Special Issue: Urban policy, freight distribution and behaviour change: stakeholders’ engagement, perception and reaction

Freight transport systems are fundamental to guarantee urban sustainable development. In fact, their role is essential in harmonising economic growth while minimising territorial externalities so to attain a high level of life quality within cities. Territorial and economic planning coupled with effective management of freight distribution activities are necessary to foster the well-functioning of economic and social networks. City liveability is promoted by competitive transport costs, high logistics service levels, quite, clean, culturally rich, attractive and safe environment for city dwellers.

The relevant aspects considered and investigated relates to stakeholders’ engagement (e.g. methods, frameworks and management agreements), perception (e.g. problems faced and possible policies to be enacted) and reactions (e.g. evaluation methods, distributional considerations, fairness perception, etc.). Descriptions of case studies are welcome since they provide a benchmark for best-case experiences throughout the world and offer an understanding of real applications. Success and/or failure elements are investigated to discover, from single cases, similarities and differences stimulating critical reflections and guidelines for action. This Call for Papers is linked to the Urban Freight and Behaviour Change (URBE) Conference held in Rome, October 1st and 2nd 2015

Marcucci E., Gatta, V., Browne, M. (2018), “Urban policy, freight distribution and behaviour change: stakeholders’ engagement, perception and reaction”, Italian Journal of Regional Sciences

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