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Mobility Innovations for a New Dawn in Sustainable (European) Transport Systems (MIND-SETS)  |  @MINDsetsEU

How can we better understand mobility to better influence and change it?

How can we predict the likely future attitudes to and patterns of mobility?

What forms of mobility policies, products and services will best meet future mobility needs?

The MIND-SETS project provides a new approach to understanding mobility as part of the overall changing lifestyles of different population groups across Europe. The project focus is on how we can better understand mobility at the level of lifestyle patterns, set against social, economic and technological trends: in short – what are people’s mobility mind-sets across Europe? This new approach brings mainstream sociologists, environmental psychologists and economists together with sustainable mobility and travel behaviour specialists as well as experts in social, technological and ICT trends: a full multi-disciplinary, new type of team to assess mobility issues, in the hopes of changing the professional mind-set of mobility stakeholders.

The research reviews current technological and sociological trends, and will analyse existing knowledge on how these trends affect travel behaviour, focusing on the following areas:

  • The impact of ICT social networks and new social media on travel behaviour;
  • Transportation-telecommunications relationships (i.e teleworking, teleshopping);
  • Urban forms and the built environment;
  • The impact of new vehicle technologies and new infrastructure on travel behaviour;
  • The use of social media in public transportation;
  • Data characteristics applied to current transportation models.

The MIND-SETS consortium brings expertise from many areas of study. The partners are:

  • The Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISIS): an Italian research and consulting firm supporting international, national and local public bodies for the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable policies in the fields of transport and mobility, urban planning, energy, environment, and the knowledge society.
  • Vectos (South) Limited
  • Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (VITO): an independent European research and consulting centre developing sustainable technologies in the area of energy, environment and transport.
  • European Integrated Project – EIP: a consultancy company based in Romania, that works for city authorities, operators and the private sector, primarily in awareness-raising, communications and marketing on sustainability issues, project and consortium management, stakeholder engagement on sustainability issues and securing funding and project support within European sustainable transport initiatives and EU structural funds.
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • MCRIT, S.L.: stands for “Multicriteria”, the method of decision support that integrates both quantitative and qualitative assessments, used in project appraisal and policy assessment.
  • The University of Groningen: environmental and traffic psychology, with a special interest in factors influencing behaviour.
  • Pocket Marketing: an international “trends intelligence” consultancy company based in Antwerp (Belgium).


  • Approximately 500 experts in the field of mobility were asked to complete a DELPHI survey that focused on the topics of automated, seamless, virtual and inclusive mobility.
  • In October 2015, MIND-SETS held a workshop in Barcelona on transport technologies and human behaviour, to better understand the mobility mind-sets of different groups of people and different generations.
  • Another workshop will be held in March.
  • The conclusions from the DELPHI survey and the workshops will be used to develop the MIND-SETS guidelines and Knowledge Centre, which are designed to help practitioners make better decisions regarding mobility, taking user behaviour and psychology into consideration. These guidelines will be officially launched in September 2016.
  • These conclusions will be available to the public on the MIND-SETS website.

For more details, please refer to the MIND-sets website.