Lectures 2022

Public online lecture series "Mobility analysis and planning for human-scale cities"

The lecture series, arranged by the Mobility Lab, University of Tartu, features experts and leading scholars in the field of mobility and transport from Estonia and beyond. The lecture series seeks to answer the question of how to promote human-scale, sustainable, and just cities through mobility analysis and transport planning. The lectures address transport policy, the social, environmental and health aspects of mobility and transport, traditional and novel methods in mobility analysis and transport planning, and innovative technologies and future solutions and their social impact.

Check the schedule and recordings of the lectures from 2022 below.

The lecture series is part of the “Transport Planning” course at the University of Tartu and therefore, some of the lectures are held in Estonian.

More information: Siiri Silm (siiri.silm@ut.ee), Age Poom (age.poom@ut.ee)

Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu  


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The series is supported by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network action CCAMEU—Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility: EU and Australasian Innovations



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Johann Peetre

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications 

March 10 14:15–15:30 (UTC+02:00) Lecture is in Estonian

Transport and Mobility 2035 Action Plan

Johann Peetre is working as an expert at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Transport Development and Investments Department. He led the compilation of the Transport and Mobility 2035 Action Plan of Estonia and is currently working with the topics of the transition to sustainable transport and smart transport systems.  


Dr. Karl Saidla

University of Tartu 

March 15 14:15–5:30 (UTC+02:00)

Active transportation policy – what, why, how?

Karl Saidla is a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Tartu’s Mobility Lab, where his research compares the bike share systems of Tartu and Helsinki from the perspective of public policy. Overall, his research explores what governmental approaches are most likely to help sustain and grow active transportation rates. He has a particular interest in Nordic cases and given their comparability with his home country’s (i.e., Canada’s) context. His PhD thesis compared the promotion of walking, cycling, and public transit use in Ottawa, Canada, and Helsinki.


Tõnis Arjus

Tartu City Government

March 17 14:15–15:30 (UTC+02:00) Lecture is in Estonian

The development and future of cities

Tõnis Arjus is the City Architect and Head of the Department of Urban Development of Tartu City Government. In his work, Arjus combats urban sustainability issues and trade-offs, aiming to provide safe, compact and human-friendly urban space for all.   




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Prof. Malene Freudendal-Pedersen

Aalborg University

March 22 14:15–15:30 (UTC+02:00)

Sustainable mobilities in the human-scale city  

Malene Freudendal-Pedersen is a Professor in Urban Planning at Aalborg University and leads the Planning for Urban Sustainability research group. She has an interdisciplinary background linking sociology, geography, urban planning, and the sociology of technology. Her research has been strongly inspired by the mobilities turn. Previously, her work was primarily focused on investigating everyday life practices of mobilities. Currently, she investigates the transition into sustainable mobilities and its impact on everyday life communities, societies, and cities. 



Prof. Tuuli Toivonen

University of Helsinki

March 29 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00)

Analysing accessibility and mobility for planning of sustainable and equitable cities

Tuuli Toivonen is a Professor of Geoinformatics and the leader of the Digital Geography Lab at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of people and places, in both urban and natural areas, mostly using open/big data, spatial analytics, and machine learning approaches. Much of her work examines the mobility and accessibility of people from different perspectives and in different environments, using user-generated data (social media, mobile phone, sports apps, etc.) combined with traditional data sources. 


Prof. Marketta Kyttä

Aalto University

April 5 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00)

Place-based methods in the study of urban mobility and participatory transport planning 

Marketta Kyttä is a Professor in Land Use Planning. Her research interests within participatory planning and environmental psychology include human-friendly environments that promote health and wellbeing, active living, child- and age-friendly environments, and new methods for public participation. Her innovation, “softGIS” methodology, is an advanced example of PPGIS (public participation GIS) methodology.




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Marek Rannala

OÜ Liikuvusagentuur 

April 7 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00) Lecture is in Estonian

The role of (big) data in mobility analysis and transport planning 

Marek Rannala is a private consultant of sustainable mobility and transport and the development of public urban space at Liikuvusagentuur. He has been working with transport engineering, analysis, and logistics since 1997 and teaches urban mobility at the Estonian Academy of Arts since 2021. Previously, he has been leading mobility analysis and transport projects based on mobile phone data at Positium. 


Prof. Frank Witlox

Ghent University / University of Tartu

April 12 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00)

Modelling approaches in transport geography

Frank Witlox is Senior Full Professor of Economic Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at Ghent University. He is also Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu. His research focuses mainly on travel behaviour analysis and modelling. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transport Geography, a world-leading interdisciplinary journal focusing on the geographical dimensions of transport, travel, and mobility.


Assoc. Prof. Hans Orru

University of Tartu

April 19 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00) Lecture is in Estonian 

What are the health implications of mobility choices? 

Hans Orru is the Associate Professor in Environmental Health at the University of Tartu. His main research interests include environmental exposure to human health, such as the effects of air pollution, heat waves and noise in both indoor and outdoor conditions.  



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Prof. Anthony Elliott

University of South Australia

April 21 8:15–9:30 (UTC+03:00)

No one driving: technologies, systems, retrotopias  

Anthony Elliott is a Professor of Sociology and the Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network at the University of South Australia. Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist, and public intellectual. He writes about identity, society, globalisation, and the digital revolution. His research has had a lasting impact upon social theory and sociology worldwide. Currently, he leads several international teams investigating the social impact of digital technologies, robotics, and artificial intelligence. 


Dr. Jochen Wendel


April 26 14:15–15:30 (UTC+03:00)

Advancements in public transit to promote sustainable, connected, and seamless mobility

Jochen Wendel received his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. He also holds a master’s degree in Geomatics from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Since 2021, Dr. Wendel is an R&D Manager in the research team at INIT. His work focuses on novel advancements in the public transit sector, including digitalization, data and analytics to promote sustainable, connected and seamless mobility. Prior of joining INIT, Dr. Wendel has worked on several projects related to smart cities, location-based services, data mining and data visualisation with several state agencies and research institutes in the US and Germany. 




Lecture series programme 2022