Special Issue "Mobility in Transition – Providing Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Transport and Traffic in a Dynamic Global Environment from a Transdisciplinary Perspective"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Deadline for title, extended abstract (about 2000 words) & short abstract (about 100 words) submissions: 31 August 2021
There will be a process of preselection on basis of title, extended and short abstract, after which authors will be invited to submit a paper.
Deadline for paper submissions: 31 December 2021

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anna Martius
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Guest Editor
Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Interests: transformation research through interdisciplinary approaches
Prof. Dr. Peter D. Lund
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Guest Editor
Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, Aalto University, P.O.Box 15100, FI-00076 Aalto, Espoo, Finland
Interests: solar cells; fuel cells; nanocomposite materials; mixed oxides; semiconductor-ionic materials
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Prof. Dr. Lutz Hagen
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Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Interests: journalism and news, with a special emphasis on the production, uses, effects, and quality of public communication and on changes in the public sphere due to digitization; media economics. methods: representative surveys; expert interviews; automated and manual content analysis; time series analysis and other econometrics
Prof. Dr. Jörn Schönberger
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Guest Editor
Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Interests: model-based optimization and control of complex systems using methods from mathematics, operations research, artificial intelligence, and (business) informatics. scopes of application: traffic, transport, logistics and production systems, etc.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to highlight scientifically sound ways to innovate and bring about sustainable change in mobility against the background of ongoing technological advancement and dynamic changes in social requirements. Mobility will be addressed at different levels—both in terms of transporting goods and in the movement of people.

In order to effectively counter negative effects of increasing mobility, such as increased pollution and the excessive consumption of non-renewable resources, as well as to meet the changing demands of dynamic societies regarding the design of mobility concepts, extensive measures remain necessary. Approaches to reducing the excessive use of resources by traffic appear to be necessary and sensible in order to identify and develop previously untapped innovation potential for the reimagining of mobility concepts.

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the tremendous power and dynamism with which processes of change have disrupted the status quo in our globally networked and increasingly digitized world and with which established mobility habits have experienced sudden change. The unleashed digitization has created new options for replacing physical mobility with communication and virtual traffic on the one hand, and generating new traffic on the other, for example through increased online shopping.

Existing research does not adequately deal with many of the aforementioned factors of social mobility, especially when it comes to analyses with a transdisciplinary approach. Above all, work is required in the following areas:

  • technical innovations for reducing emissions and resource consumption;
  • organizational innovations that increase resource efficiency or reduce the use of resources and make mobility more flexible;
  • innovative mobility concepts, against the background of diverse and dynamic requirements and motives of an individual and social nature;
  • ways to ensure desirable acceptance of new technical solutions and new mobility concepts, as well as ways to identify mobility-related needs or to nudge changes in behavior.

This Special Issue is just as open to findings from basic research as it is to specific case studies. Contributions from various disciplines are welcome—from STEM disciplines as well as from economics and social sciences. The following are listed here as examples:

  • Transport and Traffic Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • (Behavioral) Economics;
  • Psychology; and
  • Media and Communication Studies.

Special emphasis will be placed on transdisciplinary perspectives that deal with applied issues in integrative approaches, amalgamating methods from different disciplines.

This Special Issue, entitled "Mobility in Transition", aims to report on current results and research approaches with regard to the further development of technical and organizational ideas for future-oriented mobility, thereby contributing to a more efficient mobility of goods and people that is better for the environment, stakeholders, and future generations.

Mobility-related issues will be addressed on the basis of clearly described research methods. Original works from various disciplines involved in the research areas described above are welcome, ideally pursuing a transdisciplinary approach.

We expressly encourage young researchers and research groups (doctoral students) to report on their research results.

Dr. Anna Martius
Prof. Dr. Peter Lund
Prof. Dr. Lutz Hagen
Prof. Dr. Jörn Schönberger
Guest Editors

Abstract and Paper Submission Information

For planned papers, there will be (1) a process of preselection on basis of title, extended abstract and short abstract and (2) an invitation to selected authors to submit a paper.

Title, extended & short abstract should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. The abstracts can be submitted until the first deadline (31 January 2021). Papers can be submitted after the invitation until the second deadline (31 May 2021). All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). An application for funding is possible via the special issue guest editors. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • mobility;
  • mobility revolution;
  • mobility scenarios;
  • transport;
  • traffic;
  • autonomous driving;
  • e-mobility;
  • sustainability;
  • transdisciplinarity;
  • modal split.

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The Other Side of the (Policy) Coin: Analyzing Exnovation Policies for the Urban Mobility Transition in Eight Cities around the Globe
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9045; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169045 - 12 Aug 2021
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Many cities all over the world highlight the need to transform their urban mobility systems into more sustainable ones, to confront pressing issues such as air and noise pollution, and to deliver on climate change mitigation action. While the support of innovations is [...] Read more.
Many cities all over the world highlight the need to transform their urban mobility systems into more sustainable ones, to confront pressing issues such as air and noise pollution, and to deliver on climate change mitigation action. While the support of innovations is high on the agenda of both national and local authorities, consciously phasing-out unsustainable technologies and practices is often neglected. However, this other side of the policy coin, ‘exnovation’, is a crucial element for the mobility transition. We developed a framework to facilitate a more comprehensive assessment of urban mobility transition policies, systematically integrating exnovation policies. It links exnovation functions as identified in transition studies with insights from urban mobility studies and empirical findings from eight city case studies around the world. The findings suggest that most cities use some kinds of exnovation policies to address selective urban mobility issues, e.g., phasing-out diesel buses, restricting the use of polluting motor vehicles in some parts of the city, etc. Still, we found no evidence for a systematic exnovation approach alongside the innovation policies. Our framework specifies exnovation functions for the urban mobility transition by lining out policy levers and concrete measure examples. We hope that the framework inspires future in-depth research, but also political action to advance the urban mobility transition. Full article
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