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Smart Mobility Suburbs (SMS)

Smart Mobility Suburbs (SMS) is a trans-disciplinary project that addresses the conditions for transition towards energy-smart mobility in suburban centres.

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«Lysaker Pier 1» by Wasielgallery - Own work. Photo: Lisenced under CC by 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

About the project

The project focuses on two types of under-addressed innovations:

  1. innovations in mobility practises
  2. innovations in collaborative and multi-scalar governance to enable low-energy smart cities/micro-cities.

Empirically, SMS studies the networks (cross-scale institutions) and markets and regulatory systems involved in the implementation of Oslo’s climate and energy strategy The Green Shift and similar policies of neighbouring municipalities and suburban towns (with local micro-city cases: Lillestrøm, Ski, Fornebu/Bærum).


We ask how regional, municipal and suburban governance and planning organise and regulate sustainable mobility practices within selected micro-cities in sub-urban areas of the city region through a combination of hierarchical, market and network measures. Very limited research has so far been done on smart city development focusing on collaborative governance, markets, networks and cross-scale institutional challenges between city regional and local scales. The proposal addresses ENERGIX priority areas on energy policy, economy and society by focusing on smart cities and communities.


The project will provide new knowledge about which organisational, regulatory and market challenges can realize smart energy systems, cities and towns, as requested in the call.


The project utilizes mixed quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate energy-smart mobility practises and innovations in governance (including surveys, interviews, policy and institutional analysis). The project builds upon earlier and on-going research by each of the UiO/CIENS partners (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research , Norwegian Centre for Transport research TØI) and long-standing institutional collaboration

interdisciplinary, international scientific advisory board

  • Spatial analyses and GIS (Marco Helbich)
  • Mobility practises (Monika Buscher)
  • Transport governance (Greg Marsden)
  • Geographies of mobilities (Jon Shaw).


Funding scheme

The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway under the Large-scale programme for energy research (ENERGIX). The total grant award was for NOK 7 000 000.

Project period

2016 - 2021


  • Per Gunnar Røe (2020). Sosiale implikasjoner av regional plan for Oslo og Akershus (eller av post-suburban planlegging).
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2020). Include - A centre for socially inclusive solutions through co-creation with stakeholders.
  • Vibeke Nenseth (2019). Urban periphery - Interpretation from the Oslo Region.
  • Lars Böcker (2019). Byen, miljø og trivsel: Byen som metabolisme. Fortetting – bilfritt – trivelig?.
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2019). Er den nye areal- og transportplanleggingen sosialt bærekraftig?.
  • Lars Böcker (2019). The dynamics of urban metabolism in the face of digitalisation and changing lifestyles.
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2019). Multifunksjonelle og bærekraftige regionbyer - nye forståelser?.
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2019). En identitetsskapende og inkluderende byutvikling (i en forstadskommune).
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2019). Energy Spaces and Flows.
  • Trond Vedeld (2019). Styring og ledelse av fortetting i by.
  • Trond Vedeld (2019). Samskapende lederskap - en forutsetning for klimaomstilling i by?.
  • Ragnhild Dahl Wikstrøm (2019). Hverdagsmobilitet i storbyens ytterkanter.
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2019). Smart Mobility Suburbs - et tverrfaglig forskningsprosjekt finansiert av EnergiX-programmet til Norges forskningsråd.
  • Trond Vedeld (2018). Hvordan kan styring og planlegging i by skape muligheter for et mer bærekraftig samfunn?.
  • Per Gunnar Røe (2018). Urbanisering av forstedene.
  • Trond Vedeld & Hege Hofstad (2018). Roles of residents in climate governance.
  • Trond Vedeld (2018). Urban governance, regional cities and co-creation.
  • Lars Böcker & Torstein S. Throndsen (2018). Smart Micro Cities.
  • Hege Hofstad & Trond Vedeld (2018). City climate governance and participation.
  • Trond Vedeld (2018). Urban governance and scale: the case of edge-towns in Metropolitan Oslo.

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Published Feb. 11, 2016 1:12 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2019 8:23 AM