New research collaboration between Malmö University and The University of Tokyo

REEMOS: Research Platform of Equitable and Efficient Mobility for Societal Challenges – equity and efficiency of mobility matter

On May 24th, a group of researchers from Urban Studies at Malmö University (MAU) and Graduate Program in Sustainability Science at The University of Tokyo (UOT) in Japan formalized a new research collaboration for urban-rural mobility studies: the Research Platform of Equitable and Efficient Mobility for Societal Challenges (REEMOS). The funding program formed bilaterally by Stiftelsen för internationalisering av högre utbildning och forskning (STINT) and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) finances this new form of international collaboration for the period 2018-2021.

REEMOS is established to both quantitatively and qualitatively explore a potential role of mobility equity and mobility efficiency in solving societal challenges that Sweden and Japan experience – both in rural and urban areas. The project aims at learning and exchanging successful experiences of efficiency and equity in mobility in Japan and in Sweden to produce innovative and synergistic insights into how to enhance different modes of mobility in order to address social challenges in both countries. The project focuses on three specific areas: Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Sharing Mobility, and Urban Livability. REEMOS is also designed to work as an international research platform whereby fieldworks, seminars, and winter/summer schools will give the participating students – both Master’s and Ph.D. from the two universities – a plenty of opportunities to deepen their knowledge about mobility and urban-rural problems, as well as enhance their research competencies in an international milieu. An important part of the project is the collaboration with stakeholders involved in planning, financing and operating public transport, where the Swedish side have developed close collaboration with K2-Nationellt Kunskapscentrum för Kollektivtrafik.

Dr. Magnus Andersson at MAU and Dr. Motoharu Onuki at UOT are project directors for each institution. The Swedish project team consists of Désirée Nilsson (Senior lecturer at MAU), Eigo Tateishi, (Ph.D. candidate in Urban Studies at MAU), and Rosalia Camporeale (Postdoctoral fellow at Transport and Roads, Lund University).

In addition to these working members, REEMOS plans to work together with external advisors to broaden its research perspectives as well as expand communication to reach different external actors. Dr. John Hultén (Director of K2-Nationellt kunskapscentrum för kollektivtrafik), Dr. Barry Ness (Associate Professor at LUCSUS, Lund University), and Dr. Atsushi Deguchi (Professor at UOT, and President of Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha in Japan) will serve as advisors for the project.

For further information, please contact:

-Magnus Andersson, Project Director, (magnus.e.andersson@mau.se)

-Eigo Tateishi, Project Manager, (eigo.tateishi@mau.se)

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