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Inspired by: FP7 » Less Bias Against Public Transport in Emerging Countries

version: 7 / updated: 2011-01-27
id: #1528 / version id: #61
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 7 - Transport (including aeronautics)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

SST: Ensuring sustainable urban mobility

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Signal's headline

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Less Bias Against Public Transport in Emerging Countries

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Increasing public awareness towards sustainable mobility and a broad acceptance for public transportation services in Europe have helped to change the negative perception of it in emerging countries. It is perceived less as the means of transportation for the lower classes.


public transport, awareness, emerging countries, sustainable mobility, bias


(max. 250 characters)
Increasing public awareness towards sustainable mobility and a broad acceptance for public transportation services in Europe have helped to change the negative perception of public means of transport in emerging countries.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 The infrastructure in emerging countries is improved and public transportation is introduced much more broadly. continuation
very beneficial
#2 An increased usage of public transport might lead to positive effects on air quality in crowded city centres of megacities in emerging and developing countries. discontinuation
very beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

support from the EU for improving the infrastructure and to strongly push the introduction of public transportation in emerging countries


please specify
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region emerging and developing countries, especially in Latin America and Sub-Sahara Africa

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social higher acceptance for public transportation will foster its use
Political politics have to ensure not only convenient but also safe means of public transportation

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
before 2015 improved mobility for everyones
between 2015-2025 better air quality in urban areas; improvements in infrastructure

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) support public transportation systems and guarantee more safety
Business actors (incl. SMEs) international companies: no longer focus only on industrial countries but also meet the needs of emerging countries
Academic/Research sector research on concepts for public transport systems in emerging countries
Media inform general public within the country about convenient and safe public transportation systems in other parts of the world

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change
Crime and terrorism
Social exclusion & poverty
Social cohesion and diversity
Energy security/dynamics
Globalization vs. localization
Urban and rural dynamics
Sustainability and climate change

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Transport (including aeronautics)
Social Sciences and Humanities
Regional development

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening research institutions and universities

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
R&D has to focus on sustainable mobility concepts, which enable mobility in urban conglomeration areas and in rural areas (e.g. by further improving bus rapid transit systems and developing new railway technologies).