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Successful Freiburg2016 workshop on Desirable Transport Futures

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ropeways, academic mobility, post-car worlds, and much more. A wide range of high-quality papers were presented around the theme ‘Desirable Transport Futures’ at the 3rd international workshop in the Black Forest (28 June - 1 July 2016), co-organised by the CSTT.
Like in previous editions, presenters included renowned tourism researchers such as C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling, James Higham, and of course CSTT’s Paul Peeters. But this time the approach was more interdisciplinary, with researchers from well-known institutes like the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) of the University of Oxford, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) providing valuable new insight on topics such as new transport technologies, alternative forms of mobility, and consumer behaviour.

This was the third international workshop in the Black Forest, following the first (2012) on ‘Psychological and behavioural factors in understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility’ and the second (2014) on ‘The psychology of governing sustainable tourism mobility: Bridging the science-policy gap’. Drawing on the outcomes of the workshops hosted in 2012 and 2014 and the wider scientific literature, that there is now considerable evidence that voluntary changes in transport behaviour are difficult to achieve, the 2016 workshop consequently focused on desirable transport futures. That is, visions of desirable sustainable transport systems that have the potential to be actively taken up by wide cross-sections of society. Hence, the main aim of this workshop was to seek inter-disciplinary approaches to transitioning the tourism and transport sectors to a sustainable emissions path.

The previous editions resulted in an edited Routledge volume and two special issues in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. The Freiburg workshop was organised and sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport (NHTV Breda University, The Netherlands), the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (University of Surrey, UK), the Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism (Western Norway Research Institute), the Department of Tourism (University of Otago, New Zealand), and Linnaeus University (Sweden). Main organiser of this edition was Eke Eijgelaar (CSTT). More information, including the programme, can be found on the conference page.