UWE TRANSPORT PROFESSOR GIVES INAUGURAL LECTURE

Issue date: 30 April 2003


ISSUE DATE: 30/05/05

1 May 2003, Arup, 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol 6.00pm to 7.15pm

Professor Glenn Lyons from the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England will deliver his inaugural lecture on ‘Transport and Society’ at Arup, 63 St Thomas Street, Bristol on 1 May 2003. The lecture will begin at 6.00pm and finish by 7.15pm.

Professor Lyons said, “In 1963 the Buchanan Report advocated a combination of new road capacity, improved public transport and traffic restraint as a means to tackle congestion. Forty years on and the advice from many transport experts remains the same. However, the scale and complexity of the problems associated with a mobility-dependent society have grown.

“The need for politicians to make tough but realistic policy decisions on transport is now becoming unavoidable. They must confront the realities of living with the car, as must the general public. Policymakers now also have social well-being and sustainable development moving higher on their agendas alongside transport.”

Against such a backdrop, this lecture will make the case for transport research policy and practice to acknowledge the inherent links between transport and society.

Professor Lyons will argue that greater recognition and understanding of such links is crucial to confronting the realities we face. He said,” Transport does not merely serve society, it shapes society, as in turn society shapes transport. The future of each is dependent on the other and we must recognise this.” Lyons will advocate in turn that the transport profession must move from its heartlands in engineering and economics to also embrace such disciplines as sociology and psychology.

A factual picture of the many facets of present-day society will be presented and the implications for travel demand discussed. Through considering phenomena such as social norms and habitual behaviour, Lyons will then argue that the travel choices and behaviour of individuals are not simply a matter of economic optimisation. This points to the need for decision makers to be furnished with better evidence concerning the transport problems we face and the potential efficacy of measures that might be taken. Discussion of public attitudes and the role of the media will be included in the context of assessing how politicians can be encouraged and supported in their implementation of realistic but unpopular policies.

To book a place at the lecture please call Jeni Lee on 0117 344 3000 or e-mail Jennifer2.Lee@uwe.ac.uk

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