Transport and environmental innovation

Potter, Stephen; Roby, Helen; Cook, Matthew and Langendahl, Per-Anders (2010). Transport and environmental innovation. In: ‘State of the Art’ in Sustainable Innovation and Design, 24-25 Oct 2011, Farnham, UK.

URL: http://cfsd.org.uk/site-pdfs/si11/abstracts-pdf/18...

Abstract

Transport gives rise to considerable C02 emissions, which are rising with little policy effect. Transport policy is a socio-technical regime ordered around the state funding large transport capital projects. This is supported by a professional skills and information structure that serves the logic of this regime. However, an innovative form of transport planning practice has tentatively emerged. Instead of the state implementing measures, it shifts to a supporting and enabling role with the devolution of responsibility to transport users. This is a very different rationale about what constitutes transport policy and its structures. This can be understood as a policy niche within the existing regime.

This paper reports research on two areas that seek to apply this niche approach: travel planning and the Milton Keynes electric vehicle project. These research suggest that rather than the ‘new’ transport policy niche leading to regime transformation, it is appears to be migrating to other policy regime structures that are more compatible to its approach.

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