Miriam Ricci. Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England. “Urban mobility and social justice: lessons from a disadvantaged periphery in Bristol (UK)”

[Download Miriam’s presentation here]

The presentation considers the nexus between urban mobility and the everyday experiences of a cross-section of residents of a in a disadvantaged urban periphery in one of the wealthiest cities of the UK: Bristol. This qualitative research study, carried out in 2014 and funded by the University of the West of England through an early career research grant scheme, explored the mobility practices, constraints and aspirations of socially disadvantaged and geographically isolated Bristol residents. By reflecting on the research findings, I illustrate and analyse the persisting challenges associated with promoting social inclusion, equity and sustainable urban mobility, in a context where increasing levels of social inequalities including in the provision of transport are still a major problem for some communities. The presentation reflects on how the ‘sustainable mobility’ policy discourse and its practical delivery processes in the UK can reproduce geographies of inequality in urban communities, and discusses how these could be tackled.

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