Implementing Creative Methodological Innovations for Inclusive Sustainable Transport Planning (I-CMIIST)

SEI Projects 2017 ICMIIST Urban Mobility EAfrica
Congestion and lack of pedestrian space contributes to poor urban mobility in African cities such as Nairobi. Photo: Diaz Nash 

Typically, half of East African cities urban residents walk to work (60% Kampala daily commute trips are on foot) yet infrastructure provision for non-motorised transport remains mainly aspirational. Inclusion of vulnerable communities in the development of streetscape infrastructure to support their journeys is rare; but considering their livelihood and social interaction needs in planning is even less common. Addressing sustainable mobility for developing country cities is a key urbanisation challenge. 

Building upon a completed GCRF network grant (CMIIST) that explored with artists, practitioners, planners and policy makers the potential benefits of using more creative methods to co-design urban infrastructure to enhance mobility, the project compares the outcomes of deploying such approaches on: inclusion; co-benefits including unexpected improvised opportunities; and outcomes - with current standard planning practices. It also evaluates the longer term learning legacy encouraged by this interdisciplinary action research on key decision makers to assess if belief changes have occurred.

Funder: British Academy