For the first time in history more than half the world’s population is living in towns and cities. We passed this milestone in 2008 and by 2040 two in three people are expected to live in urban environments.

Urbanisation presents us with a wealth of new opportunities and huge challenges. It has the potential to further economic development and innovation, but also threatens to exacerbate key global problems, including resource depletion, climate change, and inequality.

Megacities on the move sets out to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges – how billions of city-dwellers can access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet. It focuses on how to achieve sustainable urban mobility, looking at all the ways in which people will access goods, services and information and make contact with each other. It goes beyond transport to consider ICT solutions, innovative urban design and much more.

Forum for the Future, working in partnership with Vodafone and the FIA Foundation, who funded the project, and with EMBARQ, has produced a practical toolkit to help public bodies, companies and civil society organisations understand and plan for the mobility challenges of the future. It is designed to encourage action now and stimulate innovative products and services.

We have created four scenarios exploring urban mobility in the year 2040, taking into account resource shortages, climate change, demographic trends and other major factors which will shape our future, and drawing on interviews with more than 40 experts from around the world.

We chose this year because urban infrastructure is generally planned, built and used over decades. Looking at the challenges we may face in 30 years provides enough time to plan for and deliver a whole new generation of more sustainable solutions.

You can download the toolkit as one document or in its separate sections by going to the How to Use the Toolkit menu to the left.

Watch the Megacities on the Move Webinar by Ivana Gazibara on the left hand side or watch our audio slideshow on mobility solutions of the future.

Forum for the Future’s scenarios are not predictions or depictions of desirable futures which we wish to promote, and they do not represent our vision of a sustainable future. They are pictures of different possible futures, designed to help people understand the major trends that are shaping our world. They aim to challenge, inspire and excite, so that people feel motivated to plan for a better, more sustainable future.


How to Use the Toolkit

Understanding the issues

You can use this section to introduce your colleagues, business partners and clients to the issues. It explains why it is important to start planning for the future and reviews the major factors which will shape the world in the next 30 years, exploring how they will affect urban mobility. Click here to view this section of the report.


What’s your destination? Four scenarios for urban mobility in 2040

Want to explore what the future may hold and test your strategy? Our scenarios present four possible visions of urban mobility in the world of 2040. They are a tool to help understand what the future may hold for your organisation, and to plan ahead more effectively. Click here to view this section of the report.


We have brought the scenarios to life in four short, vivid and compelling animations. They follow a day in the life of an ordinary woman, examining the mobility challenges and solutions in each world. These scenarios explore how population growth, the energy we use, the strength or weakness of global institutions and other factors will shape our cities in 2040 and the way we access goods, services, information and other people. They have been brought to life in animations created by Grain Media


What can you do? Six solutions for sustainable urban mobility

If you want to bring innovation into your strategic planning, here are actions you can take now to help create sustainable urban mobility systems. This section includes practical examples of how these solutions are already being put into practice around the world. Click here to view this section of the report.


Plan the future now: How to run a workshop using the scenarios

This section gives specific guidance on how to plan a workshop using the four scenarios. They show how you can use the scenarios to explore future urban mobility issues relevant to you, and develop more sustainable products, services and strategies. Click here to view this section of the report.

Watch the Megacities webinar by Ivana Gazibara:

For more information about the project, or if you would like assistance using the scenarios, please contact Ivana Gazibara,, +44 (0)207 324 3673

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