Invitation to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Karen Lucas

Recently appointed Professor of Transport & Social Analysis and chair of the Transport Geography Research Group, Karen Lucas, is giving her inaugural lecture at the University of Leeds on 1st March. Details below.


One Step Beyond: Questing for sustainable mobilities in the Global North and South


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Tuesday 1 March

Business School, University of Leeds

15.30 -16.00 Arrival & networking

16.00 -17.30 Lecture including Q&A




There are two key issues to resolve for the promotion and delivery of socially sustainable mobilities for all. One is how to make sure major transport infrastructure investments do not disrupt, but rather, facilitate and support the mobilities and livelihoods of local populations, especially the poor and vulnerable. This is not rocket science and can arguably be achieved through the systematic application of social and distributional impact assessment of transport projects and policy strategies. Two is to find compelling and simple ways for transport planners and investors to deliver socially sustainable transport projects at the micro-community level. This is a much bigger challenge because ‘Big Finance’ struggles to fund potentially financially or politically unstable institutions to deliver cost-effective, small-scale, local transport projects. As such, the neo-liberal forms of transport governance that prevail in the Global North and South are the key barrier to the delivery of truly sustainable mobilities. The presentation discusses these issues with reference to the author’s empirical research with low-income populations from different geographical and social contexts.



Karen is Professor of Transport and Social Analysis and Director of Research and Innovation at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds. She has had 20 years of experience in conducting social research in transport, specialising in undertaking research with low income and vulnerable populations in the Global North and South. She is a world-leading expert in the area of transport-related social exclusion and social and distributional impact analysis. She is a member of the Sustainable Transport Steering Committee of the Asian Development Bank and has worked with them to develop a training program for Designing Inclusive Transport Projects. Her most recent project is for the Welsh Government to develop a new methodological approach for social and distributional impact assessment for the Welsh Government for inclusion in its WelTAG toolkit based on the empirical example of the A465 road dualling project in South Wales.


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