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Research on cooperation will lead to sustainable public transport

Alexander Paulsson, postdoctoral reseracher at K2, researches cooperation. Although the public transport actors consider that cooperation is important, it is difficult for them to explain what makes the collaboration work in practice. The question is also whether cooperation solves all the problems or not?

Alexander Paulsson is a postdoctoral researcher at K2 and conducts research that deals with cooperation. According to Alexander, cooperation occurs when two or more organizations together seek to achieve a common goal.

- The challenge of collaborating may be to go beyond the administrative limits of the organization to realize the goal that is difficult to achieve on its own, said Alexander.

Before Alexander started at K2, he worked at the School of Economics at Lund University where he taught business economics. He holds a PhD in Business Economics in 2014 and has also studied masters in History and Political Science. His dissertation in business economics was about the so-called "arenaboomen".

- There were many municipalities that built arenas during that period so I looked at how municipalities, contractors and partial sports clubs interacted with each other.

Alexander Paulsson är forskare knuten till K2 och VTI

Wants to engage the public

Today, Alexander is primarily researching cooperation in order to achieve sustainable public transport solutions. The research is about how to plan for public transport and buildings.

- It is important to build the best possible ways and, above all, build on a way that facilitates those living there, so they choose to travel by public transport instead of taking the car.

Alexander's research is aimed at people who work with public transport issues, but in a broader perspective, also to the public.

- I have an ambition to get the public to engage in sustainability issues, says Alexander.

High expectations and thoughts of cooperation

Earlier research has shown that cooperation has been highlighted as important by several parties. This is something that has also come true in Alexanders interviews with officials.

- But it is very difficult to explain what cooperation is. It is also hard to understand, and partly explain, how to cooperate in a good way. But that's why you continue researching it.

Alexander also says that there are high expectations and thoughts among public transport actors that cooperation will be a solution to a lot of problems.

- It is difficult to fully know if cooperation always is a solution. It is also hard to know if it is a solution to a specific problem or other problems faced by planners or decision makers.

What Alexander thinks is exciting about researching is getting confronted with what you do not know.

- It is about finding problems that you want to explore. Sometimes you have a clue where the answers may land, but usually it's about asking questions to get an answer. Then it is about acknowledging theirs ignorance in certain areas.