EU project on gender equality and diversity in the transport sector: TInnGO
Smart mobility (e.g. new transport technologies, new mobility services) present opportunities to challenge existing inequalities and imbalances related to mobility.
Development of new mobility services might for example increase use of more environmentally friendly mobility and promote gender equality and diversity if different user groups get access to transportation options that supports their mobility needs. But there is also a risk that smart mobility will reinforce current structures and continue to support already privileged groups mobility patterns (Marsden and Reardon, 2018). With groundbreaking changes in European transport ahead, equality issues and effects must be raised on the agendas for both research, planning and development (cf. EIGE 2020).
The TInnGO (Transport Innovation Gender Observatory) project seeks to address these issues by building on previous studies on gender and diversity and transportation and contribute with new knowledge to current transport and mobility developments in Europe:
- Focusing on intersectional perspectives, for example, related to socio cultural categories such as gender, class, ethnicity, and age particularly in relation to smart and sustainable mobility.
- By creating gender and diversity awareness and action plans which can be translated into different cultural contexts to develop gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility as a fundamental component of a smart city.
TInnGO's emphasis on diverse transport needs is shown in its unique comparative approach enabling contributions from, and influence of 13-member states in 10 hubs. These will employ qualitative and quantitative research methods, combining hands-on knowledge, concrete actions and best practices to develop gender and diversity sensitive smart mobilities and solutions through associated ideas factories (e.g. Living Lab)
Proposed impact will be in the areas of inclusive smart mobility solutions focusing on people first; intersectionality and gender transport poverty; education, engineering and design; employment and entrepreneurship; policy at local, national and international level; planning practice; smart mobility discourses (critical analysis and development of new scripts).
VTI works close with University of Copenhagen to develop concepts, provide a roadmap and to operationalise the goals for gender equality set out in the 2030 Agenda. This part of the project connects to previous research conducted by researchers at VTI and University of Copenhagen (e.g. Christensen et al. 2007; Christensen 2019; Christensen, Priya Uteng and Levin 2020; Faith-Ell and Levin 2013; Halling, Faith-Ell and Levin, 2016; Henriksson 2019; Henriksson et al. 2019; Levin et al. 2016; Levin and Faith-Ell 2019).
VTI is part of the Danish/Swedish hub. The Danish / Swedish hub is studying bicycle sharing services and related governance issues from an intersectional perspective in Swedish and Danish cities.
Facts about TinnGO
- The project is running for three years (2019–2021)
- Is financed by the European Commission H2020 with EUR 3.9 million, of which VTI's share is about EUR 369,000.
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Gender Mainstreaming European Transport Research and Policies. Building the Knowledge Base and Mapping Good Practices (2007, University of Copenhagen)
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Beijing +25: the fifth review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States (2020, European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE)
Faith-Ell, C. and Levin, L. (2013). Kön i trafiken. Jämställdhet i kommunal transportplanering. [Gender Mainstreaming in Transport Planning. Guidance for Regional and Local Transport Planners.] Stockholm: SKL, Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting.
Kön i trafiken - jämställdhet i kommunal transportplanering (2013, Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner)
Halling, J., Faith-Ell, C. and Levin, L. (2016). Transportplanering i förändring: En handbok om jämställdhetskonsekvensbedömning i transportplaneringen. [Transport planning in change: A manual on gender impact assessment in transport planning]. Linköping/ Lund/Stockholm: K2.
Transportplanering i förändring: En handbok om jämställdhetskonsekvensbedömning i transportplaneringen (2016, DiVA)
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The ‘I’ in sustainable planning: Constructions of users within municipal planning for sustainable mobility (2019, DiVA)
Henriksson, M., Witzell, J., and Isaksson, K. (2019). All Change or Business as Usual? The Discursive Framing of Digitalized Smart Accessibility in Sweden. Transportation Research Procedia, 41, 625–636.
All Change or Business as Usual? The Discursive Framing of Digitalized Smart Accessibility in Sweden (2019, ScienceDirect)
Levin, L., Faith-Ell, C., Scholten, C., Aretun, Å., Halling, J. and Thoresson, K. (2016). Att integrera jämställdhet I länstransportplanering. Slutrapport. Lund: K2 Research 2016:1.
Att integrera jämställdhet i länstransportplanering (2016, DiVA)
Levin, L. and Faith-Ell, C. (2019). How to apply Goals for Gender Equality in Transport and Infrastructure Planning. In Lindqvist Scholten, C. and Joelsson, T. Integrating Gender into Transport Planning – From One to Many Tracks, pp. 89–118. Palgrave MacMillan.
How to apply Goals for Gender Equality in Transport and Infrastructure Planning (2019, DiVA)
Marsden, G. and Reardon, L. (2018). Governance of the Smart Mobility Transition. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.