Building an Oasis in a Transportation Desert

This project focuses on transportation insecurity and locally created transportation infrastructure. Specifically, this research will examine how people in transit insecure areas of San Jose mobilize local, informally created transportation infrastructure. The research team will draw on scholarly literature on mobility, the politics of transportation, and infrastructure and resource insecurity to guide their research design. In doing so, this project will shed light on how people cope with transportation insecurity and highlight whether or not people are able to develop and modify their local transportation infrastructure to suit their needs. This research will gain insight into local knowledge that has the potential to inform urban planning and policy efforts aimed at alleviating transportation insecurity and building more inclusive and sustainable transit systems. Additionally, this research aims to make a novel contribution to the anthropological literature on resource insecurity. Recent anthropological scholarship on resource insecurity examines the causes, coping responses, and effects of resource insecurity through examinations of food insecurity and water insecurity (Wutich and Brewis 2014). This project will extend this framework to examine how people cope with insecure transportation access—a vital resource in present-day post-industrial economies.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $5000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Beresford, Melissa

    • Start Date: 20200327
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210430
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01741564
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 29 2020 12:22PM