From Freight Partnerships to City Logistics Living Labs - Giving Meaning to the Elusive Concept of Living Labs
Paper in proceeding, 2016

The paper discusses the growing importance of urban freight research given the increasing urban population trends. The complexity of urban freight systems means that it is essential for the public and private sectors to work together - one way to achieve this has been through freight partnerships. A short review of freight partnerships highlights the way in which they have fostered mutual understanding among urban freight stakeholders. The literature on shared situational awareness (SSA) and joint knowledge production (JKP) has been adapted to position freight partnerships and to further develop and link these partnerships to the concept of a living laboratory concerned with urban freight transport. This novel application of the living lab concept is introduced. Next, the first phases of a city logistics living lab brought in practice in Rotterdam are shortly mentioned. The living lab concept fits the complexities of the urban freight system well and has been a cornerstone of a recently started major freight project in the EU (CITYLAB).

city logistics

living labs

shared situational awareness

freight partnerships


H Quak

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Maria Lindholm

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

L Tavasszy

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Delft University of Technology

Michael Browne

University of Westminster

Transportation Research Procedia

23521457 (ISSN) 23521465 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 461-473

Subject Categories

Economics and Business



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