New scenarios for safe mobility in urban areas: emerging topics from an international debate

Keywords: sustainable development, urban and mobility strategies, lexicometric analysis


The paper presents the emerging topics of the international debate for safe mobility in urban areas with an innovative interpretation. This is the bibliometric mapping of the most recurrent concepts (keywords) of almost 80 scientific publications. The paper framework moves from the issue of the “sustainability” of cities to the “safe” and “innovative” city through a mobility lens. In Europe by 2030 cities have to become climate-neutral and some main urban strategy to achieve this result is focused on transport and mobility sectors. The interpretation of the bibliometric mapping results leads to highlighting the shortcomings of some topics within the scientific debate. The Qualiquantitaive Data Analysis was applied to set the interdependency among research fields and better understand the interrelation among the different topics. The key concepts of ‘time’ and ‘innovation’ don’t emerge clearly as an object of research and they will be included in future reflections about the transformative capacity of the city through sustainability and in the development of city strategies.


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Author Biographies

Michèle Pezzagno, Università degli Studi di Brescia

Michèle Pezzagno is Associate Professor in Town and country planning (SSD ICAR/20) at the University of Brescia. Her main scientific research fields dealt with: accessibility and road safety in urban environments focusing on vulnerable road users; quality of urban public space; open spaces renewal applying resilient city concepts; sustainable development strategies applied to spatial/town planning tools.

Anna Richiedei, Università degli Studi di Brescia

Environmental Engineer, Ph.D., Research fellows of Town and regional planning in the University of Brescia, where she teaches Analysis of urban and regional systems and Ethics for environmental sustainability. Her main research fields are: regional and urban planning, sustainability of urban settlement, environmental assessments and soil consumption containment.


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How to Cite
PezzagnoM., & RichiedeiA. (2022). New scenarios for safe mobility in urban areas: emerging topics from an international debate. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 243-251.
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