AG2804 Transport, Communication and Sustainable Development 7.5 credits

Transporter, kommunikationer och hållbar utveckling

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • account for sustainability concepts and indicators, discuss visions of sustainable transport and compare with properties of present transport systems.
  • describe alternative energy futures and their relations to climate change and explain the role of transport systems in different scenarios.
  • discuss the potential for technological development in transport and infrastructure systems in relation to different energy scenarios.
  • describe how scenarios and backcasting can be used to analyse sustainable transport systems
  • apply scenarios and forecasting for analysis of sustainable transport options
  • analyse relationships between urban development and mobility patterns and their implications for sustainability
  • account for how mobility and communication patterns are analyzed and explained within the social sciences, i.e. human geography, psychology, sociology and anthropology.
  • select and synthesise policies and strategies for approaching sustainable transport.

Course main content

  • Sustainability concepts and indicators. Visions of sustainable transport systems and assessment of the present situation.
  • Energy futures and climate change – the role of the transport system.
  • The potential for technological development in transport and infrastructure systems in relation to various energy futures.
  • Scenarios and backcasting as tools for analysing sustainable transport.
  • Scenarios and forecasting as tools for analysing sustainable transport.
  • Sustainable urban development and mobility.

Overview of important methods and results concerning mobility and sustainability within the  social sciences, for instance regarding individual travel habits and social patterns of mobility and electronic communication

  • Strategies and policies for approaching sustainable transport

The content of the course is presented in lectures on methodology and applications. Further training on concrete examples is provided in tutorials in the form of case studies, exercises or study visits. In a project assignment, the student will analyse the sustainability impacts of a plan, a policy or a project in a transport context. The resulting analysis should be summarised in a report to be presented and discussed in a seminar.


Bachelor’s degree in architecture or landscape architecture, civil engineering in the built environment or equivalent, urban and regional planning, social or natural sciences,  comprising at least 30 hp in the field of urban, transport or regional planning, or environmental sciences

For singel course students: 150 university credits (hp) including 45 university credits (hp) in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Sciences or Civil Engineering in the Built Environ­­ment, and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.


Preliminarily, the course literature will be based on articles in scientific journals and other available Internet sources. A complete reading list will be provided at the home page of the course.


  • INLA - Assignment, 3.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written exam and project assignment

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Jonas Åkerman,


Göran Finnveden <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2014.