Project Description


polysumpPoly-SUMP, Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, aims to develop a sustainable mobility planning methodology in polycentric regions – areas characterised by several centres, where services and goods, and therefore transport needs, are scattered in different towns, and mobility is usually car dependent. Planning mobility in these areas is complex, as several municipalities, sometimes even from different countries, and many stakeholders are involved. Poly-SUMP offers a methodology for poly-centric regions to overcome barriers and to build a constructive dialogue among all involved actors in order to reach a common vision and deliver shared action plans for sustainable mobility. Six participating regions in Europe, represented by Regione Marche (Italy), Alentejo Central (Portugal), Central Macedonia (Greece), Central Slovenia (Slovenia), Rhine Alp Region (Austria) and Parkstad Limburg (the Netherlands), test concrete planning processes towards the adoption of mobility plans, and check the transferability of the approach to six other regions in Europe. The approach chosen in Poly-SUMP to mediate between the different actors and fostering a real partnership is based on a proven participatory methodology: Future Search. This method consists in organizing participatory visioning and planning meetings that help people to build up a mutual understanding, to agree upon a common ground and to transform their capability for action very quickly.
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*Funded by the EACI – Intelligent Energy Programme

  • Develop and test the Poly-SUMP Methodology to supports the preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) in polycentric regions
  • Deliver action plans and improve inter/intra-institutional communication, cross-boundary and collaborative planning processes, and civil society participation in the partner regions;
  • Transfer knowledge and exchange experience between partners and local key actors
  • Disseminate and help other local and regional authorities in polycentric regions of Europe to apply the Poly-SUMP Methodology.

  • Project management support and overall scientific responsibility
  • Facilitation of the Local Future Search Workshop planned in Regione Marche, Italy
  • Research support, in particular to elaborate concepts, indicators and data tools to assess sustainable mobility in the polycentric regions
  • Coordination of the evaluation activities undertaken in the six partners regions

  • EGIS-Mobilitè
  • Steer Davies Gleave