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Transport Policy for Clean Air

Delve into cleaner modes of transport to discover how transport policy affects air quality, citizen health, and liveability.

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Transport Policy for Clean Air

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Learn how transport planning can contribute to population health

How we plan the transport in our cities can affect preventable health risks, including our exposure to air pollution.

Reducing congestion, one of the major contributors to poor air quality, and designing efficient transport systems to support growing populations remains a pressing issue for many city leaders.

On this three-week course, you’ll discover how a focus on cleaner transport can improve population health and urban liveability. By the end, you’ll understand the best practices for implementing transport policy for healthier changes.

Delve into low-car urbanism

You’ll explore the different approaches that can help reduce car use in urban areas as you uncover what makes an effective city for cycling, walking, and using public transport.

From influencing user behaviour to exploring mobility environments, you’ll discover how cities can be transformed into a place of low-car urbanism.

Understand the benefits of electric vehicles and shared mobility

You’ll delve into the use of cleaner modes of transport such as electric vehicles, shared mobility, and freight.

You’ll also be exposed to new design tools such as health impact assessments. With these tools, you can show how population health can be improved with transport, with the change in air pollution exposure measured and assessed for impact.

Learn the fundamentals of transport policy from the experts at RMIT University

Finally, you explore the best practices for implementing transport policy to understand how positive change can happen.

With the guidance of the specialists at RMIT University and through the exploration of case studies, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge of how transport policy can help improve air quality and in turn, the health of the population.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Avoiding and shifting transport tasks to cleaner modes

    • Course welcome

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the content that will be covered during this course. You will also get an overview of the topics covered during the first week of this course.

    • ‘Software' approaches to reducing car use in urban areas

      In this activity, you will explore financial and behavioural instruments that can be used in reducing car use in urban areas.

    • ‘Hardware' approaches to reducing car use in urban areas

      In this activity, you will explore infrastructure and urban form instruments that can be used in reducing car use in urban areas.

    • Low-car urbanism

      In this activity, you will explore the public transport city and the walking/cycling city.

    • Weekly wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight on what to expect in the new week.

  • Week 2

    Cleaner transport - electric mobility and freight

    • Welcome to Week 2

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the topics that will be covered during this week.

    • Vehicle electrification

      In this activity, you will explore the benefits and limitations of converting petroleum-based vehicle fleets to electric propulsion.

    • Shared and micromobility

      In this activity, we look at the expansion of urban mobility options as new ownership models and vehicle types emerge.

    • Freight transport

      In this activity, you will learn more about the role of urban logistics in creating cleaner and more liveable cities.

    • Dilemma task

      In this activity, you will have an opportunity to apply this week’s insights to a salient policy question.

    • Weekly wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight on what to expect in the new week.

  • Week 3

    Air quality and transport policy change

    • Welcome to Week 3

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the topics that will be covered during this week.

    • Antagonistic planning

      In this activity, you will investigate practical examples of policy contestation in transport planning and their outcomes.

    • Consensual planning

      In this activity, you will investigate practical examples of stakeholder reconciliation in transport planning.

    • Course wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight into other courses in this series.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe 'software' (behavioural) and 'hardware' (infrastructural) approaches to reducing car use
  • Describe how road transport tasks can be avoided, shifted to cleaner modes, shared between users or improved technologically
  • Investigate the electrification of urban and regional mobility, and the role of freight transport in cities
  • Explain the role of urban logistics in creating cleaner and more liveable cities
  • Identify barriers and opportunities for the implementation of sustainable transport policies

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those working in urban mobility and sustainable urban development, or those interested in working in these fields.

Who will you learn with?

Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University and lead educator of this course. Jan researches how to improve transport networks and urban spaces to enable more sustainable mobility in cities.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

    1887
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2022

EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

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