COST Action TU1305

Social Networks and Travel Behaviour

European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research COST

Duration: 03.2014 – 03.2018
Funding: Horizon 2020


The COST Action aims to initiate a new collaboration framework for the various European research groups in urban transport and urban networks including sociology, transport research urban planning, architecture, geography and Information Technology (IT) science to develop a new transport paradigm based on ICT social networks and their subsequent travel behaviour.

Through this collaboration the COST Action partners are expected to focus their research on exploring the relationships among ICT social networks, social travel behaviour, and spatial configuration in particular, the goals are to explore the ways in which social activities become mobilised in space, to identify the ways in which social ties affect the integration of local public transport into urban patterns, to establish a linkage between social networks, travel behaviour and urban structure and to broaden the theoretical and practical framework of the field, taking into account both urban structure, and jointly performed social activities.

The objectives of the Action are:

  1. Develop a conceptual framework for analysis of ICT social networks that will comply (or be compatible) with travel behaviour and mobility analysis
  2. To foster new concepts for public transport services
  3. To identify guidelines for collecting spatial information for urban network analysis from social networks and the community of passengers
  4. Develop a combined conceptual framework that will integrate methods from 3 disciplines including social networks analysis, travel behaviour analysis, and spatial configuration and urban research. These will be complemented by striving towards a pan-European consensus for the required structures of data security and privacy aspects in new transport models
  5. To exchange local experiences in different urban settings and to assess the implications of ICT social networks activities on public transport, the transport system and urban form
  6. Contribute to training young researchers in an innovative interdisciplinary new research area that has implications for urban and transport planning.

Project partners

COST is an intergovernmental framework consisting in 36 Member Countries and a Cooperating State. This allows researchers from these countries to embark upon networking opportunities by participating in science and technology networks called COST Actions.

COST Member Countries

The 36 COST Member Countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Cooperating State

Israel is a Cooperating State. A Cooperating State implies non-voting rights in the COST CSO. However, researchers from COSTs Cooperating State enjoy member rights in COST Action participation.

Our role in the project

EIP leads the dissemination actions in the project and works to>:

  • Define short, medium and long-term uptake of the methodologies developed in the project in view of feasibility and as outlined by EU policy.
  • Identify and initiate active dialogue with target groups representatives, stakeholders, end-users.
  • Create the visibility of the project in main European events.
  • Promote the results of the project in order to facilitate a better integration between different environments, such as academia, business environment and local administrations.