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NUTC Seminar - Alex Karner, UT Austin - “From Transportation Equity to Transportation Justice: Within, Through, and Beyond the State”


When: Thursday, May 27, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Open to the public / no registration required.

Contact: Andrea Cehaic  

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Northwestern University Transportation Center presents:

“From Transportation Equity to Transportation Justice: Within, Through, and Beyond the State”

Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning
The University of Texas at Austin

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 @ 4pm CT


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Abstract: Transportation policies, plans, and projects all flow through state institutions because of the substantial cost of infrastructure and the need to assess transportation system performance, including equity implications. But environmental justice scholarship interrogates the state’s role in perpetuating injustice. Most research and planning practice related to transportation equity has relied upon state-sponsored analytical methods. Transportation planners and scholars can benefit from critical assessments of these approaches. In this talk, Dr. Karner will propose a shift in focus from transportation equity to a broader consideration of transportation justice that is more closely aligned with models of social change promulgated in the environmental justice literature and by related movements. He will discuss recent research and advocacy efforts that embody transportation justice ideals.


Speaker Bio: Alex Karner is an assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. His research addresses interdisciplinary questions of transportation equity and justice using geographic information science, action research, and qualitative methods.

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