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Register below for the first session of our 3rd international seminar series, Showcasing INTALInC Research: Outputs and Impacts. Transport for Inclusive Development will be chaired by INTALInC director, Professor Karen Lucas and take place on 26th April 2023, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm (UK time).

The complete programme is now available here, where you can also register for other webinars in the series.

Transport for Inclusive Development

Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 2:30pm (BST) on Zoom

Diana Sandoval, Inter-American Development Bank
Daniel Oviedo, University College London
Lynn Scholl, Inter-American Development Bank
Session abstract:
Urban mobility and accessibility are essential elements for a dignified life and the full development of people and societies. The ability to move and have access to efficient, affordable, and safe transport are key to enabling access education, healthcare, jobs, participation in civic life, and ultimately to reduce poverty and inequality. However, not all user groups enjoy the same levels of accessibility to opportunities, and therefore, mobility and accessibility can be limited due to numerous factors that generate transport-related disadvantage and social exclusion.  Disparities in the distribution of accessible and affordable public transport infrastructure and services contribute to barriers to accessibility to opportunities for the poor and disadvantaged groups. In addition, persons with disabilities often face severe barriers in terms of physical accessibility to and affordability of adequate transportation services and infrastructure, which prevents them from freely navigating their environment and accessing job opportunities that could help lift them out of poverty. The inability to access universally accessible and safe transport infrastructure services – manifested as barriers in the design of vehicles, public spaces, streets, stations, and bus stops, as well as barriers to transportation, communication, and empathy – can expose vulnerable groups to disproportionate burdens of transport-related externalities.  Moreover, the cost of transport can be a source of economic stress and vulnerability for those spending a disproportionate share of their income accessing mobility and the opportunities it makes available. The lack of affordable transportation options for disadvantaged populations can further exclude them from accessing the opportunities and services that tend to be concentrated in cities.
This webinar will draw from the recently published Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) flagship report, “Transport for Inclusive Development: Defining a Path for Latin America and the Caribbean,” to explore these issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Speakers include authors of three chapters of this publication:
Chapter 2: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Barriers to Mobility and Accessibility for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Populations in Urban Areas,
Chapter 4: The Transit Divide: Mapping Inequalities in the Coverage and Quality of Public Transport, and
Chapter 5: Out-of-Pocket: Transport Affordability and Social Inclusion.
The session will share policy experiences and empirical evidence to inform a discussion about practices and lessons learned, highlighting current challenges for fostering social inclusion of low-income populations through public transport infrastructure. Public transport serves as the guiding thread for this dialogue, examining the role they have played in enabling accessibility of low-income and disadvantaged populations and the barriers that those populations face in the region in terms of access to safe, affordable, and adequate transit systems. We will close by presenting policy solutions to reduce disparities in the coverage and quality of systems and insights and recommendations for improving public transport quality, coverage, affordability, and accessibility for low-income and disadvantaged groups in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Navigating intersectional realities through smart urbanism: Gender, media and design

There’s still time to submit an abstract looking at the in- and exclusion of vulnerable groups, despite calls for more inclusion, in smart cities.

Navigating Intersection Realities through Smart Urbanism: Gender, Media and Design, will take place on 12 April 2023 at Utrecht University. Organised by Professor Ajay Bailey, Seama Mowri and Dr Michiel de Lange, it will bring together academics and practitioners from across disciplines to learn from smart urbanisms in the global south and street-level experience, and consider contributions to more inclusive smart urbanisms that reflect local histories, situations and needs.

Webinar series now online

The second annual INTALInC webinar series, ‘Solutions-led perspectives on inclusive and sustainable mobilities: New pathways, fresh horizons’ is now available via our YouTube channel.
Sessions cover: ‘New perspectives from emerging landscapes’; ‘Inclusifying urban transport’; ‘Widening inclusion in urban transport planning’; ‘Digital futures and the role of technologies’; ‘Spatial planning and integrated transport development’; and lastly a panel session, ‘Future actions for briding the gap’.

Newsletter, Spring 2022

Second INTALInC Webinar series starts Thursday 30th September 2021

The series will run on alternate Thursdays until 9th December 2021. Six interactive sessions will investigate themes including: ‘New Perspectives from Emerging Horizons’; ”Inclusifying’ Urban Transport’; ‘Participative Solutions in Urban Transport Planning’; ‘Digital Futures and the Role of Technologies’; and ‘Spatial Planning and Integrated Transport Development’ to seek solutions to meet needs on the ground. To conclude, a panel session will draw together ideas and experience from across the series to look at ways of ‘Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice’.

The series brings together some of the most exciting speakers working on transport and mobilities policy and practice in academia, planning, governance, and activism from around the world.

Photography competition: Framing mobilities in low income communities

International judging panel: Ilana Boltnivik (Instituto de Artes Plásticas, Universidad Veracruzana) (Chair); Mats Jarnhammar (VREF, MAC programme); Samuel Odewume (Lagos State University); Karen Lucas (Director of INTALInC); Emma Tsoneva (INTALInC); Alejandro Manga (INTALInC).

Information in French
Information in Spanish

Early Career Researchers’ Showcase

INTALInC is hosting an online seminar to showcase the work of our Early Career Researchers on Thursday 8th April 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:30 pm (UK time). The even is open for all network members and will be a great opportunity to hear emerging opinions about transport justice and equitable mobility in the global south.

More information and register to attend this event.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

News archive

STEPS press release: 2018
Newsletter: Spring 2019
Update: Winter 2018
Update: Autumn 2017
Flyer: 2017

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