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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.

Lysaker Pier

«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

Tags: Urban development, Urban politics
Published Feb. 11, 2016 1:12 PM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2021 10:29 AM