Mobilizing Justice is a two-day workshop that will bring industry, government, and community stakeholders together with academics to develop a shared vision for social equity and emerging transportation technologies, and to identify future research needs in this area. Hosted at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, the event will leverage Toronto’s rise as a hub of smart city innovation with presentations by business leaders piloting innovative transportation solutions. The workshop will take place on November 7th and 8th.
Canada’s federal and provincial governments do not provide clear or consistent guidance on how to identify and support communities that are disadvantaged with regard to transportation. By bringing together diverse audiences, workshop activities will help participants develop a shared vision of the meaning of a socially equitable transport system in the Canadian context, enabling discussion on how new technologies can advance that vision. The workshop organizers will produce a white paper synthesizing the findings for public and professional audiences.
Participants will identify the research needs of transportation agencies, community groups, and transport technology firms with regard to social equity and new technologies. The process of identifying research needs with stakeholders will provide opportunities for students and emerging scholars. Workshop activities will encourage relationship-building across institutions, fostering research partnerships, and policy consultation efforts that can improve the practice of transport equity analysis throughout Canada.
Mobilizing Justice is made possible by the generous support of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as several departments, schools, and faculties of the University of Toronto and University of Toronto Scarborough. We would also like to thank the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) for their support.
In the coming weeks we will provide a tentative workshop schedule and compendium of abstracts on this site, along with additional information on how participants can prepare for the conference.