Building a Metaframework for Sustainable Transport Indicators: Review of selected Contributions

Yannick Cornet, Henrik Gudmundsson

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    Abstract

    Several recent papers presented at TRB and elsewhere seek to make sustainability manageable by suggesting indicators and performance measures as key tools to help conceptualize and operationalize sustainability for various levels of transportation-related planning and decision-making. These studies often prescribe frameworks that will allow sustainability indicators and measures to be selected and included in, for example, agency strategies and practices. Moreover, some suggest criteria for selection of individual indicators and performance measures. The studies do however not always agree on what is really meant by a framework or how to use it for making sustainability-based decisions, and they seem to underline partly different aspects and concerns. This paper will address the issue of frameworks more generically and explore what the authors term a ‘meta-framework’ with a set of associated criteria to guide the framing of indicators for sustainable transportation. The meta-framework is primarily intended as a basis for undertaking empirical analysis and evaluation of actual existing practice frameworks with regards to how strong a support for sustainability they are likely to provide. The approach of the paper is first to provide a theoretical elaboration of the underlying notion of ‘frameworks’, and then to conduct a review of the selected recent key scientific studies on sustainable transportation indicator frameworks in terms of what they propose for building the meta-framework and for identifying possible criteria at the framework level. A framework criterion on ‘sustainability
    explicitness’ is used to illustrate a deeper level of analysis that can be supported.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
    Number of pages19
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board - Washington D.C., United States
    Duration: 11 Jan 201515 Jan 2015

    Conference

    Conference94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
    CountryUnited States
    CityWashington D.C.
    Period11/01/201515/01/2015

    Keywords

    • Sustainability
    • Transportation
    • Framework
    • Indicators

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    Cornet, Y., & Gudmundsson, H. (2015). Building a Metaframework for Sustainable Transport Indicators: Review of selected Contributions. In Proceedings of 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board