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Shaping Urban Freight Systems via a Participatory Approach to Inform Policy-Making

Daniela Paddeu () and Paulus Aditjandra ()
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Daniela Paddeu: Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Paulus Aditjandra: Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, UK

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 1, 1-15

Abstract: In the upcoming era of new technologies, a transport system is expected to be ‘more sustainable,’ ‘safer,’ and ‘more efficient.’ However, to what extent is this true? Based on the results of a series of stakeholder engagement workshops, the paper explores the vision of different stakeholders about urban freight of the future. A Participatory Approach was used to allow stakeholders to identify the problem and co-design a set of solutions. Potential impacts of innovative urban deliveries on economy, environment, and society were analysed. Methodology and results were then compared with those of a city stakeholder engagement workshop delivered in Newcastle upon-Tyne in 2014. Stakeholders considered that an “engaging” and “easy to use” process was needed to facilitate the process and it encouraged participants to find solutions for a ‘common good.’ The participatory approach proposed in this process would support transport planners and policy-makers to design and implement a consistent policy framework for future sustainable urban freight systems.

Keywords: stakeholder engagement; participatory approach; sustainability; urban freight of the future (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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