The UFP research areas
Research so far has identified two weaknesses that need to be addressed in particular: stakeholder engagement and knowledge sharing. Involving the stakeholders through freight partnerships has been shown to result in more successful outcomes for urban freight initiatives. The stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities in urban freight transport need to be further developed and communicated with cities in their work on how to manage transport planning.
Urban freight measures are often planned without taking into account the interest of all urban stakeholders (i.e. the receivers of the goods, the transport companies, the citizens and the municipalities) resulting in problems during the implementation phase. This research area concentrates on the development of an evaluation framework and assessment methods that explicitly take the interests of all urban stakeholders into account.
Integration between urban freight and urban form
Freight does not seem to feature strongly in longer term visions of the city. This research area focuses on the authority planning perspective and addresses 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?
Interaction between urban freight and passenger transport
Urban transport is rising on the agenda of many cities. While policy makers are very much involved in the planning of passenger mobility, freight transport matters have been left to the private sector. Despite the significant interaction of passenger and freight in the urban setting, research addressing the opportunities of an integrated approach to passenger and freight is missing. This research aims at filling this gap.