The Bartlett School of Planning


Handbook on Transport and Development

Handbook on Transport and Development

19 August 2015

Edited by:
Robin Hickman, University College London, UK
Moshe Givoni, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
David Bonilla, University of Oxford, UK
David Banister, University of Oxford, UK

In the last forty years or so the research field exploring the relationship and interaction between transport and development has developed rapidly. While sophistication in analysis has increased, understanding the effective integration of transport and development often remains poor in theory and in practice – with sometimes devastating effects. This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of both the current and emerging thinking in this field, drawing on multidisciplinary thinking in transport planning, transport, urban and spatial economics, and the wider social sciences.

With 45 chapters from leading international authors, the book is organised around three main themes:

  • Urban structure and travel;
  • Transport and spatial impacts;
  • Wider dimensions in transport and development.

The chapters each present commentary on key issues within these themes, presenting the debate on the impacts of urban structure on travel, the impacts of transport investment on development, and social and cultural change on travel. A multitude of competing inter-disciplinary perspectives are considered – leaving the reader with an invaluably comprehensive and critical understanding of the field.

This major Handbook will serve as a guide for undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, consultants, and also practitioners and policy makers, wishing to find a comprehensive and original reference to research on transport and development.

‘This timely compendium offers some of the best, up-to-date knowledge on how transport and development, richly defined, jointly shape each other. Written by some of the most authoritative voices in the field and encyclopedic in its coverage, Handbook on Transport and Development brings together fresh, grounded insights from across the globe, at multiple geographic scales, and for everything from bikeways to fast inter-city trains. It is a wonderful reference and must-have library addition to anyone who cares about charting sustainable urban, regional, and mobility futures.’

– Robert Cervero, University of California, Berkeley, US

Publisher website:

Hickman, R., Givoni, M., Bonilla, D. & Banister, D. (eds.) 2015. Handbook on Transport and Development, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.