Social Change and Sustainable Transport

Social Change and Sustainable Transport

Edited by William R. Black and Peter Nijkamp
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/29/2002
Format: Hardback 41 b&w photos, 52 figures, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34067-2
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Transportation research has traditionally been dominated by engineering and logistics research approaches. This book integrates social, economic, and behavioral sciences into the transportation field. As its title indicates, emphasis is on socioeconomic changes, which increasingly govern the development of the transportation sector.

The papers presented here originated at a conference on Social Change and Sustainable Transport held at the University of California at Berkeley in March 1999, under the auspices of the European Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

The contributors, who represent a range of disciplines, including geography and regional science, economics, political science, sociology, and psychology, come from twelve different countries. Their subjects cover the consequences of environmentally sustainable transportation vs. the "business-as-usual" status quo, the new phenomenon of "edge cities," automobile dependence as a social problem, the influence of leisure or discretionary travel and of company cars, the problems of freight transport, the future of railroads in Europe, the imposition of electronic road tolls, potential transport benefits of e-commerce, and the electric car.

Author Bio

William Black is Professor of Geography and Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He directed rail planning for the State of Indiana during the rail restructuring in the Midwest and Northeast in the 1970s. He then served as a member of the Philadelphia-based task force that created Conrail. Returning to Indiana in 1980, he served as the first Director of the Indiana Department of Transportation. He has been a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council for more than 30 years, and currently chairs the Committee on Social and Economic Factors in Transportation.

Peter Nijkamp has been professor of regional and urban economics and of economic geography at the Free University in Amsterdam. He has published extensively in public policy, services planning, infrastructure management, and environmental protection. He has been an advisor to several Dutch ministries, regional and local policy councils, employers' organizations, private institutions, the EU, OECD, ECMT, ADB, European Roundtable of Industrialists, ICOMOS, the World Bank, and many other institutions. He is the 1996 recipient of the Spinoza Award.


“Current transportation systems are non-sustainable and recent social changes threaten to make this problem worse. A group of researchers from North America and Europe examine the nature of the problem, including issues of environmental impacts, business and economic impacts, society's reliance on the automobile, changes in freight transport, and the role of e-commerce and other new technologies.”

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Table of Contents

Pathways to Sustainable Transport and Basic Themes: Introduction

Part I. An Overview
1. Social Change and Sustainable Transport: A Manifesto on Transatlantic Research Opportunities
2. Social Trends and Research Needs in Transport and Environmental Planning3. Research Issues Regarding Societal Change and Transport: An Update4. Sustainable Transport
5. Information and Communication Technologies and Transport
6. Globalization and Transportation: Contradictions and Challenges
7. Institutional Dimensions of Sustainable Transport

Part II. Social Change and Sustainability of Transport
8. Social Implications of Sustainable Transport
9. EU Policy Scenario Building for Sustainable Mobility
10. A Study of EU-U.S. Integrated Policies to Address the Consequences of Social Change for the Sustainability of Transport
11. Transport-Land Use Relations in Restructuring Metropolitan Areas: Implications for Air Quality in Chicago and Stockholm
12. Social Change and Transportation in U.S. Edge Cities
Part III. Dependence on the Automobile
13. Keeping the Holy Grail: The "Mobility View" of the Danish Automobile Club FDM
14. Car Dependence as a Social Problem: A Critical Essay on the Existing Literature and Future Needs
15. Growing Up With and Without a Family Car
16. Sustainable Lifestyles? Microsimulation of Household Formation, Housing Choice, and Travel Behavior

Part IV. Quality, Equity and Mobility
17. Sustainable Transport and Quality of Life: A Psychological Analysis
18. Introducing Environmental Equity Concerns into the Discourse on Sustainable Transport: A Research Agenda
19. Women and Travel: The Sustainability Implications of Changing Roles
20. Mobility Behavior of the Elderly: Its Impact on the Future Road Traffic System
21. Residential Location and Daily Mobility Patterns: A Swedish Case Study of Households with Children

Part V. Increasing Travel and Transport
22. Driven to Travel: The Id