VREF-SLoCat Webinar: Political Strategies for Transforming Urban Transport

On May 7, 2015 from 10 to 11 am EST, the VREF and Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport jointly organized a Webinar on political strategies for transforming urban transport.  The webinar aimed to spark a preliminary conversation about the forces of change and the action strategies that make transforming urban transport possible. 

Link to the presentationPDF (pdf, 1.6 MB)


The webinar will highlight and discuss: 

  • how BRT promoters in Mexico City successfully anticipated resistance and pre-empted opposition
  • how proponents of highway removal and bus reform in Seoul flexibly framed the scope of their efforts to recruit a broad supporting coalition
  • how Stockholm authorities relied on trialing and prototyping to turn public opinion in favor of congestion pricing. 


  • Diane E. Davis, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Onesimo Flores-Dewey, Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Event:                   Political Strategies for Transforming Urban Transport

Date: May 7th, 2015

Time: 10 am EST/4 pm Central European/10 pm Shanghai time

Host:         www.slocat.net

Link to homepage: http://slocat.net/event/1450

Link to presentationPDF (pdf, 1.6 MB)

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