Stepping Stones is a small and medium-sized transnational research and innovation funding initiative launched inside Era-net Transport in 2012. Its consortium is managed by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Poland and Belarus.
What is the goal of the Stepping Stones research consortium?
To understand the successful (policy) measures aimed at making mobility patterns more sustainable and the underlying mechanisms including social & psychological factors. Due to the trans-national approach of Stepping Stones, the research results should be of common interest across Europe or in several regions.
The budget for this research, €800,000, has been made available by the governments of Germany (€300,000), Poland (€74,000), Sweden (€181,000), the Netherlands (€160,000) and the United Kingdom (€87,000). Three research consortia from a wide range of European partner organisations investigated mobility behaviour and policy in various European cities. The final results were presented during the Final Conference in Cracow, Poland on September 18th and 19th 2014.
Which questions were addressed in this project?
The what-question: What policies are successful and what policies are less successful in making urban mobility more sustainable? Where are these policies implemented? What are differences and similarities in these policies?
The how-question: How are these successful and unsuccessful policies implemented? What can we learn from the implementation and evaluation process? How does the implementation process influence the effectiveness of the policy?
The why-question: Why are some policies successful and why are some policies unsuccessful? What does it mean to be successful? Why is the same policy successful in city A but not in city B?