Using disruption as an opportunity to change travel practices

Williams, D., Chatterton, T. and Parkhurst, G. (2012) Using disruption as an opportunity to change travel practices. In: 1st International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College London, 5-6 November 2012. London: UNSPECIFIED Available from:


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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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:disruption, local authority, social practice, low carbon travel
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:22162
Deposited By: Dr D. Williams
Deposited On:19 Dec 2013 11:41
Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 10:27

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