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Handbook on Transport and Development

Handbook on Transport and Development

Edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister

This Handbook provides an extensive overview of the relationships between transport and development. With 45 chapters from leading international authors, the book is organised in three main parts: urban structure and travel; transport and spatial impacts; and wider dimensions in transport and development. The chapters each present commentary on key issues within these themes, presenting the debate on the impacts of urban structure on travel, the impacts of transport investment on development, and social and cultural change on travel. A multitude of angles are considered – leaving the reader with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the field.

Chapter 31: More than A to B: cultures of mobilities and travel

Ole B. Jensen

Subjects: development studies, development studies, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, environmental economics, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


In this chapter the underpinning idea is that mobility is more than movement from A to B. Or in the language of transportation research; mobility is more than a ‘derived demand’. The analytical and theoretical perspective claiming such an understanding is located within the broadly defined and cross-disciplinary ‘mobilities turn’ that has emerged within the social sciences during the past decade or so. The chapter will present key ideas from this field in juxtaposition to transportation research. Transport may be about movement from A to B, but ‘mobilities’ will take us beyond this and into the realm of culture, norms, emotions, and the like. The chapter will put emphasis on the dimensions of identity formation, social interaction, and cultural production as important but less explored areas of transportation research. However, the chapter does not claim that these cultural dimensions have been neglected all together by transportation research, nor that everything coming out of the ‘mobilities turn’ is new and completely unknown to transportation research. Rather the relationship is seen as a ‘two-way street’, where both perspectives have something to learn from each other. The chapter will illustrate this by reference to specific examples of research oscillating between urban transportation and mobilities research.

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