Congratulations to Dr Anne de Bortoli for her winning paper on the environmental impact of shared e-scooters.
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Welcome and opening remarks (Mary Crass, Head of Institutional Relations and Summit, ITF)

ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim introduces the ITF Young Researcher of the Year 2020

“Are e-scooters good for climate change?”
ITF Young Researcher of the Year 2020 Anne de Bortoli presents the findings of her award-winning study analysing the environmental impact of e-scooters in the city of Paris

Panel discussion (Moderator: Mary Crass)


  • An operator’s perspective (Sarah Badoux, Sustainability Lead at Voi Technologies)
  • Life-cycle analysis of micro-mobility (Pierpaolo Cazzola, Advisor Energy, Technology and Environmental Sustainability, ITF)
  • Regulation of e-scooters and micro-vehicles (Tatiana Samsonova, Policy Analyst, ITF)
  • The future of the e-scooter market/Reconfiguring urban space for new forms of urban mobility (Philippe Crist, Advisor Innovation and Foresight, ITF)

Q&A with participants

Anne de Bortoli of the University of Patras is winner of the ITF 2020 Young Researcher of the Year Award (photo)
Dr de Bortoli wins for a pioneering study on the environmental impact of shared e-scooters. The winner was chosen by a jury of international transport experts from 51 submissions representing 22 nationalities from five continents. 

Transport plays a central role for societies that seek to ensure economically and environmentally sustainable prosperity with the benefits more equally shared among all citizens. Each year, the International Transport Forum honours exceptional initiatives in the transport sector with its annual Transport Awards.
Young Researcher of the Year Award 
This award highlights the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation. It honours researchers under 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm from one of ITF's 60 member countries. The Award carries a prize of 5 000 euros.
The jury for the 2020 Award has received 51 submissions in total. The entries are from researchers spanning 22 nationalities from five continents. All applicants are aged between 26 and 34 years old.

The 2020 Award applications are from 41 different research institutions worldwide, including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA; Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands; Harvard Law School, USA; the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Due to travel restrictions in place to combat Covid-19, the 2020 Award will take place exclusively online on 27 May with ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim and presentation of the winning paper Register now


The four shortlisted papers:

Max Arnell of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Max Arnell delves into issues around micro-mobility, equity and urban planning with his research paper on Shared Electric Scooters and Transportation Equity: A Cross-City Analysis. Following a surge in shared electric scooters, Arnell examines patterns and differences in scooter use using trip-level scooter data from Nashville and San Diego, along with the Communities of Concern metric to assess marginalisation. He uses geographic analysis and a spatial regression model to identify associated factors, and uses Open Trip Planner to simulate scooter trips via public transit. His research finds, firstly that when rides originate in Communities of Concern, they are more likely to be of a greater distance. Secondly, that e-scooters generally have a time efficiency advantage over public transit on short trips. And thirdly, that scooter rebalancing activity is the most important factor in predicting scooter use. 

Anne de Bortoli of the University of Patras - Ecole Nationale des Ponts ParisTech. De Bortoli employs a consequential Life Cycle Assessment (cLCA) model to capture the environmental consequences of the entire cause and effect chain of urban mobility disruptions with her research paper, titled Transportation Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: Method and Application to the Emergence of Free-Floating E-Scooters in Paris. This method is applied to quantify the impact on climate change of the emergence of free-floating e-scooters (FFES) in Paris. A FFES user survey is conducted to estimate the modal shifts due to FFES. For the first time using cLCA, trip substitutions from all Parisian transport modes concerned are considered. Final results estimate that over one year, the FFES generated 11 000 extra tons of CO2eq under an assumption of 1 million users, mainly due to major shifts coming from lower-emissions modes (60% from metro and RER [regional train network], 22% from active modes). A scenario analysis shows that increasing the lifetime mileage is insufficient to achieve a positive balance. Instead, drastically reducing servicing emissions is required in Paris.

Rajali Maharjan of Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute. With his research paper, titled Integrating Sustainability in Supply Chain Network Design, Maharjan addresses a gap in the literature by developing three models to illustrate the sequential impact of integrating different components of sustainability on supply chain network design decisions. The first model incorporates the traditional efficiency-based objective, the second model incorporates two components of sustainability, and the third model incorporates all three components of sustainability to determine the optimal configuration of a supply chain network. Finally, numerical analysis is conducted to demonstrate the impact of integrating sustainability in supply chain network design and compare the results of the three models. 

Karin Markvica of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH. Markvica argued in her research paper, titled Promoting Active Mobility Behavior by Addressing Information Target Groups: The Case Of Austria, that an increase in active mobility can only be achieved by changing citizens’ mobility behaviour. Therefore, transport policy should focus on three things above all: 1) individuals’ decision-making processes, 2) providing adequate information sources and services, and 3) creating appropriate incentives and motivation. In order to reach people more effectively, efforts to bring about behavioural change must be target-group specific. Influencing factors such as mobility habits, attitudes towards transport modes, shared social norms and values must be considered. Markvica applies methods from social sciences to identify homogeneous groups of shared mobility-related information needs and extracts appropriate group-related arguments to promote active mobility (e.g. health, environment, costs, image, or adventure). The paper’s methodology consists of six comprehensively-defined homogeneous target groups derived from 12 qualitative focus groups. Moreover, a survey among a representative sample of 1 000 persons in Austria is presented. Based on the outcomes, customised concepts for each specific target group (arguments, information needs, and preferred information channels) have been developed. 


The top 12 Award submissions: 

Max Arnell
Shared Electric Scooters and Transportation Equity: A Cross-City Analysis

Anne de Bortoli
Transportation consequential Life Cycle Assessment: method and application to the emergence of free-floating e-scooters in Paris

Georg Brandstätter
Location of charging stations in electric car sharing systems.

Mengying Fu
Exploring Preferences for Transportation Modes in an Urban Air Mobility Environment: Munich Case Study

Maria Alonso Gonzalez
Drivers and barriers in adopting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – A latent class cluster analysis of attitudes

Marc Hasselwander
Towards Sustainable Transport in Developing Countries: The Demand for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in Metro Manila

Eleftheria Kontou
Reducing ride-hailing empty vehicle travel with future travel demand prediction

Rajali Maharjan
Integrating Sustainability in Supply Chain Network Design

Jai Malik
Who Wants to Share? Exploring the Factors that Affect the Frequency of Use of Ride-hailing and the Adoption of Shared Ride-hailing

Karin Markvica
Promoting active mobility behaviour by addressing information target groups: the case of Austria

Michele Simoni
Potential last‐mile impacts of crowd-shipping services: a simulation‐based evaluation

Liang Xiao
Automated taxis’ dial-a-ride problem with ride-sharing considering congestion-based dynamic travel times



Transport Achievement Award

This award recognises a demonstrated achievement linked to a significant innovation in sustainable development, across one or more of the transport modes. Innovations in transport policies, business models and technologies can play a critical role in mitigating transport-related emissions, pollution and congestion; providing a pathway to a sustainable future. Details of the 2021 edition of this award will follow.