15.07.2021

We officially started

-Press release-

 

Mobility Hub in Vienna (WienMobil station Simminger Platz).

Photo by: Yusak Susilo

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Project: SmartHubs - Smart Mobility Hubs as Game Changers in Transport

 

Duration: 5/2021-4/2024

Smart Mobility Hubs as Game Changers in Transport

Can mobility hubs, on-street locations offering a variety of shared mobility options such as electric bicycles and cars, contribute to inclusive and sustainable urban mobility? This is examined in the 3-year project SmartHubs which started in May 2021 and will run until April 2024.

 

The project is one of 15 international projects from the JPI ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity call funded by 23 national funding agencies from 16 countries in Europe. The SmartHubs project is coordinated by Prof. Karst Geurs from the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, at the University of Twente, with a budget of 2 million Euros.

SmartHubs will examine if mobility hubs can be a game changer towards inclusive and sustainable urban mobility.  Will mobility hubs improve cycling and public transport and reduce car use? Will they promote better access to shared mobility like e-scooters, car-sharing and bike-sharing? SmartHubs will take a people-first approach and test novel participatory and impact assessment tools including technologies such as augmented reality combining the real and online world as well as participatory planning and evaluation approaches involving all stakeholders and especially vulnerable-to-exclusion persons.

The research will be conducted in Living Labs in the Rotterdam-the Hague metropolitan region, Brussels, Munich, Vienna and Istanbul.

  • The focus of the living lab in Vienna is on designing a citywide mobility hub network through co-creation processes. This Living Lab provides a unique flexibility in (re-)designing user-centric mobility hubs and provides room to experiment on the design level of SmartHubs.

  • The focus of the living lab in Brussels is on the co-creation of the first neighbourhood-level prototype mobility hub with key stakeholders (citizens, businesses, transport operators, municipalities, etc.) in Anderlecht.

  • The focus of the living lab in Rotterdam-The Hague is on the digital and physical integration with public transport.

  • The focus of the living lab in Munich is on integrated passenger and freight transport (city logistics) mobility hubs.

  • The focus of the living lab in Istanbul is on mobility hubs in unplanned and growing urban developments in an emerging economy.

Mobility Hub in Vienna (WienMobil station Simminger Platz).

Photo by: Yusak Susilo

Role

The MOBI Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is looking for a doctoral researcher who will contribute to interdisciplinary research in the domains of transport, sustainability and socio-economic assessment. The goal is to complete a PhD based on the different research projects in which the researcher will have been involved. The candidate will contribute to the ongoing JPI Urban Europe research project Smart Mobility Hubs as Game Changers in Transport (Smarthubs) that examines mobility hubs, dedicated on-street locations where citizens can choose from different shared and sustainable mobility options. The main objective is to assess if a co-designed, usercentric development can enable mobility hubs to act as a game changer towards inclusive sustainable urban mobility and accessibility. In the living lab in Anderlecht (Brussels Region), the project will demonstrate the Smarthubs cocreation process for mobility hubs and appraise the feasibility and potential impact of such mobility hubs and co-create the first neighbourhood-level prototype mobility hub with key stakeholders (citizens, businesses, transport operators, municipalities, etc.) with specific focus on vulnerable-to-exclusion persons (ethnic minorities, low-income, low-educated) as well as digital inclusion.

Tasks

• The candidate will carry out academic research in the domains of mobility and socio-economic assessment.

• She/he will contribute to the implementation of the Smarthubs living lab in Anderlecht by organising and implementing the co-creation process, liaising with local stakeholders and citizens through interviews and workshops.

• She/he will contribute to other Smarthubs tasks such as the development of key performance indicators, a co-creation approach and policy recommendations.

• She/he will assist the project manager (senior researcher and the team leader) in project management activities such as project reporting, organisation of workshops and conferences.

• She/he will write research reports and valorise research results in popular and academic publications.

• She/he will present research results at workshops and conferences.

• She/he will contribute to public dissemination activities.

• She/he will supervise master thesis students.

10.07.2021

 Vacancy for a PhD researcher (100%)

Research Centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium

Profile

Essential:

• A Master’s Degree in Transportation, Transport Planning, Urban planning, Urban studies, Economics, Geography, Management, Commercial engineer (Handelsingenieur), Political science, Sustainable Development, Sociology or related discipline.

• Interest in mobility and socio-economic assessments

• Strong oral and written communication skills in English and French.

• The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of partners.

• Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.

• Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Office applications

Additionally valued:

• Good qualitative research skills

• Knowledge of SPSS and GIS software

• Good knowledge of Dutch is an advantage.

Starting date: 1 September 2021

How to apply?

Please submit

• a CV with contact details of two references;

• a short cover letter (max 500 words) expressing your specific interest in working at MOBI and pursuing a PhD;

• a sample of a publication or report in English that you had substantial contribution to (e.g. Master’s thesis).

Deadline for applications: 28/07/2021

Candidates that have not yet acquired their Master’s degree can apply and participate in the selection procedure, but need to offer proof of registration in their Masters programme and need to have complied with all diploma requirements before starting their position at VUB-MOBI.

For more information please contact:


Prof. Dr. Imre Keseru, deputy co-director


email: Imre.Keseru@vub.be