Project overview

The PLAT.F.O.R.M. Project aims to integrate social sustainability into infrastructures and transport decision-making process in Alpine Space areas. A first recognition of previous projects on this topic revealed how several of these mainly focused on economic and environmental sustainability of infrastructures and on mobility policies with particular attention to the technical aspects of planning. Social topic – third pillar of the more general sustainability concept – in relation to transport planning and in particular of major transport infrastructure seems sometimes left in background, revealing challenging enhancement opportunity to be developed.


Social conflicts generated by Major Transport Infrastructure (MTI) projects are relevant in vulnerable alpine areas. In example, in Italy, the Lyon-Turin railway became a case history and the entire Mediterranean Corridor area (from France to Slovenia) shows cases of local participation importance underassessment and consequent conflicts. In Austria, connectivity and accessibility issues are usually supported by the majority, but local environmental and social impacts may cause oppositions, e.g. Brennerbasistunnel. Thus, transport and mobility is a technical issue and a social problem, and infrastructural project sustainability could be measured by public participation degree and policy makers' ability to trigger and assess it, benefiting also from previous transnational projects.


Some experience in Europe demonstrate that sustainability of a project could be measured in fact by the degree of involvement of local communities within the planning phase and by the availability of tools capable to support opinion-forming processes.


PLAT.FO.R.M. Project aims to transform stakeholders in an integrated and necessary part of the decision-making process, by:

  • an adaptive capitalization process
  • a prototype to enlarge (by ICT and liquid democracy tools,) the participation on target groups
  • specific tools (didactic tools, webinars methodologies, deliberative pools) to involve target groups: local communities, schools, universities, local administrator, policy makers
Priority 2 Accessibility and Connectivity
Thematic field: Sustainable Transport and Mobility
  • Project start date: 01/09/2013
  • Project end date: 30/11/2014