Perspectives on Mobility in Transition


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. phil. Paul Thomes

Teaching and research area Economic, Social and Technology History

Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Streichfuss

Chair of Economic Geography and Senior Partner at Roland Berger

Contact Person

Lennart Göpfert, M. Sc.





Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Digital (Zoom)


Our mobility has changed frequently over time. Reasons for this include changing needs or new technologies. The various influencing factors often interact with each other. Drastic events (such as the Covid-19 pandemic) are further reasons for a reorientation of mobility. Which adjustments are necessary today? Which of them will endure? Considering factors such as social acceptance, economic viability or environmental compatibility. Does innovation take place in technical isolation or holistically? Eventually, mobility must be understood and developed as a dynamic socio-technical system, we argue. To answer these questions, a look into our history can help, because the present is a product of the past; those who understand this can shape the future.

This interdisciplinary course will critically examine mobility and its evolution. Various experts within and outside of the RWTH Aachen University and its region will discuss transformations of mobility with us. The focus will be on changes in the context of external factors, from the oil crises to the climate crisis, to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We would like to offer a space for concise impulses from high-ranking speakers, with whom intensive discussions will take place immediately afterwards. The course is also meant to be a space for you to test your innovative and independent ideas and approaches, which will be heard and are very welcome

On that note, we are looking forward to discussions with you!

Learning Outcomes

The contents of the course should enable the students to interpret mobility and its drivers systematically based on history as well as to accompany research and teaching actively and critically. Recommendations for the definition of sustainable mobility research and concepts are to be worked out independently.

Accordingly, the course attaches great importance to communication between students and experts; i.e., all sessions provide for a 45-minute discussion component. Target-oriented information and materials will be available in advance in the course room.




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Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.



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