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Transport equity: why we need a better understanding of LGBTQ+ travel needs

Anciaes, Paulo Rui; (2022) Transport equity: why we need a better understanding of LGBTQ+ travel needs. Presented at: UCL LGBTQ+ STEM Conference 2022, London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

There is too much hope among scientists and governments that infrastructure and technology will solve all transport problems. This is a view focused on efficiency. But the benefits and costs of transport are not distributed fairly. Transport allows people to access resources and opportunities, but only if they have access to a car or to reliable, safe, and convenient public transport. Transport inequities have been studied concerning age, gender, income, and ethnicity. There is little knowledge on the travel needs of LGBTQ+ populations and on how not meeting these needs may exacerbate social exclusion and contribute to poor economic and health outcomes. Areas of concern include: 1) poor access to health/community facilities and social networks due to lack of transport, especially in the case of older people, in rural areas, and in the Global South, 2) perceived personal insecurity in streets and public transport. There are also methodological barriers to research, since many LGBTQ+ populations are “invisible” in surveys. In this presentation, I talk about my research in transport equity (which focused on age and income) and outline an agenda for further research on LGBTQ+ travel behaviour.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Transport equity: why we need a better understanding of LGBTQ+ travel needs
Event: UCL LGBTQ+ STEM Conference 2022
Location: London, UK
Dates: 9 Jun 2022
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/equality-div...
Language: English
Keywords: transport, travel, equity, inclusion
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155423
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