The Local Authority Perspective on EU–Funded Collaborative Projects

Andree Woodcock, Ann Marie Nienaber, Janet Saunders, Sebastian Spundflasch, Sunil Budhdeo, Fadden Hopper Keelan Fadden Hopper, Guiseppe Estivio

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The EU, through various funding streams, continues to invest heavily on sustainable mobility to reduce congestion, carbon emissions, improve inclusivity, health and well-being, etc. This is leading to new methods, tools and processes, service propositions and technical innovations (in engineering and computing). Local authorities are responsible for the design and delivery of transport services in their cities. As such they may be regarded as one of the end users of the vast amount of material that is produced by projects such as SUITS. They can also receive funding to participate in some capacity, in many of the programmes, e.g. to run technology trials, to attend training events. This chapter takes a reflective approach to understanding the experience of local authority partners, what were their expectations, what were the costs and benefits, and what recommendations would they make for others to ensure they received maximum benefit if they were invited to participate in future projects. These insights are useful for the designers of research programmes, project managers and local authorities who might be invited into a consortium.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCapacity Building in Local Authorities for Sustainable Transport Planning
EditorsAndree Woodcock, Janet Saunders, Keelan Fadden-Hopper, Eileen O'Connell
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-6962-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-6961-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, Transport for West Midlands.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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