Research Plan

The i-Prism project will gain insights into some key aspects of innovative transport pricing through multidisciplinary academic research that focuses both on identifying and understanding relevant behaviour, mechanisms and interactions; and on deriving policy implications from this. These key aspects include:
• Implementation issues
• Interactions between transport and its (urban) surroundings
• Interactions between transport pricing and other policy instruments
• Institutional and governance aspects
• Behavioural responses (from individual road users, but also from governments and other stakeholders)
• Acceptability of transport pricing policies

The project consists of four interlinked research projects, each based in a different discipline:
1. Implementation of transport pricing: an economic perspective (VU)
2. Transport pricing: a multi-modal dynamic network perspective (TUD-T&P)
3. Acceptability of transport pricing: a psychological perspective (RuG)
4. Implementation of transport pricing: vehicle technology, governance, and institutional transition (TU-TBM)

Five multidisciplinary sub-studies will be carried out in the project:
 A. Multi-modal networks (TUD-T&P, VU)
 B. Multiple operators: multiple governments and private operators (VU, TUD-T&P, RuG, TUD-TBM)
 C. Institutional acceptability and transition (TUD-TBM, RuG)
 D. Spatial markets (VU, TUD-T&P)
 E. Behavioural effects and acceptability in pricing experiments (RuG, VU, TUD-T&P, TUD-TBM)

The table below provides an overview of the interrelations between these sub-projects (in columns) and identifies the multidisciplinary sub-studies (in rows) that will be carried out in the project. Apart from these, each sub-project will also entail at least one monodisciplinary sub-study.

1. VU2. TUD-T&P3. RuG4. TUD-TBM
                                     Monodisciplinary studiesxxxx
Multidisciplinary Studies
A. Multi-modal networksxx

B. Multiple operators: multiple governments
and private operators

xxxx
C. Institutional acceptability and transitionxx
D. Spatial marketsxx
E. Behavioural effects and acceptability
in pricing experiments
xxxx

 

Four interlinked research projects 

Multidisciplinary studies