Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

Inaugural Lecture by Karen Lucas, Professor of Transport & Social Analysis

1st March 2016 

One Step Beyond: Questing for sustainable mobilities in the Global North & South

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. 



2014 Inaugural Lectures


9 Sept 2014

Simon Shepherd

Professor of Transport Modelling & Policy Design

25 June 2014

Stephane Hess

Professor of Choice Modelling

18 March 2014

Greg Marsden

Professor of Transport Governance

9 September 2014

How can modelling help to resolve transport challenges? 
Simon Shepherd's Inaugural Professorial Lecture 

25 June 2014
Would predicting peoples’ choices get any easier if we understood behaviour?  
Stephane Hess' Inaugural Professorial Lecture 

18 March 2014
The Future of Transport Policy: Was Einstein Right?
Greg Marsden's Inaugural Professorial Lecture