Research Unit

Mobility andInternational Cooperation

The Research Unit Mobility and International Cooperation develops implementation-oriented concepts, bringing together local demand, technical expertise, and policy advice with financing institutions.

It is embedded in European and international partnerships such as the CiViTAS Initiative, the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative and the urban mobility SOLUTIONS network, in which it plays an active role in supporting the take-up of sustainable urban mobility solutions. The Research Unit also closely cooperates with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on developing implementation concepts and action plans to deliver on the New Urban Agenda. In close cooperation with a network of over 100 international project partners, the Research Unit aims to close the implementation gap between applied research and policy action to foster sustainable urban development and mobility in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Thematic focus

The main thematic focus of the Research Unit lies on low-carbon mobility pathways, in particular in urban areas. A major aspect of the Research Unit's work is the assessment of policy and governance processes and institutions in Europe and in developing and emerging economies. Cities currently account for about 70 per cent of energy consumption and energy related greenhouse gas emissions. Urban mobility makes up a large part of this, particularly in developing and emerging economies. The integration of urban energy and transport sectors is a core element in the delivery on global climate change mitigation and sustainable development efforts. This is a vital objective of the New Urban Agenda and the Research Unit will aim to help bringing together climate action and urban mobility objectives by developing policy advice for urban and national governments.


The Research Unit will help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the NDCs in the context of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, building on an international partnership to support national and local governments in developing action plans and concrete implementation measures to boost low-carbon urban development and mobility. This work includes assessments of the political, technological, socio-economic and financial viability.

Theory of Change

The Research Unit currently works on projects in Europe as well as in developing and emerging economies, which include:

  • developing transformation policy pathways to decarbonise mobility and transport,
  • the evaluation and analysis of lessons learnt on policies, concepts, but also on processes of peer learning and participation, and identification of good practice,
  • testing the transferability on concrete concepts for low-carbon urban mobility solutions,
  • identifying appropriate funding solutions and facilitate dialogue with relevant funding agencies,
  • analysing the political and institutional framework and the facilitation of stakeholder dialogue to establish coalitions for the implementation of selected measures,
  • facilitate the exchange between local, regional, and national level policy makers to harmonise policy objectives and measures, 
  • upscaling at the national level with the establishment of national city-to-city cooperation networks,
  • global upscaling with an international platform to replicate the success in the European and emerging pilot countries.


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