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Alternative Mobility Narratives

University of Amsterdam via Coursera


Ready to imagine a radically different mobility future? This course is about the stories that we tell ourselves about why and how we move. By critically examining our current narratives, we help you think about mobility in a new way. Using systems dynamics modelling, we explore how a mobility innovation (of your choice) impacts our mobility system as a whole, for better or for worse. This course will invite you to reflect on our mainstream mobility narrative built on engineering and economics. But warning: you may end up never looking at mobility in the same way again!

This online course is supported by the EIT Urban Mobility’s Competence Hub. EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) that has been working since January 2019 to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more sustainable and liveable places.


  • Week 1: Why Mobility Language Matters
  • Week 2: The Dominant Narrative: Mobility as Disutility
  • Week 3: Alternative 1: Mobility as Unnecessity
  • Week 4: Alternative 2: Commoning Mobility
  • Week 5: Alternative 3: Mobility as Play
  • Week 6: Alternative 4: Mobility as Interaction
  • Week 7: Final Assignment

Taught by

Marco te Brömmelstroet and George Liu

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