Urbanism Next
University of OregonUniversity of Oregon

Urbanism Next conducts research and convenes partners from around the globe to build shared understandings of the effects of emerging technologies. Going beyond the technologies themselves, we explore the possible future implications for cities, people, and communities to inform better decision-making today.

What we do

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Conduct research

  • Develop research agendas with public and private sector partners
  • Research the secondary impacts of emerging technologies
  • Research and analyze the range of options to address secondary impacts to maximize benefits and minimize negative impacts
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Create a national network

  • Connect with national, statewide, and regional experts on the impacts of emerging technologies
  • Work with network partners on research, funding, and outreach
  • Convene network members
  • Provide value to network partners
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Communicate what we know

  • Conduct outreach events to present research at the local, state, and national level  
  • Distribute information online and through academic and professional print outlets
  • Build awareness of issues among professionals, researchers, decision-makers, and the public
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Inform decision making

  • Analyze policy options
  • Present research and policy options to decision-makers
  • Convene pertinent policy making entities
  • Participate in policy discussions

Our publications

Perfecting Policy with Pilots: New Mobility and AV Urban Delivery Pilot Project Assessment
Report – Academic
2020
Becky Steckler
University of Oregon

The purpose of this study is to go beyond cataloging pilot projects to determine the lessons learned, emerging trends and considerations, and examples of promising practices from pilot projects in the United States and Canada. Researchers assessed 220 pilot projects and 11 case studies. Based on that assessment, they recommend 10 actions for pilot projects generally. The study resulted in 31 lessons learned organized by pilot goals, evaluation, implementation, outcomes, and policy and infrastructure implications.

Fact Sheet – Micromobility
Fact Sheet
2020
Urbanism Next

This is a fact sheet suitable for use as a printed handout on Urbanism Next's topline research findings regarding micromobility.

Fact Sheet – Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)
Fact Sheet
2020
Urbanism Next

This is a fact sheet suitable for use as a printed handout on Urbanism Next's topline research findings regarding TNCs.

Urbanism Next Framework
Report – Academic
2020
Urbanism Next

This framework provides an overview of the work Urbanism Next does and how we approach our research.