Meet & fly: Sustainable transport academics and the elephant in the room

This viewpoint addresses the discrepancy between ‘normal’ academic travel behaviour (flying to meetings all over the planet) and today's hot-topic research agendas in transport studies, including ‘sustainable mobility’, ‘sustainable accessibility’, ‘resilient and healthy cities’, but also ‘engaged planning theory and practice’ and ‘active and responsible citizenship’. As of today, this paradox remains a blind spot within the community of transport academics exploring and advocating sustainable mobility, i.e. the ‘sustainable transport academics’. Research agendas and conference themes rarely draw attention to the problem, and transport academics do not seem to organize or openly engage in working towards solutions. The authors believe this negation of the environmental ‘curse’ of our hypermobility obstructs immediate and clear-cut actions to reduce our carbon footprint, and hampers a shift towards more sustainable academic meeting practices in the long run. The authors conceptualize a global academic partnership as a promising and necessary route forward, both for science and society.


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  • Accession Number: 01679843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2018 3:06PM