Knowledge Production for Transport Policies in the Information Society

This paper explores and analyses the challenges and needs that developments in the information society are bringing to knowledge production supporting policy development and strategic decision making in the field of transport. Currently, the context of transport policies is about to shift from a transport infrastructure network design towards the development of a large socio-technical system, depending largely on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and related applications. In this new context the traditional, analytical knowledge production approaches (such as “planning” and '”impact assessment”, referring to infrastructure investments and project appraisals) are alone not sufficient in providing the knowledge needed to understand the dynamics between the different actors, as a basis for transport policy development. The knowledge provided to make informed transport decisions needs to include also new forms to serve the needs of a wider variety of societal actors. Based on the field of science and technology studies (STS), paper identifies five emerging forms, relevant to transport policy knowledge production in the future. These are: Knowledge production through system-based foresight; Knowledge production through system-based evaluation; Knowledge production in networks; Knowledge production as processes of social learning and argumentation; Knowledge production as a source of renewal. The paper claims that the presented forms can shed light on the relationships between knowledge production, policy making and the society, which may lead to the implementation of new, socially embedded ways of developing transport systems and policies. The paper also presents scientific and practical implications of these knowledge production forms and related future research.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1889
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:52AM