Forschungskolleg ACCESS!


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In the first funding period, the Forschungskolleg ACCESS! answered the question "What kind of mobility will we afford in the future?". This involved an inter- and transdisciplinary analysis of actor requirements as well as an (ex-ante) evaluation of future-oriented technology (paths). The design of sustainable mobility systems, however, requires a long-term system transformation that goes beyond evaluation aspects. Therefore, infrastructural, market and behavioral barriers as well as path dependencies must be overcome. The implementation of new, actor-centered and demand-oriented technology and mobility concepts will serve this purpose.

The second funding phase of the Forschungskolleg "ACCESS! – Transformation Paths to Sustainable Mobility" will therefore consistently develop in the direction of an implementation orientation. In doing so, the previous analysis- and evaluation-oriented focus will serve as a starting point. The objective is to develop transformation paths for integrated technology and mobility concepts and sustainable mobility systems. This will lead to the derivation of concrete recommendations for action for society, politics, business and citizens. The Aachen city region including the Heinsberg district will serve as the study area. In addition, a stronger internationalization with a view to the Rhine-Meuse region is aimed at.

Over the project period from January 2021 to June 2024, the following institutes and chairs of RWTH Aachen University are involved under the leadership and coordination of the Chair of Operations Management:

In addition to the interdisciplinary focus, transdisciplinary work will again be pursued in cooperation with practice partners. From the beginning, the dissertation ideas of the different chairs will be classified into three hierarchical interdependent implementation levels, on which concrete transformation projects will be worked on in inter- and transdisciplinary teams:

  • Regional Mobility System: transforming the system optimally
  • Municipal Mobility Concepts: Develop demand-oriented concepts and activate stakeholders
  • Service-oriented Technology (Pathways): Thinking about technologies in an integrated and life-cycle-oriented way.

The work on TEER will mainly be located in the implementation level Regional Mobility System and will deal with the regional and sustainable generation and use of energy for mobility.

The Forschungskolleg is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia with a total of around 2.2 million euros over three and a half years.

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Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia