Urban transportation sustainability assessments : a systematic review of literature

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dc.contributor.author Karjalainen, Linda E.
dc.contributor.author Juhola, Sirkku
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-18T05:11:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-18T05:11:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09-03
dc.identifier.citation Karjalainen , L E & Juhola , S 2021 , ' Urban transportation sustainability assessments : a systematic review of literature ' , Transport Reviews , vol. 41 , no. 5 , pp. 659-684 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2021.1879309
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000614836000001
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-0095-2282/work/101664016
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-8313-7755/work/101664656
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85100558000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335385
dc.description.abstract The volume of urban transportation sustainability assessments in academic literature has steadily increased over the last two decades. This paper targets these studies through the first systematic literature review to construct a synthesised and critical overview of how urban transportation sustainability is in fact assessed. The sample consists of 99 peer-reviewed articles retrieved via three scientific search engines. The results reveal a Europe-centric and single-case focus, a strong interest to introduce new indicator systems with limited references to previous work, and a lack of qualitative approaches and stakeholder diversity regarding the assessment methods. Nearly 2400 indicators are identified in the articles with significant variation in their use. Furthermore, the comprehensive accounting for sustainability is often overlooked, and the inconclusive assessment results are often noted by the authors of the sample articles themselves. Our findings signal that the research field is highly fragmented and to some extent fails to accumulate knowledge generated by past studies and to comprehensively operationalise the concept of sustainability. The identified shortcomings of the assessments and their implications for transportation policy-making and planning are highlighted, and based on our results recommendations to develop more reliable, comparable, and inclusive sustainability assessments for the urban transportation sector are made. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Transport Reviews
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Sustainability assessment
dc.subject sustainability indicator
dc.subject urban transportation
dc.subject urban mobility
dc.subject transportation sustainability
dc.subject urban planning and policy
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences
dc.title Urban transportation sustainability assessments : a systematic review of literature en
dc.type Review Article
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Urban Environmental Policy
dc.contributor.organization Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2021.1879309
dc.relation.issn 0144-1647
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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