Mobilizing Justice launched its report “A Review on the Implications of COVID-19 for Delivering Equitable Transportation” at an online panel event on May 11, 2022.
The report synthesizes emerging knowledge from over 170 academic and grey literature studies to answer questions about how COVID-19 has impacted transportation systems. It is divided into 15 sections that double as stand-alone briefs about specific topics, covering the topic’s background, the relevant lessons from COVID-19, and the implications for policy and research. The summary presents the overall main findings and recommendations.
The full report and the summary are available in both English and French on the Mobilizing Justice website.
Four of the researchers whose work was cited in the report took part in “What comes next? A panel on equity and transportation during & after COVID-19” for a deep dive into transportation equity coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speakers included Jaimy Fischer, an Indigenous (Michif/Metis) PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University; Dr. Jacob Alhassan, an academic co-lead for the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Health Program and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry; Dr. Ignacio Tiznado-Aitken, a postdoctoral fellow and the research coordinator of the Suburban Mobilities Cluster at the University of Toronto Scarborough; and Dr. Lea Ravensbergen, a postdoctoral fellow at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford.
Moderated by Dr. Matt Palm, Research Coordinator, Mobilizing Justice, the event included brief presentations by each panelist from their research on learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic for delivering equitable transportation systems, followed by a Q and A.
Some of the research studies covered by presenters at this event are available here:
- Ravensbergen, L., Fournier, J., & El-Geneidy A. (2022). Mobility of Care: An Exploratory Analysis in Montréal, Canada. Paper to be presented at the Transportation Research Board 101st Annual Meeting.
- Jacob Albin Korem Alhassan, Charles Smith & Lori Hanson (2021). Politics, transportation, and the people’s health: a socio-political autopsy of the demise of a 70-year-old bus company, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2021.1905152.
- Fischer, Jaimy, Trisalyn Nelson, and Meghan Winters. 2022. Changes in the Representativeness of Strava Bicycling Data during COVID-19. Findings, March. https://doi.org/10.32866/001c.33280.
- Fischer, J., Winters, M. COVID-19 street reallocation in mid-sized Canadian cities: socio-spatial equity patterns. Can J Public Health 112, 376-390 (2021). https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-020-00467-3
- Jacob Albin Korem Alhassan, Sylvia Abonyi, Cordell Neudorf, Lori Hanson ) 2021. “It feels like somebody cut my legs off”: Austerity, transportation and the ‘web of dispossession’ in Saskatchewan, Canada. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 282, 114147. ISSN 0277-9536. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114147.
About Mobilizing Justice
Mobilizing Justice is a multi-sector research partnership committed to solving transportation inequities in Canadian cities. They are an unprecedented coalition that includes 33 academics from 6 Canadian provinces and 3 countries, 14 government agencies, 7 transportation companies, and 7 non-profit organizations. All partners are steadfastly committed to delivering equitable transportation systems.