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Ethical Issues in Transportation

Anciaes, PR; Thomopoulos, N; (2014) Ethical Issues in Transportation. In: Garrett, M, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy. (pp. 534-541). SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Ethics is a discipline dealing with the set of rules, principles and beliefs used to judge the value of human actions. Ethics are relevant in the transportation sector due to the diversity and the social relevance of its effects, both positive and negative. Normative assessments of transportation plans and policies invoked by policy-makers, researchers and activists often use concepts such as equality, equity, fairness and justice, which are informed by ethical views. Despite the increased interest in these issues in policy debates and research, there are few examples of actual attempts to explicitly address them in transport planning. This entry presents contemporary perspectives around ethical question in transportation, including social understandings of accessibility, risk and environmental effects, as well as a review of transportation project evaluation methods and the implications of ethics for policy-makers, researchers, and individuals and companies making decisions in the transportation market.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Ethical Issues in Transportation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Bo...
Language: English
Additional information: This chapter is made available by permission of the publisher. The chapters "Visual Pollution" and "Women in Transportation" in the same encyclopedia are available here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10029021/.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1443600
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