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Desirable Transport Futures.

Gössling, S, Cohen, Scott, Higham, J, Peeters, P and Eijgelaar, E (2018) Desirable Transport Futures. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 61. pp. 301-309.

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This overview article for the special issue on ‘Desirable Transport Futures’ sets out with a brief introduction of the current development of the global transport system, suggesting that it remains unclear whether transport systems are heading towards desirable change. This desirability is defined as a reduction in the system’s negative externalities, including accidents, congestion, pollutants and/or noise, while retaining its functionality. There is evidence that transport externalities continue to grow with an increasingly mobile and growing global population. Against this background, the article discusses what may constitute more desirable transport futures, as well as the barriers that have to be overcome to move towards such futures. The article concludes that transport governance will be essential to far-reaching change, and that greater focus has to be placed on individual and societal socio-psychological perspectives shaping mobility consumption. Nine papers contained in this special issue provide in-depth analyses of transport systems, as well as insight into how these may be changed in more systemic ways. A concluding research agenda is offered that outlines a number of innovative approaches researchers may pursue as part of further efforts to engender desirable transport futures.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Gössling, S
Higham, J
Peeters, P
Eijgelaar, E
Date : 15 February 2018
DOI : 10.1016/j.trd.2018.01.008
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Barriers, Policy, Transport Futures, Desirability, Systemic Change
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 16 Feb 2018 12:01
Last Modified : 15 Feb 2019 02:08

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