The co-ordination for Gender Research at University of Copenhagen together with VTI, and VTØ in Olso, hosted a seminar focused on gendering smart mobilities in Bruxelles, on 4 March 2020. The program offered a selection of presentations by the authors of Gendering Smart Mobilities, a scholarly anthology, published by Routledge.
The seminar was opened by Christina Marolda, former EU staff member of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), who promoted gender related transport projects in the context of the European Union over the last decade. The seminar presented several studies on gender and diversity in smart mobility as well as various methods – qualitative, quantitative, etc.- in mobility research.
The seminar concluded with a panel discussion composed of Isabelle Vandoorne, Deputy Head of Sustainable and Intelligent Transport at DG MOVE; Irina Patraxcu, Grant Partnership and Communications Director at ERTICO -a public-private partnership that promotes research and defines ITS industry standards, and Professor Andree Woodcock, Principal Investigator of the TInnGO project.
The lessons learned were that gender and mobility needs stronger visibility in the European transport, along with equality statistics and data collections. And that gender and mobility is not just an “add on” to mainstream transport research, but simply a precondition for good research and sustainable mobility. The seminar was attended by researchers, consultants and practitioners. The book is edited by Tanu Utend, Hilda Rømer Christensen, and Lena Levin. You can find it here.