While desk research activities are necessary to outline and update our understanding of the field, the significance of end-users’ knowledge and experiences in shaping better mobility solutions is gaining more and more momentum. HiReach is achieving this via active engagement of end-users in the local study regions according to their social and spatial mobility-related characteristics and their mobility demand and ambitions. A handpicked number of regions and corresponding case studies regarding mobility exclusion/inclusion will be explored via fieldwork, relying also on focus group discussions with users and stakeholders
Six study areas have been selected during the inception phase of the project, aiming to provide an in-depth understanding of transport and accessibility problems experienced in different countries, both at urban and rural levels.
In each local case study, the analysis phase includes public consultations among local authorities, transport operators, representatives of interest groups (e.g. persons with disabilities, unemployed persons, children, elderly, migrants, other vulnerable to exclusion citizens). It will also include the establishment of focus groups and in-depth interviews with local professionals and stakeholders’ organisations.
By leveraging the case studies and their experience, and relying on the networks existing in the targeted regions, HiReach conducts a micro-perspective analysis, e.g. the understanding of very specific sub-groups.
The first round of the fieldwork activities has been implemented in the selected regions leading to very interesting results. The overview of the work implemented so far is available here.
Learn about the target regions and find more information about each case study (in national language) and join HiReach activities in your area: