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Sustainable Mobility, Affordable Cities: How do workplace sustainability plans shape transport affordability in Brussels and Sofia?

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Project "SuMAC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLEINLAAN 2
postcode: 1050

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BE (BRUSSEL) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

‘Sustainable Mobility, Affordable Cities: How do workplace sustainable mobility plans shape transport affordability in Brussels and Sofia?' is a 2-year research action. The project involves an innovative comparative study of workplace mobility management programmes in Brussels, Belgium and Sofia, Bulgaria. The research will shed light on the socio-economic effects of environmentally-focused mobility measures. The action will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the effects of workplace sustainable mobility plans on transport affordability for participating employees. The focus will be specifically on small privately owned businesses, and low-wage employees in sectors such as catering, cleaning and retail. These are sectors which have had limited involvement in sustainable travel planning to date. Alongside gathering key data, the project will help identify practical approaches to involving small employers in such inititatives.

Sustainability interventions in most European cities, including Brussels and Sofia, have had limited success to date in engaging such sectors in workplace mobility planning. Because of this, the research action incorporates an initial stage of identifying and recruiting up to four interested small employers, and working with them collaboratively to develop their workplace sustainable mobility plans. Following on from this initial phase inspired by action research methods, a quantitative survey and in-depth interviews will be used to grasp the effect of the sustainability measures on affordability. The unit of analysis will be the household, reflecting its importance in shaping travel behaviours. A mixed-method approach will incorporate quantitative aspects of expenditure alongside accessibility and everyday mobility practices. The project takes an integrative approach to environmental and social urban sustainability, with public engagement at the centre of the research design.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Anna Plyushteva
Commuting and the urban night: nocturnal mobilities in tourism and hospitality work
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 1940-7963, DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2018.1556673
Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events 2019-10-08
2017 Anna Plyushteva
Sustainable Mobility Measures in the Context of Travel to Work in the HoReCa Sector in Sofia and Brussels
published pages: , ISSN: 1312-3823, DOI:
Mechanics Transport Communication 15(2) 2019-07-26

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