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Using disruption as an opportunity to change travel practices

Williams, David; Chatterton, Tim; Parkhurst, Graham

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David Williams david23.williams@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Disruption has negative connotations in society, yet it can provide the opportunity for change to reduce our reliance on high carbon travel practices. Using local authorities in England as the unit of enquiry the paper discusses how local authorities currently manage disruptive events. Using a social practice approach to behaviour the paper uses two case studies: the Workington Floods 2009 and the closure of Bridge Valley Road, Bristol between 2010 and 2011 to identify where the opportunities existed to change travel practices to low carbon alternatives through disruptive events in England. The paper identifies several opportunities that may have existed to change practices to low carbon alternatives that were not taken up due to the desire to return infrastructure to pre-event conditions rather than an improved future of low carbon travel.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Nov 5, 2012
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Williams, D., Chatterton, T., & Parkhurst, G. (2012, November). Using disruption as an opportunity to change travel practices. Paper presented at 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience
Keywords disruption, local authority, social practice, low carbon travel
Publisher URL http://www.usar-conference-2012.org/
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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