Academic lead: Orly Linovski, University of Manitoba
Partner lead: Jay Pitter, MES, Author, Placemaker, and City Builder
TWG3 will examine the spectrum of professional and political actors who facilitate or hinder efforts to reduce transport poverty, using collaborative research methods to understand how the activities of community groups, planners, and decision-makers can better support equitable planning processes. Existing transportation planning processes in Canada tend to exclude input from marginalized populations, contributing to unequal or ineffective allocations of resources. Little academic research or professional practice has focused on community-based advocacy related to transport – an omission that discounts the substantial grassroots work being done to overcome TRSE.
Co-leads Linovski and Pitter will facilitate the creation of case studies of community-based transportation-justice mobilization efforts across Canada, co-produced with community groups and supported through micro-grants. Community groups will be invited to participate in the case studies so as to ensure a diverse representation of locations, social identities, and economic conditions (e.g. unemployed, students, residents in community housing). In this way, we will document the advocacy work being done and ensure our research is informed by community-based knowledge and shared within and across regions, thus offering reciprocal benefits to the participating organizations.
TWG3 will lead a survey of elected officials serving on transport-related committees at all levels of government (n=40) on barriers and opportunities for more equitable transport planning processes and outcomes. Follow-up focus groups and interviews will build on these finding by examining decision-makers’ use of evidence and data (like that collected in the Activity 1 survey), their support for equity standards (like those developed in Activity 2), and their implementation of innovative transportation solutions (like those explored in Activity 3). They will be asked to comment on the desirability and feasibility of implementing equity standards that find their roots in sufficientarian versus capability-based conceptualizations of distributive justice, thus contributing to our ability to reach consensus on a set of recommended standards.
TWG3 will engage in a series of workshops with community groups, planners, funders, and decision makers, to produce a transportation planning process map that clearly identifies when and how equity-focused activities should be integrated into the transport planning process. This work will culminate in an accessible planning tool, which will be disseminated widely to professional, political, and community-based actors, and serve as a benchmark for equitable transportation planning processes and outcomes.
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