As a cultural and political initiative, REBALANCE’s overall aim is to conduct an open, deliberative, forward-looking exercise towards a transformative transport policy strategy in favour of a paradigm shift in mobility, pushing for the more effective adoption of cultural and social values that are not yet fully considered, better aligned with SDGs and mounting concerns about climate change. The critical review of the present in the light of the recent COVID19 pandemic, which drastically affected our lifestyles, the vision for the future and the roadmap to achieve it, will be embedded in a Manifesto with the aim of stimulating European policymakers to adopt concrete legal and political measures while moving the wider European communities towards radical change.
REBALANCE research explores how transport planning is becoming more sensitive to human needs, beyond productivism and efficiency. Transporting people is not the same as transporting freight, water, energy or information. Transport is not just about transporting as many people as possible as fast and cheap and safe as possible from one place to another, regardless of the path in between. Mobility is not just derived demand that should reduce negative environmental externalities by getting prices right. Mobility is a personal experience full of meaning. It is in stations, and sidewalks, in buses and trams, where people from different origins and income-levels live together for a while. In well developed cities, transport planning is not just about saving time, it is a matter of conviviality, and public health. Private cars were symbols of freedom and personal status, and wealth, years ago. Public spaces and public transport facilities are now becoming a symbol of the kind of city we wish to live in, how diverse, vibrant and inclusive, and healthy it should be.
The REBALANCE Work Plan
The Rebalance consortium consists of 6 partners:
Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (I.S.I.S) – Project Coordinator, Leader of WP1 & WP4
The Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems is an independent Italian research institute supporting international, national and local public bodies for the analysis, the design, the implementation and the evaluation of sustainable policies in the fields of energy, environment, transport and mobility, urban planning, and knowledge society.
Ersilia Foundation – Leader of WP2
ERSILIA Foundation is a private non-profit institution focusing on both the development of advanced educational resources and the promotion of activities in favour of innovation in education. More specifically: Encouraging knowledge alliance between businesses, universities, and research centres. Sharing the knowledge acquired in R+D projects and make educational resources freely accessible through the internet. Promoting inter/transdisciplinary learning and research, enabling the inclusion of stakeholders in defining research objectives and strategies in order to better incorporate the diffusion of learning produced by the research. Lastly, facilitating the dissemination and communication of scientific, technological and humanistic knowledge, in all its manifestations.
Dresden University of Technology – Leader of WP3
The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an ‘excellence university’. TUD has about 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them over 500 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research and provides first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. Having been committed to sciences and engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, organized in 14 faculties under the roof of 5 schools, making it one of a very few in Germany. As a “synergetic university” TU Dresden closely cooperates with external research institutions, cultural, industrial and social organisations.
Gustave Eiffel University – Leader of WP5
Created in January 1st, 2020, Université Gustave Eiffel (UNIV EIFFEL) is a unique, pioneering university made out of six existing bodies covering multidisciplinary thematic to address the continuous transformation of cities. From social sciences to nanotechnologies, it brings in movement the educational, research and economic environment toward the development of smart, resilient and resource-efficient cities of tomorrow. It is composed of a research institution, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and networks (former IFSTTAR), a multidisciplinary university, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (former UPEM), a school of architecture, Ecole d’Architecture Ville & Territoire de Marne la Vallée (EAV&T) and three graduate schools in Engineering: ESIEE Paris, ENSG-Geomatics and the Engineering School of the City of Paris (EIVP).
University of Žilina
UNIZA- the University of Žilina is one of the most significant educational institutions in the Central European region. It has a long tradition going back to 1953, with focus on technical studies. At present, there are about 8,000 students being educated in 184 accredited fields of study in all forms and degrees of university studies at UNIZA. University is divided into 7 faculties (among others Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Faculty of Management Science and Informatics) and 2 research centres (University Science Park and University Research Centre), mostly concerned with transportation research and information and communication systems and education.
Osborne Clarke – Legal Expertise
Osborne Clarke is a multinational law firm founded in 1748, with offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the United States. Osborne Clarke advises in 26 countries and their legal experts are recognized thought leaders at the intersection of the law and technology across sectors. With an international network of over 900 lawyers with several dedicated Transport & Automotive teams in Europe, the team at Osborne Clarke has strong relations with the private sector, EU regulators, investment bodies and academic institutions.