13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
This event will be the third and final of a three part series of ‘Big Challenge’ events which aim to highlight how Newcastle University is addressing the big questions (or ‘Societal Challenges’) which impact society.
The Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability will look at the role transport takes in urban and rural communities and economies across the globe, and will ask how transport use (public, private and freight) in the 21st century is linked to the themes of sustainability, social renewal and changing age.
Although transport is a crucial element of all urban and rural communities, often the impacts of transport on sustainability, social renewal and changing age are addressed separately. An integrated approach will be essential to providing a clear, united and robust vision for transport in the future.
In this panel-led debate, researchers from Newcastle University and industry leaders will discuss the ways in which society can address these issues to provide a cohesive, resilient, economically-viable and environmentally-secure transport system that is accessible to all.
Specifically, the debate will encompass the following topics: energy consumption and emissions, accessibility of transport infrastructure (addressing issues of distributive and spatial justice as well as the role that accessible, seamless and inclusive transport can play in the lives of our increasingly ageing population), infrastructure resilience (for example resilience against the impacts of climate change) and the global sustainability of transport systems.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Much of the research which will inform the event is anchored in the local region; we use the North East of England as a ‘testing ground’ for solutions and technologies which are then rolled out globally, and many of the strands of this research seek to address issues of particular local relevance.