Urban freight and behaviour change

Course for: PhD students

ECTS: 4

Description: This course learns how to define, design and evaluate urban freight policies capable of adequately responding to the sustainability challenges urban freight distribution poses to modern cities.

Behavioural change is at the base of any solution of urban freight problems. Shared and long-standing solutions must account and accommodate both private (i.e. profit oriented) and social (e.g. environmental) objectives. Urban freight problems and solutions are strictly interwoven with and dependent on technological, organizational, regulatory, and policy innovations. Results depend on the interaction among the various system components and related stakeholders. Therefore, urban freight policies/solutions should emerge from a collaborative/participatory approach compatible with larger societal sustainability goals.

The course will, through a case study based approach, discuss, illustrate and show how to apply cutting hedge methods (design of experiments, discrete choice modelling and agent-based modelling) useful to overcome/take-advantage-of any barriers/opportunities that should be removed/exploited when adopting innovative solutions in urban freight distribution.

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