The development of mobility and transport is closely connected to manifold other change processes within society. For this reason, simple explanations for changes in mobility are generally only partly successful. More and more often though, the deficits of traditional explanations of mobility become evident, as other factors are examined and better understood. The global pressure to minimise transport’s contribution to climate change, has to be balanced within metropolitan regions with the local or regional challenge of how to still guarantee mobility for the necessary economic processes in the future. At the same time, this has to be done without jeopardizing the participation of certain social groups within the life of the city, and while also trying to minimize mobility’s negative ecological consequences at a local level. In order to meet these complex and multi-faceted demands, specific knowledge about the individual’s mobility behaviour is necessary. An understanding of mobility behaviour at an individual level has to be part of the quest to find efficient and socially acceptable solutions to important transport problems, which use demand-oriented instruments – often called mobility management.
In our working papers, „Arbeitspapiere zur Mobilitätsforschung“, we publish results of the research and studies at Goethe-University.