Organisational empowerment for integrated planning

This dimension comprises of examining and analysing existing organisational and institutional frameworks which leads to an overview of governance approaches at all levels for the implementation toolbox. This relates to a broad array of concepts regarding institutional embedding, issues of institutional capacity, culture and setting and governance models at all institutional levels. It also entails development of governance approaches for different situations (transport-land-use combinations, at different scales) related to partnerships: inter-governmental cooperation (public-public partnerships), market involvement (public-private partnerships), stakeholder engagement (citizens, interest groups), and governance of organisational networks.


This comprises analysing different governance approaches and organisational framework at all institutional levels.

With respect to logistics/freight aspects: urban freight transport is a niche discipline in the wide variety of transport services. This niche is confronted with a vast set of regulations: could be vehicle related (loading weight), emission related (EURO Norms), fuels related (alternative fuels directive), time related (time windows), incentive-based (e.g. subsidy schemes) or infrastructure related (e.g. UCC’s and loading bays). In Vital Nodes the institutional dimension regards what institutional design is most effective for a certain case (urban node, grouping of urban nodes) to achieve integration of urban nodes in the network corridors and linking long-distance transport with last-mile freight-delivery. This entails also issues of institutional embedding, governance models as well as issues of the cultural setting, resulting in solutions for inter-governmental cooperation (public-public partnerships), market involvement (public-private partnerships), stakeholder engagement (users, citizens, interest groups), the governance of organisational networks, and smart mixes of these.