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Beyond the regime: can Integrated Sustainability Assessment address the barriers to effective sustainable passenger mobility policy?


  • Lorraine Whitmarsh
  • John Turnpenny
  • Bjőrn Nykvist


Sustainability policy making is hampered by a tendency towards sector-based, short-term and often techno-fix perspectives. This paper describes a novel policy development and assessment framework - Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) - that may help address problems of unsustainability in a more integrated and strategic manner. ISA involves two primary methods: transition analysis and stakeholder engagement. The ISA case study on sustainable passenger mobility suggests ISA is well equipped to produce a holistic analysis of mobility systems, illustrate radical alternatives to the status quo and foster social learning. Further research should explore its potential to induce long-term behavioural or institutional change.

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  • Lorraine Whitmarsh & John Turnpenny & Bjőrn Nykvist, 2009. "Beyond the regime: can Integrated Sustainability Assessment address the barriers to effective sustainable passenger mobility policy?," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(8), pages 973-991.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:52:y:2009:i:8:p:973-991 DOI: 10.1080/09640560903327286

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