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Mobilities at the edge: splintering urbanism and transport-related social exclusion in Soacha, Colombia, 2000-2013

Oviedo Hernandez, DR; (2017) Mobilities at the edge: splintering urbanism and transport-related social exclusion in Soacha, Colombia, 2000-2013. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

The research sets out to identify the effects of an uneven provision of transport infrastructures and services on social and spatial marginalization. Using the case study of Soacha, a municipality adjacent to Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city, I explore the underlying causes of fragmentation in the provision of infrastructure and services for transport to socially and spatially peripheral Populations in the area known locally as Cazucá. Through the analysis of planning and regulatory documents and interviews with civil servants and community leaders, the research links the political, administrative and social structures of Colombia’s capital region with the structure of transport supply and demand in Soacha. Building on primary qualitative information and secondary quantitative data, I investigate travel practices and strategies of the peripheral poor and their response to social and transport-related disadvantages. Travel practices, perceptions and priorities of low-income populations in a set of deprived neighbourhoods in Soacha are analysed under a framework of transport-related social exclusion, critically examining the elements that play a role in allowing residents to gain access to the city. The research finds that different transport and non-transport-related variables play a significant role in travel practices, highlighting differences in relation to income, gender, position in the household, and physical location and conditions of the built environment. The research contributes to a more socially-informed analysis of the dynamics of transport-related social exclusion, aiming to complement current theory and practice related to transport and urban planning in marginalised areas.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Mobilities at the edge: splintering urbanism and transport-related social exclusion in Soacha, Colombia, 2000-2013
Event: UCL
Language: English
Keywords: Transport, Social Exclusion, Colombia, Informality, Poverty, Urban development, Splintering urbanism
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546331
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