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Dr Frauke Behrendt is Associate Professor in Transitions to Sustainable Mobility at the Technology, Innovation and Society Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her expertise is on smart and sustainable mobility as well as digital/data culture and society.

Behrendt’s research is located at the intersection of three key themes: Mobility, Sustainability and Digitalization. It engages at the local, national and international scale, investigates a range of modes, explores the past, present and future – and considers the user experience, the design and industry perspective, and the policy landscape – of how we can move towards radically more sustainable mobilities.


Academic background

Frauke Behrendt is part of the  https://www.todisrur.eu/ ‘Transit-Oriented Development for inclusive and sustainable rural-urban regions’ Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) - Innovative Training Network (ITN). She is also part of the management team that leads the 12-PhD ‘AI Planner of the future’ program (funded by ESCF and EAISI).

She attracted €3.5m of external research funding and let (Principal Investigator) a range of projects and interdisciplinary research teams (also with non-academic partners), including Creative and Industry Approaches to Mobility in the Age of the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Data (CIAM), Intelligent Transport Solutions for Social Inclusion (ITSSI), and Smart e-bikes: understanding how commuters and communities engage with electrically-assisted cycling. She also let the successful funding application for Innovative Light ELEctric Vehicles for Active and Digital TravEl (ELEVATE): reducing mobility-related energy demand and carbon emissions, working with Universities of Oxford and Leeds as well as the WHO. Furthermore, she was Co-Investigator on the European COST Action on Sonic Interaction Design and let the Mobile Music Workshop Series.

Behrendt’s interdisciplinary research is published in ranked peer-reviewed journals and is cited in the areas of transport and mobility studies, communication and media studies, sound studies, computer science and interaction design. Her research results have impact beyond the academy for business (e.g. citations in patents, start-up consultancy) and policy (e.g. reports). She has given numerous keynotes and guest lectures in the UK, Europe and the US.  She peer reviews and evaluates for EU H2020 calls and projects and several national funding bodies (UK, Hong Kong, etc).

Frauke Behrendt’s teaching experience comprises undergraduate, graduate and PhD level, including successful supervision of several PhD and MA thesis, as well as degree development and leadership.  

She works with PostDoc Eriketti Servou’ project on ‘The role of AI in sustainable mobility through MaaS’ (funded by Eurotech and EAISI). Previous PostDocs now work at Wageningen University and the University of Sussex.

Frauke Behrendt currently supervises PhDs on ‘AI for sustainable last-mile delivery by micromobility: a socio-technical perspective’ (‘AI Planner of the future’-funded), on ‘Smart, Active and Sustainable Micromobility’ (ICF and ELEVATE), ‘Cycling innovations in the transition to sustainable transportation systems‘ (Smart Cycling Futures), and on ‘The extent of multimodality for Transit-Oriented Development across times: pedestrians, bikes, trains and inclusive development’ (https://www.todisrur.eu/).

 She is also supervising PhDs on the Datafication of Cycling, on Drones for Heritage Communication and Audience Development, 3D 5G Immersive Audio for Urban Outdoor Heritage Contexts, and Noise after finitude, for all of which she won the funding and was first supervisor while at Brighton. PhD completions include Media Analysis of Hydro-Policies for Climate-Resilience in Israel and The Physical Process of Repairing Cities’ Urban Fabric.  

Before joining TU/e, Frauke Behrendt was the Deputy Head of School for Research & Enterprise and the founding director of the Centre for Digital Media Cultures at the University of Brighton. She also researched at the Cultures of the Digital Economy research institute (CoDE) at Anglia Ruskin University and was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Digital+Media Graduate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design (US). Behrendt obtained her PhD at the University of Sussex (UK), where she was also part of the LSE/Cambridge /Goldsmiths/NYUNYLON’ network led by Richard Sennett and his ‘Writing Cities’ collaboration with Harvard and MIT. Her MA is from Leuphana University (Germany).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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