The Political in Transport and Mobility: Towards a Feminist Analysis of Everyday Mobility and Transport Planning

  • Tanja JoelssonEmail author
  • Christina Lindkvist Scholten


Transport and mobility are integrated with everyday activities in people’s lives. Transport research and planning has been characterized by utilitarian, rationalistic and quantitative epistemologies. Also, for a long time transport planning research has been gender coded as masculine. In this collection we show the importance of combining methodologies and that ‘numbers’ is useful when addressing issues of power and gender equality but also that qualitative and critical epistemologies bring important and necessary knowledge to the transport planning research field. This collection is a contribution to the research field of transport planning, representing a plurality of epistemologies—but with one important common denominator: transport planning as inheritably political practice and that transport planning research has to acknowledge the diversity of social positions when planning for equity and accessibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanja Joelsson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christina Lindkvist Scholten
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EducationUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Malmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  3. 3.K2 – Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public TransportLundSweden

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