Call for papers Transport Policy Special Issue on “Household transport costs, economic stress and vulnerability, at the interface between mobility, domestic energy and residential location”

Further to the success of the (t)ERES workshop, we are co-editing a Special Issue of Transport Policy titled “Household transport costs, economic stress and vulnerability, at the interface between mobility, domestic energy and residential location”. The call for paper is available at

While we aim to include all contributions from the workshop, we are also encouraging further submissions. The deadline for abstract submission is October 1, 2015.


Guest editors:
Giulio Mattioli,, University of Leeds, UK
Jean-Pierre Nicolas,, University of Lyon, France
Carsten Gertz,, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany


Over the last two decades carbon reduction policies, rapidly fluctuating oil prices and stagnating real incomes have drawn increasing attention to questions of affordability in the transport and the domestic energy sector in Europe. At the same time, housing affordability is of increasing concern in several countries. Questions of costs and affordability in the transport sector are generally considered separately from similar issues in the housing and domestic energy sector, as they are the remit of different policy sectors and research literatures. There are however several reasons why they should be considered in conjunction. It has long been assumed that households, trade off housing and transport expenditure against each other in decisions about residential location, even though empirical evidence is mixed. The results of these decisions have important consequences on urban development trends. Also, households may cope with economic stress in one area by curtailing spending in another (spill over effects). Finally, transport and domestic energy spending are exposed to similar processes – e.g. fluctuating global energy prices, energy transition, environmental taxes, etc. – which raise important equity and justice concerns. On the other hand, energy use in the domestic and transport sector are conceptually different in many respects, challenging holistic concepts of ‘energy justice’.

Although much transport and social exclusion research to date has focused on low mobility and/or carless individuals, there is increasing recognition that the costs of daily mobility, notably by car, can have important economic stress impacts. Different terms are used in the literature to indicate affordability problems arising from transport costs, including ‘forced car ownership’; ‘transport poverty’; ‘oil vulnerability’ and ‘energy precarity’. The interrelationships between transport poverty and economic stress in other sectors have remained under-researched, although this varies between countries. While the notion of fuel poverty is well established in the UK, it is narrowly focused on domestic energy. This contrasts with the experience of countries like France, where the idea of ‘energy precarity’ is increasingly applied to both home and transport energy use, through the notion of residential cost. This has led to innovative approaches in research and policy-making. Similarly, in countries like Germany, rising transport costs have been framed as an opportunity to steer spatial planning and residential location choices towards the ‘compact city’, in accordance with sustainability and resilience principles. As a whole, the body of knowledge on transport and energy-related economic stress in Europe is substantial and diverse, although fragmented by language barriers.

Scope of the Special Issue

The need for a special issue to bring these issues together emerged from an International Workshop “Energy-related economic stress at the interface between transport poverty, fuel poverty and residential location” held at the University of Leeds on May 20-21 2015 ( The special issue aims to build on the above work, calling for articles on household transport costs, and their relationship with spending on housing and domestic energy, with a clear focus on lessons for policy-making at the intersection of these sectors, as well as on international comparisons and cross-fertilisation. It welcomes original research articles and literature reviews focused on:

  1. Conceptualisations of transport poverty, vulnerability and equity
  2. Insights into the drivers of economic and social difficulties related to daily mobility
  3. The development of methods and metrics to investigate transport affordability and their influence on the framing of the problem
  4. Governance experiences and policy recommendations

The special issue will mainly focus on European cases, highlighting the diversity of situations within a relatively homogeneous context in terms of urban form and economic development. Nevertheless studies from non-European countries are welcome to broaden the perspective.

Submission method

Full paper submission without an abstract screening is not accepted for the special issue. The abstracts must be submitted, as a MS Word attachment, directly to the Special Issue Guest Editors ( by October 1 2015. Upon acceptance of the abstract, please submit the full length article via the Transport Policy online submission system ( Authors should indicate that the paper is being submitted for this special issue (click “SI: Household Transport Costs” when choosing Manuscript “Article Type”), otherwise the submission will be handled as a regular manuscript. Manuscripts will be refereed according to the Journal’s standard peer review process. Acceptance for publication is based on referees’ recommendations. Professional editing service is highly recommended before full-paper submission. Papers will be rejected because of poor English. For author guidelines, please visit the website of the Journal (

Important Dates

Abstract submission to guest editors: October 1, 2015

Abstract acceptance notice: October 31, 2015

Submission website opens: November 1, 2015

Submission of full paper due: January 31, 2016

Feedback from first-round review: April 30, 2016

Revised paper submission: June 30, 2016

Feedback from second-round review (if indicated): August 31, 2016

Final manuscripts due: September 30, 2016

Final manuscript submissions to publisher: November 30, 2016

Planned publication: 2017


All inquiries regarding this call for papers should be directed to Guest Editors

Dr. Giulio Mattioli (

Dr. Jean-Pierre Nicolas (

Prof. Carsten Gertz (



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