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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

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


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  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl (2021). Conceived and lived boundaries of low carbon mobility transitions.
  • Vedeld, Trond (2021). Polycentric, hybrid governance in metropolitan Oslo: Tackling climate & sustainable urban transformation in small- towns.
  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl (2020). Everyday decarbonisation of mobility in suburban centres .
  • Røe, Per Gunnar (2020). Include - A centre for socially inclusive solutions through co-creation with stakeholders.
  • Røe, Per Gunnar (2020). Sosiale implikasjoner av regional plan for Oslo og Akershus (eller av post-suburban planlegging).
  • Nenseth, Vibeke (2020). Digital varehandel og mobilitetsendringer. Plan: Tidsskrift for samfunnsplanlegging, byplan og regional utvikling. ISSN 0805-083X. 2020(02).
  • Nenseth, Vibeke (2020). Belønning for å la bilen stå? Pan. Harvest Publishing.
  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl (2020). Mobile objects - influencing the embodied experience of e-biking .
  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl (2020). Everyday decarbonisation of mobility systems .
  • Vedeld, Trond (2020). Polycentric perspective on urban climate governance and sustainable futures in metropolitan edge towns of Oslo.
  • Vedeld, Trond (2020). Klimaomstilling og bærekraftig byutvikling i Oslo regionen: Dilemmaer ved polysentrisk flernivå styring.
  • Wikstrøm, Ragnhild Dahl (2020). Moving for mobility.
  • Nenseth, Vibeke (2020). Tilskuddsordninger for redusert bilbruk. Transportøkonomisk institutt.

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