Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Social exclusion: the roles of mobility and bridging social capital in regional Australia

John Stanley; Janet Stanley,

28th Jul 2017  02:00 pm - TBC

John Stanley

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Bios: John Stanley is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies and a former Deputy Chair of Australia’s National Road Transport Commission. He specializes in transport policy and planning and in land use/transport integration, an area where he has been an adviser to the Victorian Government on Melbourne’s two most recent long term land use plans. Janet Stanley is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, in the School of Design at University of Melbourne, specializing in social and environmental policy and planning, with transport and cities a major focus. She has been Visiting Professor at University of Hiroshima. They have recently published a new book, How great cities happen: Integrating people, land use and transport (2017; Edward Elgar Publishing), with colleague Professor Roz Hansen. John and Janet have researched and published widely over the past decade and a half on mobility, social exclusion and well-being, being internationally recognized in this field. Their related research on cities as a series of 20 minute neighbourhoods has been of Federal political interest in Australia in recent years. This seminar will focus on Australian regional research they have been undertaking on mobility and social exclusion.

Janet StanleyAbstract: Mobility is a fundamental requirement for well-functioning regions and for the wellbeing of their residents (and visitors). The paper first examines the role of mobility in promoting social inclusion of regional residents. Discussing the groups of regional people most likely to be at risk of social exclusion, because of poor mobility opportunities, the paper highlights pre-school children as a new focus for policy and research attention. It then highlights the importance of building bridging social capital to reduce risks of social exclusion in a regional setting, showing that, while regional people at high risk of social exclusion may achieve relatively high trip making (mobility), they may still have problems taking trips that build their bridging social capital. Public transport services can play a supportive role here, with indicative service levels outlined. To better meet regional mobility needs and achieve more effective use of mobility-supporting resources (e.g. vehicles, people), the paper proposes a central integrating role for Regional Accessibility Committees.