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The ‘I’ in Sustainable Planning: Constructions of Users Within Municipal Planning for Sustainable Mobility

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An important quest for a feminist transport agenda is that policy and practice reflect a diverse set of experiences. This chapter explores how professionals understand sustainable mobility and how their understandings are linked to gendered relations. The analysis shows that professionals use their own experiences of travelling as a source of knowledge. Their understandings of sustainable mobility are built on their own middle-class and family-oriented experiences. Sustainable mobility is thus constructed as something desirable but difficult for families to choose since car offers a flexibility that cycling and public transport don’t. This understanding excludes users who lack resources such as car. The chapter concludes with a suggestion for expanding professionals’ knowledge bases, which can support a future feminist transport agenda.

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Notes

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    The full study is published in Henriksson (2014).

  2. 2.

    The “free choice of school” is a political reform from 1992 allowing parents to freely choose school for their child to attend. This as an alternative to being assigned to the closest school in relation to where you live.

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    The image depicts a woman riding a bike with two children on it. They are all wearing helmets and are dressed in bright colours.

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    That childcare trips are mostly performed by women has been studied and problematized within feminist geography; see, for example, Domosh and Seager (2001).

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Figured name Gender (f/m) Year of birth Title/role
The Urban Planning Office
Hans m 1957 Parking coordinator
Henrik m 1974 Traffic planner
Herman m 1973 Traffic engineer, project leader of the bicycle programme
Hector m 1983 Traffic engineer
Henry m 1967 Energy and climate adviser
Hilda f 1981 Traffic planner
Hanna f 1978 Office coordinator, previously project manager sustainable mobility
Hannes m 1971 Project manager sustainable mobility
Hedwig f 1978 Project manager sustainable mobility (sub.)
Heidi f 1973 Project manager sustainable mobility
Hillevi f 1959 Traffic engineer (executive)
Henning m 1949 Traffic director (executive)
Holger m 1967 Traffic manager (executive)
Harald m 1948 City gardener (executive)
The Environmental Office
Hampus m 1968 Environmental inspector
Helena f 1973 Environmental strategist

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Henriksson, M. (2019). The ‘I’ in Sustainable Planning: Constructions of Users Within Municipal Planning for Sustainable Mobility. In: Scholten, C., Joelsson, T. (eds) Integrating Gender into Transport Planning. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05042-9_8

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