Researching everyday access across different spatial scales
Speaker: Jon Shaw, Professor of Transport Geography
University of Plymouth, UK
Providing people easy access to jobs, services, leisure and other opportunities is one of the most important roles of transport policy. In order to achieve this, policy makers need to think about a range of issues, not just in relation to the availability of transport modes, but also in relation to the places people move through and ultimately want to get to. Using data from different studies undertaken at completely different spatial scales, I will look at accessibility issues faced by older people, joggers and people of restricted mobility. The lessons we take from these studies show the importance of a genuinely integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, recognising the extent to which transport and mobility concerns are at the heart of any proper considerations of quality of life for everyone.
Jon Shaw is Professor of Transport Geography at the University of Plymouth, UK. His research covers a range of different aspects of mobility policy and strategy, and he has written and / or edited nine books on these issues.