LuftMODE: Air quality, Mobility, and Democracy: Transdisciplinary Research about the Urban Mobility Transition

(Acronym from the German: Luftqualität, MObilität und DEmokratie: Transdisziplinäre Forschung zur urbanen Verkehrswende)

LuftMODE is an inter- and transdisciplinary project with partners from different groups at the IASS (ClimPol, EXPERI, and Co-Creation), as well as partners from local government (Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg) and civil society (Changing Cities e.V.). The aim is to carry out research on a wide spectrum of aspects related to the urban mobility transition. As the name suggests, the process focuses on three aspects of the mobility transition that are explored as a part of the process of implementing infrastructural changes: 1) air-quality measurements are being taken to offer before and after comparisons, 2) mobility behaviour is being examined to enable comparisons of mode shifts (before and after infrastructure changes) as well as motivations for these, and 3) participative aspects, for which prototypes have been created along with suggestions for implementation of co-creative processes aimed at inclusive and sustainable pathways and plans for the infrastructure changes (initial advice has already been implemented). Thus, LuftMODE incorporates both transformation and transformative research.

As a first concrete activity, LuftMODE is accompanying the implementation of the bike lane on Kottbusser Damm in Berlin-Neukölln. The project design was developed in cooperation with political, administrative, and civil society actors.

Update: While the project was started pre-pandemic, adjustments have been made to the research plan to accommodate changes in infrastructure plans (pop-up bike lanes) and account for other factors being influenced by the pandemic.

A short policy-relevant summary of the air quality results are now available for download. kd_summary_air_pollution_effects_eng.19.5.21_final.pdf

A peer-reviewed scientific paper is in progress and will be shared once accepted.