Mobilizing Justice began as a two-day workshop that brought 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. Check back here in the coming months for workshop reports, presentations and information on upcoming events and next steps.
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 enabled participants to work towards 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. A forthcoming report synthesizes these discussions for public and professional audiences.
Participants helped 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 created opportunities for students and emerging scholars to share their research and their ideas. Workshop activities helped build relationships across institutions, fostering forthcoming research partnerships and policy consultation efforts that aim to improve the practice of transport equity analysis throughout Canada. Stay tuned for more!
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.