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Challenges for Public Participation in Sustainable Urban Logistics Planning: The Experience of Rome

Ila Maltese (RomaTre University, Itlay)
Edoardo Marcucci (RomaTre University, Italy)
Valerio Gatta (RomaTre University, Italy)
Alessandro Sciullo (University of Turin, Italy)
Tom Rye (Molde University College, Norway and Urban Planning Institute of Slovenia)

Public Participation in Transport in Times of Change

ISBN: 978-1-80455-038-0, eISBN: 978-1-80455-037-3

Publication date: 3 May 2023


Public participation in policy-making can play a fundamental role in improving effectiveness via two mechanisms: strengthening the alignment between public needs and proposed measures, and increasing public consensus (and compliance) about them. It is, therefore, particularly relevant to foster public participation in sustainable mobility planning at the urban scale, as strongly recommended by the European Union, not only to avoid protests and resolve conflicts but also to find the best solutions for the city. Among many different tools and methodologies for implementing public participation, Living Labs have also shown great potential in enhancing the co-creation of strategies and measures for achieving sustainable mobility for both passengers and freight.

Through the analysis of the participatory process carried out by the municipality of Rome to support the definition of the Sustainable Urban Mobility and Logistics Plans, this chapter explores different involvement levels, tools and strategies in this field, with a particular focus on the innovative Logistics Living Lab developed in this city. This also contributes to filling a gap in the literature on how and to what extent citizens could or should participate in city logistics planning. The results of the analysis highlight that, despite these efforts, citizen participation in planning urban logistics is still a challenge that deserves additional effort and resources to be properly enhanced and improved and that a Living Lab offers great potential to meet this challenge. In turn, this case study could help policy-makers to identify solutions for more effective and acceptable measures to addressing city logistics and the externalities it generates.



Maltese, I., Marcucci, E., Gatta, V., Sciullo, A. and Rye, T. (2023), "Challenges for Public Participation in Sustainable Urban Logistics Planning: The Experience of Rome", Hansson, L., Sørensen, C.H. and Rye, T. (Ed.) Public Participation in Transport in Times of Change (Transport and Sustainability, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 77-95.



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