The term 'mobility' is used here to describe the journeys that people make from one place to another. Research on mobility takes into account several aspects, such as travel time, distance and means of transport. Motives for mobility also play a role: commuting, collecting and dropping people off, shopping and leisure time mobility.
SCP studies social and cultural aspects of mobility patterns. The research looks at different population categories, for example based on age, household composition or labour market participation. The motives, travel times, distances travelled and means of transport used vary between these categories. Changes in mobility patterns over time are also studied.
Mobility and policy
The SCP research helps build up an understanding of the operation of policy instruments focusing on mobility. SCP works in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (formerly: V&W). There are several focus areas in this research: coordination of the mobility between the different family members within a household; social and cultural trends in mobility; and mobility policy evaluation research.
Research at SCP
The mobility research is carried out within the Participation,Culture and Living Environment research sector.
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (formerly: V&W): more information on mobility policy in the Netherlands
Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM): research on mobility themes that are relevant for policy
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: research on spatial and environmental aspects of mobility that are relevant for policy