Elinor Ostromgebouw
Elinor Ostromgebouw

NWO grant for research on mobility for a sustainable future

The TRIAS-project has received funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), as part of the KIC Call 'Mobility in a sustainable future'. As part of TRIAS, researchers will look at how to deliver more local and digital healthcare to reduce the need to travel.

This call falls under the main Mission line of the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant (KIC) and is an outgrowth of the Energy and Sustainability Knowledge and Innovation Agenda. The aim of the call is to develop future visions for mobility and innovative personal mobility systems in a sustainable future Netherlands. New approaches, solutions and narratives are needed to deal with the insecurities of present and future innovations.

A transformation of mobility is needed to help solve pressing societal challenges such as climate change, the energy transition, mental and physical health, and social inequality. New approaches to transport and public spaces require a systemic perspective, out-of-the-box thinking and new innovations. The consortia were therefore asked to involve ‘unusual suspects’ such as national thought leaders and artists, and to establish partnerships between multidisciplinary research groups and private and public parties.


Within the call, two projects will receive a combined funding of 2.3 million euros from NWO. Another 650.000 euros in cofinancing will be contributed by civil society and private partners. Of the two projects, one features multiples researchers associated with Radboud University's Institute for Management Research and the Radboud university medical hospital.  This project, titled 'Triple AccesS planning (TRIAS): a new narrative integrating digital, spatial and physical mobility', is Karst Geurs of the University of Twente. Coapplicants include Sander Lenderink and Vincent Marchau from Radboud University, and co-funders include Patrick Jeurissen from the Radboudumc.  Other partners include Marcel Olde Rikkert from Radboudumc and Carlo Buise of Radboud University. 

Reducing the demand for travel is difficult as because mobility concerns are typically not included in the decision- making processes of many mobility- generating sectors, including the health sector. This sector stands is at the beginning of a transition to cope with the projected increases in healthcare demand and costs in the next decades. The dDigitalisation of the healthcare sector provides opportunities to deliver more local and digital healthcare, thus reducing the need to travel. However, the necessary integrated frameworks and organisational arrangements are lacking. This research aims to integrate Triple Access System Planning (TRIAS) Sstrategies in healthcare processes and business cases to improve the healthcare organisation, accessibility and quality of healthcare.