Urban living labs: role as a platform for smart and sustainable mobility transitions

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Cities are the major contributors to environmental degradation because of the increasing urban migration and thus resulting in high traffic congestion and CO2 emissions. Mobility in cities has been a problem that has been intertwined in Large scale systemic planning thus, making the area-specific issues a secondary concern. Thus, in this thesis by choosing to study Urban Living Labss, major focus has been laid on the ways in which the transportation planning can be unfolded from the clutches of systemic difficulties and move towards understating transitions from a pocket area scale i.e. dealing with niche level problems through pilots and upscaling it to regime level to implement them over large area. The overreaching research questions: How does living labs aid or (contribute) in sustainable transition particularly in the field of smart & sustainable mobility? This thesis comprises 3 ULLs (case studies) which are Strijp-S Living Lab, Helmond city: Driven Living Lab and SUMMALab. The key takeaways from this research is that the key characteristics and participants play crucial roles in enabling and destabilizing the transition process in the living labs. Additionally, Key characteristics play a crucial role while conducting and evaluating the transitions. The use of technology weighs highly on these smart transitions and the vision and goals of the labs are important to customize the knowledge created to address geo-specific issues. To add, Impediments are many in this real-world experimental setup while transitioning. One of such is municipality which is the key participants in all three labs to regulate commercialization of innovations. The study thus contributes to this new and dynamic field of sustainability transitions and Urban Living Lab literature.
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