From freight partnerships to city logistics living labs – Giving Meaning to the Elusive Concept of Living Labs

H Quak, M. Lindholm, Lóri Tavasszy, M Browne

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Abstract

The paper discusses the growing importance of urban freight research given the increasing urban population trends. The complexity of urban freight systems means that it is essential for the public and private sectors to work together - one way to achieve this has been through freight partnerships. A short review of freight partnerships highlights the way in which they have fostered mutual understanding among urban freight stakeholders. The literature on shared situational awareness (SSA) and joint knowledge production (JKP) has been adapted to position freight partnerships and to further develop and link these partnerships to the concept of a living laboratory concerned with urban freight transport. This novel application of the living lab concept is introduced. Next, the first phases of a city logistics living lab brought in practice in Rotterdam are shortly mentioned. The living lab concept fits the complexities of the urban freight system well and has been a cornerstone of a recently started major freight project in the EU (CITYLAB).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-473
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • freight partnerships
  • living labs
  • shared situational awareness
  • city logistics

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