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TUT-POL, Case study research in eight cities, Harvard, USA

Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership

Elliot Sclar

Diane E. Davis is a Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Her published works examine the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative international development, the politics of urban development policy, and conflict cities. She has explored topics ranging from historic preservation, urban social movements, and identity politics to urban governance, fragmented sovereignty, and state formation to planning theory.

TUT-POL is hosted by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and led by Professor Diane Davis. The project conducts case study research in eight cities — Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, and Vienna — where political leadership has been central to the adoption and implementation of significant, transformative, and innovative transportation policies.

By asking how, why, and under what conditions political leaders have been able to overcome obstacles — such as bureaucratic inertia, citizen opposition and transport provider intransigence —research insights are expected to emerge that could have significant practical applications and contribute to facilitating the adoption and implementation of transformative transportation policies in cities around the world.

Host organisation:
https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/diane-davis/


Publication

Transforming Urban Transport

Released on October 2018

 

Reports

Transforming Urban Transport: Political Strategies and Tactics

Released on July 2018

 

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