This event is available to CIHT members.
The transport sector faces the challenge of compound change. Not only are there mounting signs of a new era of mobility unfolding as a rapidly maturing digital age has collided with the motor age, but we are discovering that our forecast-led paradigm of transport planning needs to evolve in response to a changing world.
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In 2016, 200 transport professionals from CIHT engaged in exploring this challenge. They voiced strong support for a new approach to planning for the future of mobility – moving away from the regime compliant approach that culminates in predict and provide and towards a regime testing approach that culminates in decide and provide.
There has been growing recognition of the need to embrace deep uncertainty over the future in tandem with strategic planning intended to shape that future. This helps to ensure policymaking and investment decisions are more robust.
The 2019 Learned Society Lecture is an opportunity to hear about the challenges and opportunities of this new approach to planning that is now being developed and applied. Its uncomfortable territory but as the French philosopher Voltaire reportedly said over 200 years ago, “Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one”. We need to engage with this challenge or we risk running into problems.
Cubic Theatre Foyer
Deborah Sims - Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich & Vice President, CIHT
Glenn Lyons - Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility
Stephen Cragg - Senior Transport Planner, Strategic Transport Planning, Strategy and Analysis Directorate, Transport Scotland
Lynn Basford, Independent Consultant and CIHT lead on CIHT FUTURES
Moderator: Deborah Sims – Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich & Vice President, CIHT
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