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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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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

International scientific advisory board

  • Marco Helbich: Spatial analyses and GIS
  • Monika Buscher: Mobility practices
  • Greg Marsden: Transport governance
  • Jon Shaw: Geographies of mobilities


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


  • Røe, Per Gunnar; Kjærås, Kristin Edith Abrahamsen & Haarstad, Håvard (2022). The Spatialities of the Nordic Compact City. In Jakobsen, Peter; Jönsson, Erik & Gutzon Larsen, Henrik (Ed.), Socio-spatial theory in Nordic geography : Intellectual histories and critical interventions. Springer Nature. ISSN 9783031042331. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-04234-8_11.
  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl & Røe, Per Gunnar (2022). Sustainable mobility transitions in suburbia–exploring (dis)connections between transport planning and daily mobility. Urban Research and Practice. ISSN 1753-5069. doi: 10.1080/17535069.2022.2119430.
  • Vedeld, Trond; Hofstad, Hege; Hilde, Solli & Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær (2021). Polycentric urban climate governance: Creating synergies between integrative and interactive governance in Oslo. Environmental Policy and Governance. ISSN 1756-932X. February(2), p. 1–14. doi: 10.1002/eet.1935.
  • Hjorteset, Mari Andrine; Böcker, Lars; Røe, Per Gunnar & Wessel, Terje (2021). Intraurban geographies of car sharing supply and demand in Greater Oslo, Norway. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. ISSN 1361-9209. 101, p. 1–13. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2021.103089. Full text in Research Archive

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Published Feb. 11, 2016 1:12 PM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2022 4:02 PM