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Desirable transport futures
Third international workshop in the Black Forest of Freiburg, Germany

28th June – 1st of July 2016

was proudly organised by
Linnaeus University, NHTV Breda UAS, University of Otago, University of Surrey, and Western Norway Research Institute

The 2016 workshop in Germany’s Black Forest 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. A starting point for this is the analysis of sustainable transport transitions that are now underway, and the analysis of the structural, political, institutional and social/psychological factors underlying those transitions.

This approach follows on the outcomes of the workshops hosted in 2012 and 2014 and the wider scientific literature, showing there is now considerable evidence that voluntary changes in transport behaviour are difficult to achieve.
Before entertaining alternatives to the current unsustainable transport system, it is essential to know what desirable transport futures may look like. The Desirable transport futures workshop seeked to accommodate a wide range of perspectives on what might be considered 'desirable' mobility. The critical analysis of mobility transitions, including barriers confronting the achievement of desirable transport futures, were contributions that added value to the workshop. The main aim of the 2016 workshop was to seek inter-disciplinary approaches to transitioning the tourism and transport sectors to a sustainable emissions path. Insights from across the social and natural sciences were very much encouraged.

The programme consisted of multi-disciplinary sessions and discussions in plenum about the following topics:
  • Desired futures and Destination transport futures
  • Advocacy- and participatory-based approaches
  • Urban mobility transitions
  • Issues of equity and ethics
  • Theories of, and the role of, fashion
  • Low car(bon) mobilities
The final programme and abstracts of "Desirable Transport Futures, Third international workshop in the Black Forest of Freiburg, Germany", can be found in the WORKSHOP READER.
Biennial workshop series
The workshop series is sponsored by Linnaeus University (Sweden), the Centre for Sustainable Tourism and Transport (NHTV Breda University, The Netherlands), the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (University of Surrey, United Kingdom), the Department of Tourism (University of Otago, New Zealand) and the Western Norway Research Institute.
The first two workshops addressed Psychological and behavioural factors in understanding and governing sustainable tourism mobility (2012) and The psychology of governing sustainable tourism mobility: bridging the science-policy gap (2014).

The 2012 workshop delivered a Routledge edited book (www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415839372) and a special issue in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsus20/21/7).

A further special issue of the 2014 workshop contributions was published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism in early 2016 (www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsus20/24/3), with two more papers in the Journal of Transport Geography (Gössling & Cohen, 2014) and Environment and Planning A (Cohen & Gössling, 2015).
The outputs of the 2016 Desirable transport futures workshop include special issues in both the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (upcoming in 2018) and Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (upcoming in 2018).
Organizing committee:
  • Stefan Gössling (Linnaeus University, Sweden; Western Norway Research Institute)
  • Paul Peeters (NHTV Breda University, The Netherlands)
  • Scott Cohen (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
  • Eke Eijgelaar (NHTV Breda University, The Netherlands)
  • James Higham (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Scientific advisory board:
  • Dr Stewart Barr (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Dr Felix Creutzig (Mercator Research Institut on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany)
  • Prof Michael Hall (University of Canterbury, NZ)
  • Dr Paul Hanna (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Dr Julia Hibbert (Bournemouth University, UK)
  • Dr Debbie Hopkins (University of Otago, NZ)
  • Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU, University of Oxford, UK)
  • Prof Bert van Wee (University of Delft, The Netherlands)
 For queries, please contact: freiburgconference@gmail.com