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Incorporating equity considerations in transport infrastructure evaluation: Current practice and a proposed methodology

Thomopoulos, N., Grant-Muller, S. and Tight, M.R. (2009) Incorporating equity considerations in transport infrastructure evaluation: Current practice and a proposed methodology Evaluation and Program Planning, 32 (4). pp. 351-359.

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Abstract

Interest has re-emerged on the issue of how to incorporate equity considerations in the appraisal of transport projects and large road infrastructure projects in particular. This paper offers a way forward in addressing some of the theoretical and practical concerns that have presented difficulties to date in incorporating equity concerns in the appraisal of such projects. Initially an overview of current practice within transport regarding the appraisal of equity considerations in Europe is offered based on an extensive literature review. Acknowledging the value of a framework approach, research towards introducing a theoretical framework is then presented. The proposed framework is based on the well established MCA Analytic Hierarchy Process and is also contrasted with the use of a CBA based approach. The framework outlined here offers an additional support tool to decision makers who will be able to differentiate choices based on their views on specific equity principles and equity types. It also holds the potential to become a valuable tool for evaluators as a result of the option to assess predefined equity perspectives of decision makers against both the project objectives and the estimated project impacts. This framework may also be of further value to evaluators outside transport

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Thomopoulos, N.n.thomopoulos@surrey.ac.uk
Grant-Muller, S.
Tight, M.R.
Date : 26 June 2009
Funders : European Commission
DOI : 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2009.06.013
Grant Title : Marie Curie EST Fellowship scheme
Uncontrolled Keywords : Transport appraisal; Equity; Analytic Hierarchy Process
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 04 Nov 2019 16:15
Last Modified : 04 Nov 2019 16:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853006

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