Context-Adapted Urban Planning for Rapid Transitioning of Personal Mobility towards Sustainability: A Systematic Literature Review
Journal article, 2019

Sustainability related challenges in mobility planning have been recognised at the international level, and the urgency for change has been widely discussed among scholars. However, there seems to be no general agreement on the best ways to pursue such change. To seek answers to the question of how to pursue change, this study analysed the development of the broad research fields of mobility, urban planning and transitions, and the overlap of these bodies of literature. Both academic and non-academic literatures were covered. By means of a systematic literature review, as well as bibliometric studies, several prominent research themes that address change from planning and transition perspectives were identified. Moreover, these themes describe different viewpoints and challenges in mobility planning. These include planning and policy for sustainable mobility and accessibility, backcasting and scenario planning, indicators in planning, modes of transport, decision-making, studies of global North and global South, as well as overarching themes of equity, equality and justice, roles of institutions, and co-production of knowledge. Strategies for staying up to date with these fields were also identified. In the literature covered, the temporal dimension in mobility planning was described in four different ways, but little was found about how accelerated transitions towards sustainable mobility can be achieved. Further knowledge gaps were identified in relation to behavioural change, policy development, institutionalisation of planning capacity, and social sustainability in mobility planning. This created an outline for possible future studies.

systematic literature review

personal mobility


rapid transition




Varvara Nikulina

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

David Simon

Mistra Urban Futures

Henrik Ny

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH

Henrikke Baumann

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis


2071-1050 (ISSN)

Vol. 11 4 1007-

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Transport Systems and Logistics

Environmental Management

Other Civil Engineering

Environmental Sciences



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