Core themes: the basis of our work

Our work is structured into core themes to clearly show what topics we are specialized in. Core themes are clusters of all the activities relating to a subject, including research, knowledge at the table and individual questions.

The core themes are administered by three core theme managers: Arjen ’t Hoen,  Pauline Wortelboer-van Donselaar and Henk Stipdonk (a.i.). We work with 7 core themes:

Core Theme 1: Mobility, Accessibility and Spatial Planning (Arjen 't Hoen)

In this core theme we describe and explain national and international trends in mobility and transport and their consequences for accessibility. We review past developments and describe the trends in mobility and accessibility in the light of developments in society and policy effects. We also look forward in medium and long term outlooks and assess the potential accessibility effects of specific policy options, paying specific attention to the interactions with spatial development and urban planning.

Core Theme 2: Mobility of Groups (Arjen 't Hoen a.i.)

This core theme is about the mobility of different groups in society. The mobility behaviours of these groups differ. For example, differences can be seen between old and young and between residents of highly urbanised and less urbanised areas. Describing and explaining these differences provides important information for the development of policy because we can use it to determine whether policy instruments targeted at certain groups are effective or not.

Core Theme 3: Sustainable Mobility, Safety and Transition (Arjen 't Hoen)

In this core theme we investigate sustainable mobility and mobility-related safety aspects. It includes the consequences for liveability and the safety of the current mobility system as well as scenarios for a more sustainable and safer mobility system in future. We devote considerable attention to the transition process: what will a sustainable and safe mobility system look like, what are the obstacles to achieving this, and what points of policy leverage exist to facilitate these transitions?

Core Theme 4: Data (Henk Stipdonk a.i.)

Central to this fourth core theme are models and data on personal mobility and freight transport. We collect and manage data ourselves and help others to upgrade their data collection systems where these are relevant to the ministry’s policy areas.

Core Theme 5: Socio-economic importance, the role of government and market organisation (Pauline Wortelboer-van Donselaar)

In this core theme we focus on the part played by mobility, transport and infrastructure in the spatial and economic development of the Netherlands, with an emphasis on the significance of the mainports (Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport) and other transport hubs. We analyse the options available to the government to maintain and develop this national interest. We explore the effectiveness and efficiency of government–market relations in the various sectors (road, regional public transport, rail, inland shipping, maritime shipping, aviation). We also examine how to make the administrative relations between the various tiers of government more effective and efficient.

Core Theme 6: Policy Evaluations and Assessment Frameworks (Pauline Wortelboer-van Donselaar)

Core theme 6 is concerned with evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of policy instruments, both before and after they have been introduced. An important element is refining and expanding the scope of the methodology for social cost-benefit analysis, paying particular attention to the economic and administrative aspects. KiM advises the policy directorates on performing evaluations, carries out evaluations itself and reviews third party evaluations. We also develop policy indicators for monitoring the ministry’s policy objectives.

Core Theme 7: Explanatory and forecasting models (Henk Stipdonk a.i.)

This core theme is about the models KiM uses for explaining trends in mobility and for forecasting demand for mobility. It includes both the development, improvement and updating of models as well as their use in the annual explanation and forecasting cycle, particularly for the Mobility Report. The core theme also includes creative input and support to third party models.