Mobility of people and availability of goods is a fundamental part of the modern society and generates tremendous economic and social value. However, growing transport volumes pose challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution and traffic accidents.
Research for a sustainable future
The difficult task we face is to create the potential for sustainable, safe transport systems and, at the same time, increase effectiveness and efficiency. Future development cannot be conducted by a single industrial, public or academic actor. Mitigating climate impact and reducing risks in the transport sector are serious challenges that require collaboration between various stakeholders, including industry actors and the society as a whole. Addressing these challenges is an important part of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
To approach the problems we need to simultaneously address several levels in and perspectives on the transport system, taking into consideration the interaction of vehicles and vessels, networks of infrastructures and the demand and supply of transport and logistics services. We do this in the research areas identified within our profiles Sustainable vehicle technologies (SVT)
, Transport efficiency and customer adapted logistics (TECAL)
and Traffic safety (TS)
. The areas are further promoted by the three challenges formulated by the Area of Advance: Increasing efficiency in transport and logistics, Increasing transport safety and Achieving a fossil free transport system.
Two universities joining forces
University of Gothenburg is an integrated part of Area of Advance Transport. Together with the university’s core research group of logistics and transport management, there is a wide range of researchers in fields such as applied IT, law, economics, global studies, psychology, marketing, organisation, human geography and chemistry, which complement the research groups at Chalmers.