Do you have an innovative venture that is helping to reshape mobility in cities or across regions?



3 cash prizes
Travel to present on the world stage at Rio +20 in June 2012


SMART [Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan] with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, seek to identify and recognize notable New Mobility enterprises worldwide, with special recognition for young entrepreneurs, those offering integrated solutions, and those benefiting the everyday life or the urban poor as well as other vulnerable urban people. All entrepreneurs addressing mobility and accessibility challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions and business models are encouraged to apply.

Each application will be evaluated by a prestigious jury of experts in the field and by the online public to decide the winners of the two New Mobility Prizes and one People’s Choice Award. All qualifying applicants – even those who are not prize winners, will be profiled in the first international online listings for New Mobility Entrepreneurs, an exciting new cyberspace for promoting and networking New Mobility entrepreneurs locally and worldwide.


Each prize includes a $5,000 cash award as well as travel to present your work and receive the prize in person at the Entrepreneurs Session of the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Your venture must be up and running and legal.


Applications open soon. Check the SMART Blog to keep updated on the latest news (um-­ For more information, please email:


Energy Scenarios – Construction, Assessment, Impact: doctoral scholarships

The Helmholtz International Research School “Energy Scenarios – Construction, Assessment, Impact” invites applications from highly qualified and motivated individuals for

6 Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarship: 1200 €/month; Scholarship excluding additional auxiliary income to commence in April, 2012.

The International Research School in Energy Scenarios is a common institution of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with partners from the University of Stuttgart, ISI Fraunhofer Institute and German Aerospace Centre (DLR). The research school provides an internationally unique opportunity to become an outstanding researcher in energy scenario analysis. It provides high quality training for doctoral researchers in a structured, three year’s program. Our researchers will gain comprehensive knowledge of the construction techniques of scenarios, the system boundaries in the energy sector, as well as be able to make in‐depth valuations of energy scenario assessments, and their impacts on decision‐makers, politicians, population etc.

Successful candidates are expected to work in one of the following research projects:

Methods of social context inclusion in energy scenario construction
Responsible Partner:  Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology
Development (ZIRN) – University of Stuttgart
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in sociology or political science
Further information: http://www.zirn‐‐grk.htm

Perspectives of electricity storages with respect to the integration of high shares of renewable energies into the German supply system
Responsible Partner:  German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Stuttgart
Supervisor: Thomas Pregger and Yvonne Scholz
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in engineering, economics or related disciplines

Dimensionality of energy systems models – influence on the results of energy scenarios
Responsible Partner:  IER – Institute of Energy Economics and the Rationale Use of Energy, University of Stuttgart
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alfred Voß
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in engineering, economics or related disciplines

The perception and reception of energy scenarios by its users: an empirical analysis
Responsible Partner:  Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) – Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in philosophy

The role of global passenger road transport within energy scenarios
Responsible Partner:  Institute for Industrial Production – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in economics, engineering or related disciplines

Long‐term Final Energy Demand Analysis
Responsible Partner: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Wietschel
Condition of Employment: Diploma or Master in economics, engineering or related disciplines


The deadline for application for up to 2 research projects (please indicate 1st and 2nd choice) is December 16, 2011. We encourage especially women to apply for scientific positions. Handicapped with equal qualifications will be preferred. Short listed candidates will be invited for an oral presentation and interviews in February 2011.

Please submit electronic applications with the customary documentation (letter of motivation including personal research interests (one page), curriculum vitae, graduation documents, grade sheets, other certificates and a letter of recommendation to Dr. Julia Johnsen:


Awards for Faculty Research in International Business

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) announces its faculty research awards for 2012. This competition is open to all full-time faculty in all University of Michigan schools and departments. For more information contact Brad Farnsworth, CIBER Director, at 936-3917 or at Applications will be accepted until 28 November 2011.


New mobility

Author: Tony La Viña

Last week I began a new series of columns on the transportation challenges of Metro Manila, proposing a change of paradigm from understanding our current problem to be one from traffic to a transportation, or better still a mobility, perspective. When I sent that first column to Fr. Jett Villarin SJ, president of the Ateneo de Manila, he reminded me to also propose solutions to the problems I exposed. That is exactly what I do in today’s column, written again with the research collaboration of Christian Laluna and the Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid team of the Ateneo School of Government which is implementing with the Metro Manila Development Authority a Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored project on Manila’s transportation challenges. In this column, I propose an overall vision for solving our transportation challenges, a vision defined by a concept I introduced last week, that of “new mobility.”

