Sustainable Mobility in the Mobile Risk Society - Designing innovative mobility solutions in Copenhagen

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen*, Katrine Hartmann-Petersen, Freja Friis, Malene Rudolf Lindberg, Thomas Schou Grinsted

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The issue of creating more sustainable mobility systems has been revisited during the past 50 years. So far, we are still waiting for an innovative systemic change that is not simply an iteration of existing technologies. This standstill is to a large degree due to the hegemonic mobility paradigm, working under a "predict and provide"-driven approach, with little attention being paid to environmental and social externalities. This paper calls for a new understanding of mobility transition interlinked with the cultural values of modern societies, deeply rooted in the mobile risk society. To create sustainable mobility practices we need robust, socially coherent, and inclusive mobility systems that are more than just transportation systems and connections. The empirical starting point is a visionary workshop on designing "Sustainable Innovative Mobility Solutions" in three urban areas in Copenhagen. The workshop created a cross-disciplinary space for actors to meet across dominant silos and acknowledge the need for intervention framings to focus on innovation as a matter of interlinking sustainable mobilities practices within everyday living in a mobile risk society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7218
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2020


  • Innovation
  • Iteration
  • Mobile risk society
  • Mobility
  • Visionary workshop


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