Transport and environmental innovation

Stephen Potter, Helen Roby, Matthew Cook, Pers-Anders Langendahl

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Transport gives rise to considerable C02 emissions, which are rising with little policy effect. Transport
policy is a socio-technical regime ordered around the state funding large transport capital projects.
This is supported by a professional skills and information structure that serves the logic of this regime.
However, an innovative form of transport planning practice has tentatively emerged. Instead of the
state implementing measures, it shifts to a supporting and enabling role with the devolution of
responsibility to transport users. This is a very different rationale about what constitutes transport
policy and its structures. This can be understood as a policy niche within the existing regime.
This paper reports research on two areas that seek to apply this niche approach: travel planning and
the Milton Keynes electric vehicle project. These research suggest that rather than the ‘new’ transport
policy niche leading to regime transformation, it is appears to be migrating to other policy regime
structures that are more compatible to its approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Innovation 11
Subtitle of host publicationState of the Art in Sustainable Innovation and Design
Place of PublicationFarnham, Surrey
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
EventSustainable Innovation: State of the Art‘ in Sustainable Innovation & Design - Farnham, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Oct 201125 Oct 2011
Conference number: 11


ConferenceSustainable Innovation
CountryUnited Kingdom

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