New mobility’s convenience and reliability is rooted in a simple phrase used by Susan Zielinski of University of Michigan’s Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation: “More choices, more connected choices.” Breaking it down, Zielinski describes new mobility as “open source, multi-modal, multi-service, IT-enhanced user focused, socially equitable, aesthetic livable whole systems transportation.” It combines innovative transportation and communication technology with smart urban planning, human-friendly engineering and design, and an emphasis on social equity, so that the poor, the handicapped, the young, and the old (and yes, the rich, too!) can get anywhere in the metro for work and play, even without a motor vehicle of their own. The real game changer, according to Zielinski, is what turns “public transport” into “urban mobility”: modality and seamlessness. It’s connecting all the mobility options of the metro—cars and bikes, buses and trains, modes and services and technologies, public and private—into a smooth-flow network that anyone can use, so that there’s no place in the city that you cannot get even without a single occupancy vehicle.

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Smart Mobile Cities: Opportunities for Mobile Operators to Deliver Intelligent Cities

Smart cities employ innovative digital services layers, that use sensing & control, analytics and ubiquitous communications, to optimise these scarce resources. By empowering the citizens and businesses to make better decisions about how to travel or transport goods more efficiently or, to understand the real time cost of using electrical appliances, this will enable people to make better use of these resources, and allow cities to allocate resources more efficiently; in parallel saving costs and transitioning the city to a low carbon economy.

Mobile operators have a fundamental role to play in this emerging multibillion dollar value chain. Operators collectively own the network infrastructure best placed to deliver digital urban services to future citizens.  Operators are also well positioned to provide the technology platform from which these future services can be delivered, and in some markets to deliver end-to-end services direct to consumers.  Beyond the technology challenge, there is also a significant need to orchestrate the disparate ecosystems, which is something that operators are well placed to achieve.  However, they need to act soon to seize this opportunity as competition is intense at all layers of smart city services provision.

A large volume of literature on ‘Smart’ or ‘Intelligent’ cities has been produced, but little analysis has been done on the business propositions for specific smart city value chain participants, including the mobile operators.  This report focuses on the communications technology value proposition within new build, developing market and developed market smart cities. The purpose of the report is to encourage telecom operators to focus investment and resource on the smart city market opportunity, and to equip operators with compelling arguments for persuading mayors and city governance bodies that develop a smart city vision and roadmap for the next decade (with telecom operators as valuable partners to help with the delivery of this vision).

This report identifies mobile payments and ticketing, intelligent energy management and analytics and commercial insight as the spear-head opportunities that operators should look to pursue in cities around the world.  These services combine the largest benefit with the greatest ease of implementation, and are therefore most applicable opportunities for near term, large scale pilots.

Read the full report at


Poticha, Blumenauer Tout Livability Push, Look Ahead to 2013

Author: Matt Dellinger

Earlier this month, Shelley Poticha, the senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in charge of the office of Sustainable Communities, flew into Madison, Wisconsin, to visit the annual gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism. It was after dinner on a Thursday night, and a small group of community leaders from across the country gathered in a vacant ballroom to hear the latest on livability from Poticha, the former president of Reconnecting America, an organization that promotes transit-oriented development, and a former executive director of the CNU (she has the group’s charter on her office wall, she told the group).

Many of the planners and architects and local officials had been on the receiving end of her initiative’s Sustainable Communities planning grants, some $150 million of which were awarded last October. The grants—and indeed Poticha’s office in general—seek to encourage cooperation and coordination at the local level among federal agencies, primarily the U.S. Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture. As Lynn Richards, a representative from the EPA, described it that night, “When you’re putting in a road, you’re doing your storm water management at the same time, then you can facilitate the clean-up of a brownfield site next to your transportation hub and have affordable housing on top of that.”

To those who’d come to meet Poticha, the benefits of this type of coordination were obvious, and they were grateful for it. For over an hour, grant recipients took turns describing how far this federal collaboration (and largess) would carry their communities—urban and rural, in every state in the country—toward greater cohesion and sustainability.

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