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Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Mobility

The Role of Technological Innovations

  • New insights into the relationship between transport and the environment

  • Interdisciplinary approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. New challenges in technology development: the environmental problem

  3. Theoretical part

  4. Empirical part

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Harry Geerlings
      Pages 139-153
    3. Harry Geerlings
      Pages 155-178
    4. Harry Geerlings
      Pages 179-215
    5. Harry Geerlings
      Pages 217-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-262

About this book


This book evolves around technological change and the urgent need, from the perspective of environmental sciences, to reduce the impacts caused by transportation.
It provides insights into the relationship between transport and the environment, the role of technology and the meaning of the concept of sustainable development for the transport sector. Special attention is given to the knowledge gleaned from technology dynamics and the role of the government (in cooperation with the private sector) in generating a sustainability-sound technology policy in transportation.
The different theoretical complexities are combined in a strategy for R&D and the implementation of mega-technological innovations. The result of the strategy is the formulation of a 'Window of Technological Opportunity'.
In the empirical part of the study 2 specific cases are dealt with: Maglev technology and fuel-cell technology for transport purposes. In line with the objectives of the study, and taking into account the new theoretical insights and the empirical findings, a synthesis is presented and conclusions drawn.


development environment environmental science environmental sciences sustainable development technology policy transport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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