CfP: Environmentally and socially sustainable mobility

Quick heads up that we have an open Call for Papers for a special issue on “Environmentally and socially sustainable mobility”, to be published in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS).


Decarbonising transport brings about several challenges as social equity and environmental sustainability are often in tension with one another. For instance, without guaranteeing viable and affordable sustainable transportation alternatives, some policy interventions that seek to reduce transport emission can disproportionately harm the accessibility and mobility of low-income communities and increase social exclusion.

This special issue aims to continue the discussions and push the boundaries on how advances in geospatial data science can be leveraged to promote development that balances social and environmental sustainability in transport and mobility to build more equitable neighborhoods and sustainable communities. We invite papers that develop new methods and technologies as well those applying existing geospatial analysis techniques to examine research questions at the intersection of social equity and sustainable mobility including but not limited to:

  • How do we reach socially and ecologically sustainable mobility that considers both people and the environment at the same time?
  • How can novel geographic artificial intelligence (GeoAI) methods contribute to the development of more inclusive and sustainable transport systems?
  • Can we develop accessibility measures that move beyond travel time and monetary costs to incorporate energy consumption and environmental costs?
  • How should we measure the trade-offs between environmental and social sustainability by investigating accessibility levels of different transport modes and mobility patterns?
  • How do urban form and land use patterns affect transportation choices and accessibility to different transportation options, and induce more or less sustainable mobility patterns?
  • Can we combine mobility and accessibility measures to better understand the drivers of sustainable transportation adoption and uncover inequalities based on gender, income, age, race etc.?
  • To what extent will the adoption of new transportation technologies, such as electric and autonomous vehicles create unintended conflicts between social equity and environmental goals?

Submission deadline

  • November 30, 2023

Guest editors

Prior to the special issue deadline, the guest editors of the special issue are co-organizing two workshops related to this topic at the 12th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience ’23). These workshops will take place on September 12, 2023 and all are invited to participate. More details:

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