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New book on urban mobility co-edited by DPU's Dr Daniel Oviedo out now

7 January 2021

The book entitled "Urban Mobility and Social Equity in Latin American Cities: Evidence, Concepts and Methods for more Inclusive Cities" is the 12th volume of the Transport and Sustainability series of Emerald Publishing.

Urban Mobility and Social Equity in Latin America

The book was co-edited by Dr Daniel Oviedo from the DPU along with Natalia Villamizar Duarte from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Ana Marcela Ardila Pinto from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, and is available online.

About the book

Urban mobility plays a significant role in shaping the urban form of our cities and the way we experience them. Transport infrastructures and public transport services largely determine such a role and how these infrastructures and services fit with our cities' socioeconomic, functional, and spatial structure. The distribution of different means for urban mobility largely determines individuals' ability in various social and economic positions to access opportunities and exercise their right to the city.

Latin America is a unique setting for examining the links between urban mobility and social equity. This volume compiles contributions from scholars researching a diverse set of cases across the Americas concerning the social impacts of urban mobility and discussing concepts and methods that can help us examine the distributional effects of transport policies in the region. By reviewing how spatial and social mobilities contribute to the reproduction of both spatial and social inequities in Latin American cities, the book provides an exciting collection of research that expands on different fronts on the current literature in and about the region.


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Book structure

Recognizing the profound relationship between accessibility, equity and inclusion, this book's contributions are collated in three sections: structural dimensions of accessibility, active travel and local accessibility, and accessibility of emerging mobilities.

Chapters discussing the Structural Dimensions of Accessibility, focus on mobility and transport as enablers of access to urban services and activities.

The second section (Active Travel and Local Accessibility), emphasizes the intersection between sustainable forms of transport, equity, health, and well-being.

Finally, works on Accessibility of Emerging Mobilities spotlight understanding needs and demands of specific populations whose vulnerable condition represents a challenge for social equity in mobility and transport policymaking.

Why it is worth reading?

The book will present readers with a close examination of the diversity of urban realities and mobility experiences in cities across cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is an exciting new resource for scholars and practitioners alike, which provides a balanced collection of case studies and comparative perspectives that illustrate territorial, economic, political and social drivers of urban mobility and the development of accessible and inclusive urban spaces.

This book results from a collective effort of co-production of knowledge and policy recommendations that recognizes the diversity of Latin American cities and their populations while striving for the social construction of shared solutions.

All chapters are available for UCL students and staff on Emerald’s digital repository using your UCL credentials.