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History and Transport Policy

The Swiss Experience

Ueli Haefeli, Fritz Kobi, and Ulrich Seewer

Based on analysis of two case studies in the Canton of Bern, this article examines the question of knowledge transfer from history to transport policy and planning in the recent past in Switzerland. It shows that for several reasons, direct knowledge transfer did not occur. In particular, historians have seldom become actively involved in transport planning and policy discourses, probably partly because the academic system offers no incentive to do so. However, historical knowledge has certainly influenced decision-making processes indirectly, via personal reflection of the actors in the world of practice or through Switzerland's strongly developed modes of political participation. Because the potential for knowledge transfer to contribute to better policy solutions has not been fully utilized, we recommend strengthening the role of existing interfaces between science and policy.

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Dhan Zunino Singh, Tomás Errázuriz, Rodrigo Booth, and Melina Piglia

For more than a decade a group of scholars has tried to reconstruct and analyze the history of mobilities in Latin America. Meetings such as the T2M annual conference and rich collaborative projects and publications have fostered a common approach to this work, a method built upon theoretical and methodological approaches as much as a common “sensibility” toward mobilities. Without being fully aware of his position, Guillermo Giucci has been an invaluable member of this group. Although distance and other circumstances have prevented his direct participation in the meetings mentioned above, his work has nonetheless traversed the region, capturing the attention of fellow mobility scholars and becoming an essential reference for most ongoing work. Giucci’s influential position stems from his willingness to study subjects that few of his colleagues have grappled with and to break with the typical isolation and lack of comparative research found in Latin American mobility history.

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“That’s Where I First Saw the Water”

Mobilizing Children’s Voices in UK Flood Risk Management

Alison Lloyd Williams, Amanda Bingley, Marion Walker, Maggie Mort, and Virginia Howells

up the possibility of exploring children’s role as actors within the broader spaces of emergency policy and practice, as called for by those working in children’s mobilities. For example, in his analysis of young people’s participation in transport

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Holly Thorpe

, and how these individuals adapted their sporting participation in the changing social-cultural-economic-physical geography following the earthquakes. The majority of the fourteen participants in this project described their sporting activities being

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“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”

Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers

Amie McLean

. Data were generated through qualitative interviews with current and former female and male truck drivers; observant participation 8 at truck stops, weigh scales, and industry-associated sites; listening to and recording VHF radio communications; 9 and

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Dhan Zunino Singh

“uneasy relationship” between capitalism and patriarchy. 27 In Argentina, the paid work of women outside the home was seen as an unavoidable temporary situation. The participation rate of women in the labor force between the late nineteenth century and

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Worldly Tastes

Mobility and the Geographical Imaginaries of Interwar Australian Magazines

Victoria Kuttainen and Susann Liebich

audience that was either highly mobile or that desired upward social mobility expressed in part through participation in modern commodity and consumer culture, of which leisure travel and an imagined participation in international modernity were key parts

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Eirini Kasioumi, Anna Plyushteva, Talya Zemach-Bersin, Kathleen F. Oswald, Molly Sauter, Alexandra Ganser, Mustafa Ahmed Khan, Natasha Raheja, Harry Oosterhuis, and Benjamin Fraser

-spiked education reform. Sims notes that public education is often a scapegoat for society-spanning issues like income inequality or fading civic participation and is repeatedly subjected to reforms destined to fall short of their goals. At the Downtown School, as

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“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles”

Three Views of Mobility from Africa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier, and Katrien Pype

Africa: Exploring a New Analytical Field (Leuven, 17–18 October 2013) for their enthusiastic participation in the conference, on which this special section is based: in alphabetical order, Harrison Esam Awuh (KU Leuven), Martha Chinouya (Northumbria

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At the Threshold to the New World

Equator Crossings, Sunsets, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques

Michael Bies

Wiederholung in aktuellen Relektüren historischer ‘Entdeckungsreisen’” [Literary conquest? Rewriting, participation, and repetition in actual rereadings of historical expeditions], in Literarische Entdeckungsreisen: Vorfahren—Nachfahrten—Revisionen [Fictional