Quotation Kammerlander, Moritz and Schanes, Karin and Hartwig, Franziska and Jäger, Jill and Omann, Ines and O’Keeffe, Michelle. 2015. A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe. European Journal of Futures Research 3 (8), 1-11.




A transformation of our current transport system and individual mobility behaviour is an essential pre-requisite for attaining a desirable future that enables a life within environmental boundaries (“safe operating space”) and higher well-being at the same time. Accordingly, this paper focuses on the potentials of a resource-saving, sustainable transport system with reduced, but still satisfactory, mobility. To achieve the vision of resource-efficiency in Europe, a new understanding of mobility is needed: “the mode of travel is the reward of the journey”, meaning that it is not about travelling fastest and frequently, but unhurried (easy-going), infrequently and sustainably. We describe a socially inclusive and innovative transport system that could achieve this vision and discuss the kinds of policy measures that would be required to implement it. Changes are required in many areas including values, preferences, infrastructure, technology, governance and the economy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Journal of Futures Research
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe
Volume 3
Number 8
Year 2015
Page from 1
Page to 11
Reviewed? Y
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40309-015-0065-x
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40309-015-0065-x


Schanes, Karin (Former researcher)
Omann, Ines (Former researcher)
Hartwig, Franziska (Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Austria)
Jäger, Jill (-, International Organisation)
Kammerlander, Moritz (Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Austria)
O’Keeffe, Michelle ( Institute for Sustainable ResourcesUniversity College London (UCL), United Kingdom)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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