Recording available: Transport Justice seminar

Since about 8 years the links between ethics/fairness and transport rapidly gain more attention from academics. Recently David Banister (Oxford University) and Karel Martens (Technion, Haifa) each published a book in this area. They participated in a seminar of the Transport Institute in November 2018.

In this seminar (video), David Banister elaborates on his new book, Inequality in Transport. He states that today’s transport policy benefits the rich more than the poor. The inequality is twofold he explains. The travel patterns of the poor produce less emissions  - while the poor are more likely to be impacted by the negative effects of transport without having means to seek for compensation.

Karel Martens is the author of the book ‘Transport justice’ which aims to develop a new paradigm for transportation planning. The focus of transportation planning has always been on the performance of the transport system. Martens focuses on the implicit distributive consequences and defines the winners and losers of this approach. This has resulted in debate to change at least some of the inequities.

Although David Banister does provide implications of his findings, his book largely has a descriptive focus. The book of Martens is normative. Preceding both presentations Bert van Wee (Delft University of Technology) gives an overview of recent trends in this area.

The video can be found here: