Alternative futures of transport

Sohail Inayatullah

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Based on the experience of transport policy and scenario planning in South-East Queensland, this essay explores the alternative futures of transport. It does so by first exploring the weight of lock-ins that make creating new futures nearly impossible. Next, the ways that the future can be used to transform policy are explored. Three futures methods are used to articulate the alternative futures of transport. These are the futures triangle (the push, pull and weight of the future); scenarios (triple bottom line to Gaia, industrial realism to likely collapse, global technologization leading to artificial societies, and localization leading to a return of the past) and causal layered analysis. The essay concludes with a feminist unpacking of transportation futures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Analysis
  • Policy
  • Transport


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