Basel Sustainability Forum

vendredi 15. septembre 2017 12:30 - 17:00 — Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

The 2nd Basel Sustainability Forum: Mobility


The massive increase in mobility of people, goods, ideas, and data in quantity and speed poses tremendous challenges, but it also presents many opportunities for individuals, groups, regions, governments, businesses, and industries. Mobility is inseparable from urbanization, social transformation, scientific and technological advancement, socioeconomic development, prosperity and wellbeing, and, ultimately, sustainability. Here some examples from research foci on the so-called mobility turn:

  • The enormous opportunities for social and economic development associated with mobility, particularly for developing countries, and the thus arising environmental costs.
  • The incompatibility between mobility preferences and global sustainable development.
  • The limits of the current infrastructure and how it must be developed, despite an unknown future.
  • The disconnection between technological development and individual or societal needs.
  • The consequences of the shrinking of time and space for the economy and for social life.
  • Large-scale migration away from poverty- and conflict-ridden regions, from rural to urban areas, and from the heartlands toward coasts, and its impact on regional, national, and global politics and infrastructure inadequacy.
  • Incentive-based relocations of service and manufacturing centers and their consequences on accountability and governance, environmental and labor conditions, and on fiduciary and corporate responsibilities.

The 2nd Basel Sustainability Forum will address some of these issues, covering local as well as global links to mobility. It brings together representatives from academia, politics, and the private sector to discuss current and future developments of mobility systems and their consequences on the future of mobility.

The event is public and free of charge.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the Conference Secretariat


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