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Mobility and Social Cohesion in the Splintered City: Challenging Technocentric Transport Research and Policy-making Practices

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Konrad Miciukiewicz, Professor Geoff Vigar


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This paper argues that dominant research practices in the urban transport field add to rather than subtract from social cohesion and mobility inequities. While this is recognised as an on-going political struggle, it is also explained through a failure to mobilise consistently a broad definition of social cohesion in transport research and policy-making; and a technology fixation among communities of transport research and practice, particularly in the commissioning of European Commission research. Elements of a new urban mobility agenda are proposed to address mobility challenges and to improve the fostering of urban social cohesion.

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Author(s): Miciukiewicz K, Vigar G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Studies

Year: 2012

Volume: 49

Issue: 9

Pages: 1941-1957

Print publication date: 01/07/2012

ISSN (print): 0042-0980

ISSN (electronic): 1360-063X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0042098012444886


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