Dr Achille Fonzone, Prof Christiane Bielefeldt and Dr Damian Stantchev have recently attended a meeting in Southend-on-Sea of the European H2020 project entitled “Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods Research and Implementation Support in Europe” (SUNRISE). SUNRISE is a 4-year study that focuses on mobility challenges at the neighbourhood level in 6 cities across Europe and the Middle East.
The research within SUNRISE has the ambitious goal of identifying mobility problems and solutions to alleviate them, overseeing the implementation of measures and their evaluation, and transferring and sharing knowledge between cities. The study involves people representing different parts of society, as well as businesses, NGOs, local authorities, and academic institutions. It is also inclusive of often under-represented groups of society such as migrants, women, older and young people. This study aims to demonstrate that only the proactive involvement of local communities in urban mobility planning through co-creation and co-evaluation is likely to produce lasting and publicly embraced solutions to urban mobility challenges.
TRI, following the successful completion of CIVITAS projects such as DYN@AMO, CAPITAL and PUSH&PULL, has been entrusted with the role of an evaluation manager, overseeing the evaluation of specific measures and the overall co-creation process. Following the Consortium meeting in Southend-on-Sea, the project successfully went through its first review meeting in Brussels and in the next few months will start the implementation of measures identified during a co-creation process by local neighbourhoods in the cities of Bremen, Budapest, Jerusalem, Malmo, Southend-on-Sea and Thessaloniki, and the collection of data for their evaluation.