U-SMILE

Urban Smart Measures and Incentives for quality of Life Enhancement

      
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Accessibility and sustainability are important conditions for vital and resilient cities, but are under pressure especially in urban areas. Congestion, local air quality, parking; these are different challenges that, however, have in common that effective solutions require behavioural change in addition to technological innovation. This project aims to develop, test and evaluate “smart” measures to affect behaviour. The measures are smart in the first place because they offer an innovative mix of negative and positive financial incentives, thus bypassing some of the main disadvantages of pricing (notably a very limited acceptability) and of rewarding (in particular limited budgets and induced demand). The measures are also smart because they have a highly innovative technological character, not only from the conceptual viewpoint (e.g. tradable driving permits) but also from the technological perspective (e.g. linking real time automated vehicle identification to virtual market environments). These smart measures will be studied from a multidisciplinary perspective, where forces are joined among economists, psychologists, traffic engineers and policy analysts, and will be evaluated from the perspectives of effectiveness, acceptability, and efficiency - paying attention to key urban challenges such as accessibility and environmental quality. The project has a very strong rooting in the urban reality as the case studies are undertaken jointly with Amsterdam Zuidas, Rotterdam, Groningen, and the Amsterdam ArenA area.


ACADEMIC PARTNERS

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dept. of Spatial Economics:
Prof. dr. Erik Verhoef (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Paul Koster
Dr. Jasper Knockaert
Postdoc: Yue Bao (as per 1 May, 2017) 

University of Groningen, Dept. of Social Psychology: 
Prof. dr. Linda Steg       
Dr. Ellen van der Werff
PhD Student: Nadja Zeiske

TU Delft, Section Transport and Planning: 
Prof. dr. Hans van Lint        
Dr. Victor Knoop
PhD Student: Boudewijn Zwaal

TU Delft, Section Transport and Logistics, TU Delft: 
Prof. dr. Bert van Wee
Dr. Eric Molin       
PhD Student: Lizet Krabbenborg

University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, Urban Technology Research Programme:
Dr. Robert van den Hoed       
Jolanda Tetteroo
Jan Dam
Milan Tanis
    

EXTERNAL PARTNERS

Amsterdam Zuidas / Zuidasdok:
Finn van Leeuwen
Marian Robben
Niels van den Brink
Bertjan de Boer

RWS:
Leontien Gorter

Groningen:
Ingrid Bolhuis
Thomas Faber
Judith Wilke
Mirjam Wagter

Rotterdam:       
Ewout Spit - read interview on "Spitsrijders bewust maken van keuzemogelijkheden" (2016, www.verdus.nl, in Dutch)
Hans Stevens

Amsterdam-Arena:
Maurits van Höwell

Gemeente Amsterdam:
Art van der Giessen
Carla van der Linden


PROJECT MANAGER & CONTACT PERSON:

Hadewijch van Delft

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
+31-20-5982191

PUBLICATIONS

Verhoef, E.T. (2017), Managing congestion with tradable permits: The best of both worlds?, blog on www.spatialeconomics.nl

START OF THE PROJECT: 1 April, 2016

EXPECTED END OF THE PROJECT: 1 August, 2020

STATE OF AFFAIRS - MARCH, 2017 (in Dutch)


ABOUT U-SMILE


U-SMILE is a SURF (Smart Urban Regions of the Future) project, which is part of VerDuS (Verbinden van Duurzame Steden - Connecting Sustainable Cities). Within this knowledge initiative, scientific researchers work together with professionals to develop knowledge that helps address issues relating, for example, to urbanisation, the environment, mobility and transport. VerDuS is an initiative of NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Nicis Institute (now Platform 31 – a fusion of KEI, Nicis Institute, Nirov and SEV) and various Dutch ministries.

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