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Dirk von Schneidemesser
"Mobility, Consumer Behavior, and Retailer Perceptions"

Improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure contribute to sustainable transport goals and benefits local business. City officials are often weary to pursue these measures when they often involve redistributing public space. One common example is replacing private car storage with bike lanes. We surveyed 136 business owners about their perceptions of their customers’ mobility behavior and interviewed 2,019 potential consumers on two shopping streets in Berlin to learn more about the motivations for opposition to changes toward sustainable transport infrastructure. Our results indicate that retailers overestimate car use and underestimate active transport. Further, potential customers more often live close to their shopping destinations than retailers imagine. Our findings can help explain the opposition of local business to sustainable transport infrastructure and offer a knowledge basis for better informed decision-making regarding urban land use in cities.

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Dirk von Schneidemesser is a social scientist and research associate in the project "Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice" at the IASS Potsdam. Before coming to the IASS, he completed his dissertation on the communication of policy options for sustainable local transport at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Dirk received his M.A. from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg and FLACSO Argentina in Buenos Aires. Dirk is part of the Berlin based initiative Changing Cities e.V. which is responsible for the co-creation of Germany's first bicycle law, passed in 2018.

Upcoming Tuesday Talks

May 25, 2021
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"Net Zero Emission: Costly Commitment or Social Need in case of Small Economy Developing Country"

June 1, 2021
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"Exploring Subnational Climate Governance Policies in the Brazil´s Legal Amazon – challenges and opportunities of cross-border transformative co-creation"

Previous Tuesday Talks

May 11, 2021:
Volker Rachold

Science Diplomacy for the Polar Regions

April 13, 2021:
Nicole de Paula
"Planetary Health: Re-Imagining Human Health in the Anthropocene"

March 30, 2021:
Natalia Realpe Carrillo
"Impact-Driven and Action-Based Research Project (IMPACT-R)"

March 23, 2021:
Parul Kumar

"Unpackaging the Packaging Sector and other Learnings from my Fellowship"

February 23, 2021:
Stephan Lorenz

"Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research: Sociological Reflection, Procedural Perspectives and Professional Cooperation"

February 16, 2021:
Natalia Realpe Carrillo, Sebastian Groh, Shonali Pachauri and Gunther Bensch

Five years of the MTF to measure energy access -  
Practices, lessons learned, & outlook for cost-efficiently tracking progress towards SDG 7


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