Four sessions are planned to address the two themes. All sessions will involve three speakers representing city planning, business and research perspectives and will be followed by panel and group discussions.
Session 1: Long term visions for attractive cities - where does freight fit in?
Freight does not seem to feature strongly in longer term visions of the city. This session will focus on the authority planning perspective and address the main forces driving urban design and land use planning. What do we need to do, and how, to introduce freight as a natural part of those processes.
Session 2: What research is missing in order to integrate freight into long term plans?
There is a gap in longer term research for urban freight - this makes it hard to identify how it should be adapted to fit future urban requirements. This session considers freight stakeholder perspectives and will identify how this challenge can be addressed.
Session 3: Engaging with relevant stakeholders
Urban freight policies and research frequently concentrate on carriers and tend to ignore the importance of receivers in shaping freight demands. This session will discuss how to engage with all the major business stakeholders. Examples and cases include the importance of Business Improvement Districts, Freight Partnerships and Modelling Behaviour Change.
Session 4: Should urban freight include more involvement with citizens?
Urban freight policies and research have not found ways to engage public interest. As a result policies and initiatives may fail to take account of the views of residents, consumers and other private stakeholders. This weakens the possibility for successful implementation. What should be done and how can this be changed?