Mobility4Job – Gender-appropriate mobility solutions for better working opportunities in rural areas

Mobility4Job – Gender-appropriate mobility solutions for better working opportunities in rural areas

Within the project “Mobility4Job – (c)Andreas Hermsdorf - pixelio.deGender-appropriate mobility solutions for better working opportunities in rural areas” (commissioned by the Austrian Research Agency and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, 2012-14)
the goal of the project was to identify obstacles within the mobility system which hinder people from obtaining gainful employment.

Furthermore, preconditions and mobility services in rural areas will be defined in order to enable women and men who are responsible for the care of family members as well as their own household to have fair opportunities to participate in workforce. Within the working package “qualitative mobility survey”, conducted by the author, 15 in-depth interviews in a rural area (Triestingtal and Schneebergland, both located in south-west region of Lower Austria) were conducted. The central questions of the interviews focus on, on the one hand, the respondent’s personal attitude towards family, household, employment and the division of paid and unpaid work among family members. On the other hand, information concerning the day-to-day mobility patterns and travel purposes was also questioned.

Everyday life’s ways of transportation need to be flexible and innovative solutions introduced to achieve a decrease in car using and consequently in car dependence. A requirements catalogue depicts the action fields in spatial planning as well as measures in transport and mobility for care takers and the persons looked after. Relevant action fields are

  • the support of active mobility by foot and bike
  • networking and interfaces in public transport,
  • quality of stations and means of transportation with regard to security and barrier-free access
  • awareness-raising for active and environmentally friendly forms of mobility and their communication in public
  • sharing vehicles and
  • participation and target group-oriented spatial planning.

The project results are outlined in the study “On the move between job and family labour” as well as on the website The website presents various implementations of solutions to improve regional mobility by adapting to the requirements and resources of the particular municipality. A focus is placed on encouraging pupils and students as well as elderly people and people with impaired mobility to move independently. Furthermore, the website presents a compilation for teachers to realise mobility projects that promote children’s independent mobility. In several projects the implementation in schools is described comprehensively including strategies and practical advice. The projects aim to raise awareness in playful and informative ways and to evoke surprised “aha” reactions in pupils – and perhaps in teachers, too.


Further information is available in German or please contact:
period: July 2012 – November 2014
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
akaryon GmbH
Arbeiterkammer Wien
Rosinak & Partner
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)