Master of Public Policy   Master of International Affairs  

Policy options for a transition to clean mobility

To achieve net-zero emission targets announced by numerous countries, a transformation of mobility is required. The transport sector is characterised by complex interaction of market frictions for the development and deployment of novel technologies, the lock-in generated by existing transport infrastructures and behavioural barriers to change mobility patterns. This makes it challenging to design effective policies to decarbonise transportation.

The course aims to familiarise students with the main technological, economic, and political challenges of decarbonising transportation. The focus of the class will lie on policy options, in particular the instruments available to policy makers and their interaction. Lectures will mostly focus on recent developments in the EU and Germany. Examples will be drawn from academic contributions based on theoretical and numerical approaches and will be presented in a way that is accessible to all students, without requiring knowledge of specific methodologies or mathematical details. All modes of transport will be covered, with a focus on road transport.

Throughout the semester, students will be asked to transfer their insights to selected countries to identify the most important challenges and opportunities to decarbonise transport and to assess policy options that could foster such a mobility transition.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.