The Mobility Lab of the Department of Geography is participating in an international cooperation project in the Baltic Sea region aiming to develop university campuses as innovation hubs and high-quality urban environment for users, residents, and businesses, contributing to new job creation in the local economy.
In the joint project, Mobility Lab is studying the space-time use of the users of campus facilities in order to understand locational impacts of university campuses on user behavior, activity locations and mobility as well as the resulting environmental load. We examine space‐time‐use of students and staff members side‐by‐side with the various functionality of the space, e.g. the presence of cafes, pubs and restaurants, groceries, other shops and multi‐use environments, or in‐ and outside recreation facilities, as well as accessibility of the facilities. The survey is enabled by the use of GPS‐equipped smart phones with YouSense software.
The results of our study will help to develop knowledge-based planning guidelines for universities and local governments. The joint outcome of the project will be integrated urban management plans, developed together with city planners, governments, campus developers, and stakeholder groups.
The project is led by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The other project partners are City of Helsinki, Riga Planning Region, University of Latvia, Stockholm University, University of Uppsala and University of Turku. The project will end in 2018. It is supported by the Central Baltic Programme of European Regional Development Fund.
Homepage of the project: http://livebalticcampus.eu/
The project team of Mobility Lab:
Head of research: prof. Rein Ahas, rein.ahas[at]ut.ee
Project coordination: Kristi Post, kristi.post[at]ut.ee
Research coordination: Age Poom, age.poom[at]ut.ee