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One Step Beyond: Questing for sustainable mobilities in the Global North and South
March 1, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
There are two key issues to resolve for the promotion and delivery of socially sustainable mobilities for all. One is how to make sure major transport infrastructure investments do not disrupt, but rather, facilitate and support the mobilities and livelihoods of local populations, especially the poor and vulnerable. This is not rocket science and can arguably be achieved through the systematic application of social and distributional impact assessment of transport projects and policy strategies. Two is to find compelling and simple ways for transport planners and investors to deliver socially sustainable transport projects at the micro-community level. This is a much bigger challenge because ‘Big Finance’ struggles to fund potentially financially or politically unstable institutions to deliver cost-effective, small-scale, local transport projects. As such, the neo-liberal forms of transport governance that prevail in the Global North and South are the key barrier to the delivery of truly sustainable mobilities. The presentation discusses these issues with reference to the author’s empirical research with low-income populations from different geographical and social contexts.