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The Importance of Transport for Social Inclusion


  • Janet Stanley

    (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia)

  • John Stanley

    (Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies,Business School, University of Sydney, Australia)


Links between mobility, social exclusion and well being, and matters related thereto, have been an important focus of research, planning and policy thinking in the land use transport field for about the past two decades, in places such as the UK, Australia, South Africa, North America and parts of South America. This introductory paper to the journal volume on Regional and Urban Mobility: Contribution to Social Inclusion summarizes some of the key literature in the field during that period, illustrating how research sometimes takes a place-based approach and at other times focuses on groups of people likely to be at risk of mobility-related social exclusion. The ten articles in this journal volume explore aspects of these relationships, mainly through the lens of at risk groups, across a number of social-spatial settings. Articles draw on case studies from the Philippines, UK/Germany, UK/Colombia, Lisbon, Gilgat-Baltistan, Turkey and Japan, providing a broad set of contexts. The different language and frameworks used by researchers from different professional backgrounds, as illustrated in this volume, highlights some of the barriers that need to be confronted in progressing policy to improve the lot of people experiencing mobility-related social exclusion.

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  • Janet Stanley & John Stanley, 2017. "The Importance of Transport for Social Inclusion," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 108-115.
  • Handle: RePEc:cog:socinc:v:5:y:2017:i:4:p:108-115

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    1. Robin Hickman & Mengqiu Cao & Beatriz Mella Lira & Alexis Fillone & Jose Bienvenido Biona, 2017. "Understanding Capabilities, Functionings and Travel in High and Low Income Neighbourhoods in Manila," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 161-174.
    2. David Cao & John Stanley & Janet Stanley, 2017. "Indicators of Socio-Spatial Transport Disadvantage for Inter-Island Transport Planning in Rural Philippine Communities," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 116-131.
    3. Nihan Akyelken, 2017. "Mobility-Related Economic Exclusion: Accessibility and Commuting Patterns in Industrial Zones in Turkey," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 175-182.
    4. Cervero, Robert B., 2013. "Linking urban transport and land use in developing countries," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 6(1), pages 7-24.
    5. Jamie O'Brien & Laura García Vélez & Martin Zaltz Austwick, 2017. "Visualizing the Impacts of Movement Infrastructures on Social Inclusion: Graph-Based Methods for Observing Community Formations in Contrasting Geographic Contexts," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 132-146.
    6. Giulio Mattioli, 2017. "‘Forced Car Ownership’ in the UK and Germany: Socio-Spatial Patterns and Potential Economic Stress Impacts," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 147-160.
    7. Asif Hussain & David Fisher & Stephen Espiner, 2017. "Transport Infrastructure and Social Inclusion: A Case Study of Tourism in the Region of Gilgit-Baltistan," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 5(4), pages 196-208.
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