Third-party funded project

StadtQuartier4.1 – Development and Implementation of Flexible City-Hubs in the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region

Research department: Economy and Civil Society

IRS Research Topic: New Social Practices Research on Innovation Processes

Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann

Project Team: Dr. Ralph Richter

Consortium: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Coordination) LNC LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH Fraunhofer Institute Production Systems and Design Technology INSEL-PROJEKT.BERLIN GmbH

Funding Organization: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Duration: 05/2020 - 05/2022


At the intersection of technical and social innovation, the project "Stadtquartier 4.1" seeks to find out, if and how the introduction of novel logistics and mobility services (such as automated parcel pick-up stations and cargo-bike sharing) in a neighbourhood impacts on local dwellers' behaviours and attitudes related to logistics. Secondly, it seeks to understand the communicative and participatory processes which lead to the introduction of said services into a neighbourhood. Thirdly, it investigates, if and how the social acceptance for novel logistics and mobility services systematically varies between urban and sub-urban environments. The IRS sub-project within the consortium provides knowledge, if and under which conditions technical innovations in the field of urban logistics establish in society and contribute to sustainable urban development.

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