before/after survey. The results were then compared with a control group of people not part-taking in the campaign. The results show that active participants in the SWITCH campaign traveled more actively afterward: the number of monthly trips on foot increased by 4% and their trips by bike increased by 12%. At the same time, their trips by car reduced by 4%. The behavior of the control group, on the other hand, displayed a reduction of trips on foot by 5% and an increase in car trips by 12%. Moreover, the participants felt far more informed about the overall topic of active mobility and the individual and societal benefits it comes with than the control group did.

A similar campaign, tailored to specific local challenges, is a suitable measure to address the newly expected residents of the so-called Seestadt. They are expected to move in during the next two large settlement waves (2019 to mid-2020: “Seepark Quartier”, mid-2020 to 2021: “Quartier am Seebogen”). The goal is to approach these new residents early on in order to depict alternatives to the car available in the Seestadt. Furthermore, the campaign aims to increase the appreciation of traffic-and parking-free public spaces used for various forms of neighborhood activities and cooperation.

The personalized mobility campaign in the “Seestadt” pursues the following objectives:

  • Communicating the mobility concept and alternatives to the car within the Seestadt
  • Motivating new residents to use active, healthy and safe forms of mobility as well as public transport
  • Increasing the acceptance and appreciation of traffic-free or traffic-reduced public spaces
  • Stimulating processes of community building among both old and new residents of the Seestadt and their respective neighborhoods.