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Last mile & the city: how to organize the last mile in urban environment in 2030? (1st semester 23/24)

Amongst others urbanization, climate change, scarcity of space, and changing shopping behaviour affects the liveability of cities. Air quality and accessibility are under constant pressure. Therefore, the last- and first mile of goods and people needs to be rethought.

What is it all about?
The minor “Last mile & the city” challenges you to generate innovative solutions for the last mile, considering the use of public space. By doing so you get the opportunity to develop and combine logistics-, urban development- and mobility knowledge and experience.

In this minor you will discuss the public – private debate trying to find a solution for a more sustainable and liveable urban environment, where most people live, recreate and work. We will focus on the motives of the three main stakeholders: the government, the industry and the citizens of the city. What are their drivers for change? What kind of last-mile-solutions are currently tested in an urban environment and which can be (combined) used in the future? What other new innovations can you think of? How to facilitate these from an infrastructure- and regulating perspective? What is the impact on urban space and lay-out? Is it complex to test or use innovative ‘last mile’ solutions, like delivery robots or automated- and connected vehicles in the public space? And finally, how can you ensure that our environment is more sustainable in 2030 as part a of transition?

During this minor you work in multi-disciplinary teams to realize innovative solutions enabling a sustainable and liveable city. You will apply your knowledge, competences and ideas on real-life cases sponsored by one or more municipalities or companies. The final product of the minor includes an overall background report, a 15- pager highlighting the unique elements of your vision and concepts, a change plan and a pitch supported with posters, 3D models, gaming or any other (innovative) tools to emphasize your innovative ideas.


After this minor you are able to:
- Create an idea about how to organize the last mile in an urban environment in 2030, where          knowledge and ideas around logistics, built environment and (smart)mobility get applied,              analysed and evaluated jointly.
- Understand and apply the basics of (city)logistics, built
   environment and (smart)mobility.
- Understand the entire integral chain of the first and last mile of goods and people.
- Understand the difference between the city’s public ambitions and the private organizations          goals and their effect on future solutions.
- Plan transition within complex environments with many
   stakeholders involved.
- Recognize and translate relevant future last mile trends and developments (of both goods and      people) and their associated impact on urban space and lay-out.
- Discuss the (inter)national ambition on sustainability in urban environments.
- Determine the complexity of applying innovative mobility as a last mile solution in a public             environment.


- 2 to 3 years of foreknowledge in logistics, built environment or mobility
- Propaedeutic certificate obtained


To be decided


The assessment will consist of:
- an intermediate report (The Innovation).
- A portfolio.
- An intermediate presentation (How to organize the last mile in an urban environment in 2030?).
- A final report (From scratch to implementation).
- A pitch.
- An assessment talks.

Aanvullende informatie

This minor provides you with a range of competencies. You will become:
- An innovator.
- An entrepreneur.
- A teambuilder.
- A change minded.
- A researcher.
- One with stakeholder awareness.