Equitable Accessibility and Sustainable Mobility Workshop 2023

In conjunction with The 12th International Conference on
Geographic Information Science

September 12, 2023   |   Leeds, United Kingdom

Partner Workshop [Afternoon]:
Open Tools for Equitable & Sustainable Accessibility & Mobility Analysis

Workshop Description

As the global population is increasingly experiencing the consequences of climate change, awareness of the pressing need for research in GIScience that promotes sustainability is growing. Decarbonising transport and promoting the integration of a wide range of sustainable mobility options is key for net-zero transitions in cities and a recommended intervention in the United Nations New Urban Agenda.

In the past decades, researchers have been using data-driven (and theory-informed) techniques to investigate many of the issues related to accessibility and mobility that hinder a more sustainable transport system, such as level of access to destinations, walkability, bikeability, availability of micro-mobility or shared-transport options among others. While the potential of geospatial data science to uncover accessibility and mobility patterns in cities has been demonstrated, advances in how the environmental, economic and social dimensions interact in the context of sustainable cities, remain. Ensuring equitable accessibility and mobility justice is critical to develop effective and widely acceptable net-zero policies and therefore fundamental to bring about long lasting changes and prevent conflict.

This workshop aims at bringing to the forefront discussions on how advances in geospatial data science can be leveraged to promote development that balances social, economic and environmental sustainability in transport and mobility to build more equitable neighbourhoods and sustainable communities. This may include new methods and technologies as well as applying existing geospatial technique to uncover how inequalities affect accessibility and mobility based on i.e. gender, income, race etc. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, the workshop welcomes contributions by researchers coming from a wide range of backgrounds in a format that involves both short presentations and guided discussions.


This is an in-person workshop and all workshop participants must be registered. We invite submissions of short research papers (1500-4000 words) or abstracts (200-500 words) that describe new research ideas aligned with the general theme of the workshop of equitable and sustainable accessibility and mobility. All papers and abstracts will undergo peer-review with accepted papers being published online with a volume DOI (via the Open Science Foundation).

Participants in this workshop are invited to extend their contributions for submission to the special issue of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems on Equitable and Socially Sustainable Mobility.

Submissions on a variety of topics are welcome including, but not limited to:

  • Spatial and equity analysis of accessibility
  • Mobility justice and sustainability
  • Equity considerations on micromobility and shared mobility
  • Sustainable mobility and gender
  • Accessibility and sustainable mobility for an ageing society
  • New forms of data for the analysis of inequalities and sustainable mobility
  • Data bias and sustainable mobility analysis
  • Exploring the relationship between accessibility and active travel
  • Travel modes and new forms of mobility data
  • Inequalities in walkability or bikeability
  • Equitable urban design
  • Sustainable urban vitality and urban vibrancy

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of short research papers or abstracts in PDF format should be uploaded directly to the easychair submission platform and should follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science format.


The workshop will take place from 8:45am to 12:15pm on September 12th.

  • 8:30a - 8:45a    Welcome
  • 8:45a - 9:15a    Short paper presentations
  • 9:15a - 10:00a    Abstract presentations ("Lightning Talks")
  • 10:00a - 10:10a    Questions for abstract presenters
  • 10:10a - 10:20a    Coffee break
  • 10:20a - 11:50p    Guided discussion (prompts and break-out groups)
  • 11:50p - 12:00p    Wrap-up & next steps

Accepted Short Papers

Accepted Abstracts

Important Dates

Short paper & abstract submission deadline: July 7 July 14
Notification: August 4 August 11
Camera-ready deadline: August 18 August 31
Workshop: September 12

Workshop Chairs

Grant McKenzie

McGill University

Alessia Calafiore

University of Edinburgh

Andrea Ballatore

King’s College London

Henrikki Tenkanen

Aalto University

Rafael Pereira

Institute of Applied Economic Research

Christoph Fink

University of Helsinki

Vanessa Brum-Bastos

University of Canterbury

Eun-Kyeong Kim

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

Program Committee

Clio Andris, Georgia Tech
Victoria Fast, University of Calgary
Vanessa Frias-Martinez, University of Maryland
Song Gao, University of Wisconsin
Yingjie Hu, University at Buffalo
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of Vienna
Carsten Keßler, Bochum University of Applied Sciences
Jed Long, Western University
Trisalyn Nelson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Avipsa Roy, University of California, Irvine
Michael Szell, IT University of Copenhagen
Martin Tomko, University of Melbourne
Qunshan Zhao, University of Glasgow
Rui Zhu, University of Bristol


Please contact Grant McKenzie (grant.mckenzie@mcgill.ca) or Alessia Calafiore (acalafio@ed.ac.uk) with any workshop related questions.