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Transport, Space and Equity - Transport in Support of Social Equity

10 JUN 2019 (MON) | 19:00 - 20:00

CPD-LG.59, LG/F Central Podium, Centennial Campus, HKU




Reader in Transport and City Planning


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong


We are increasingly concerned with levels of social inequity in our cities and urban areas internationally. Transport is not the only contributor to social equity, but it can play a significant role in facilitating access to activities. Different transport systems contribute to differential travel experiences and impacts by socio-demographic groups, spatially and temporally.

This talk introduces a new edited book – The Elgar Companion to Transport, Space and Equity - which explores these issues and the differential impacts, relating transport to social equity, We use international case studies to explore the spatial and social equity impacts associated with transport systems, city planning and infrastructure investment. Contributions are made in 21 chapters, from 46 leading and newly emerging researchers, each addressing the issues from a particular angle or viewpoint. The book is organised around three main themes:

• Transport and spatial impacts

• Transport and social equity impacts

• Emerging approaches to socio-spatial equity analysis

I will discuss some of the key chapters and findings, examining the wide-ranging evidence from the field, including topics such as: changes in accessibility to jobs, income, public transport investments and spatial impacts, house prices and gentrification; gender and unequal mobilities, the needs of children and young people; and the use of capabilities, functionings, motility and well-being as concepts to better understand social equity issues in relation to transport. The book draws on competing viewpoints to highlight the range and dimensions of the debate, the complexity and tensions, and the progression in argument over time.

The Elgar Companion to Transport, Space and Equity Editors: Robin Hickman, UCL; Beatriz Mella Lira, UCL; Moshe Givoni, Tel-Aviv University; Karst Geurs, University of Twente

Publication Date: October 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 981 8


Dr Robin Hickman is a Reader (Associate Professor) at the Bartlett School of Planning (BSP), University College London and Director of the MSc in Transport and City Planning. He has been a Visiting Research Associate and Research Fellow at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. He worked in consultancy as an Associate Director at Halcrow, leading on transport research. He completed his PhD at the BSP in 2007. He co-chairs Cluster 1 of the NECTAR network and writes a regular column in the Town & Country Planning journal.

He has research interests in transport and climate change, transport and social equity, urban structure and travel, integrated transport and urban planning strategies, the affective dimensions of travel, discourses in travel, multi-criteria appraisal, and sustainable transport strategies in the UK, Europe and Asia. His most recent books are Handbook on Transport and Development (Edward Elgar, 2015) and Transport, Climate Change and the City (Routledge, 2014).


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