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Karolina Isaksson is a Senior Researcher at the department of Mobility, Actors and Planning Processes at VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at the Division of Urban and Regional Studies at KTH, Stockholm, and affiliated to K2, the Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport.


  • June 12: The Planning and Governance urban mobility: The Devil is in the Detail

    Public transport authorities’ strategies to develop and govern MaaS across six Nordic cities

    The poster will illustrate the different governance strategies that the six regions have developed in relation to MaaS. As earlier research has shown (Smith et al 2018), this depends in part on how formal institutional conditions, as well as the overarching national political context differs across the four countries. In addition, our analysis shows that the various strategies are also a consequence of specific factors in each urban region, such as how the public transport authority is positioned in a wider regional political landscape, its organisational culture and internal roles and relations. We also emphasise the use and role of pilot projects as key in understanding the framing of MaaS. Pilot projects are indeed critical sites of governance for the development of new mobility services, such as MaaS.
    Overall, the poster will highlight the importance of a deeper understanding of the governance dimensions related to MaaS. The overarching approaches, as well as the specific projects, currently being developed in the regions are significant for the possible outcomes of MaaS in the long run. By highlighting different strategies, possibilities and challenges in the six Nordic regions, the study contributes to the overall understanding of how certain approaches affect the direction the development of the MaaS concept may take, and under what conditions it may contribute to long term sustainable development.