Seminar 23rd January 2017

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

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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.


Emilia SmedsDoctoral Researcher, Urban Governance, UCL. “Sustainable mobility, behaviour change discourses and justice: a social practice theory critique in the context of travel to school in Outer London”

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Current UK transport policy in relation to behaviour change is characterised by a strong focus focus on attitudes and mode choice, which policy tries to address using ‘soft’ policy measure. Primary research on travel to primary school in the London Borough of Ealing is presented to demonstrate how mode choice is still severely constrained for many parents due to lacking infrastructure provision. The findings support Elizabeth Shove’s (2010) critique of the ‘Attitude, Behaviour, Choice’ framework for understanding individual behaviour, and highlighting the unjust individualisation of responsibility that government behaviour change discourses often entail.

Nicole Badstuber, PhD Researcher CEGE, UCL. “Mapping the governance of Transport in London and NY”

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Working on the Policy and Governance strand of the EPSRC sponsored research programme ‘Transforming the Engineering of Cities to Deliver Societal and Planetary Wellbeing’. Further details

James Gleave. Transport Strategy, Innovation, Foresight, and Application. “Mobility as a Service and Placemaking”

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The central thesis of it being that as new technologies emerge like Mobility as a Service, it needs to be done in an open and collaborative manner. This is important to apply in placemaking as these open technologies can be used by communities to make their places better and more just. For instance, using open data to map air pollution.


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