August 18, 2016, 12:00PM (ET)

Obstacles: What Transit Administrators Say Prevents Them From Pursuing Social Justice

This research considers what public transportation administrators say prevents them from more fully pursuing socially just policies and procedures. From things like elected official resistance, to unfair funding mechanisms, to urban zoning and development decisions that inhibit transit service provision, public transit administrators face quite a few obstacles to justice and fairness.

Presenters: Gerard C. Wellman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration, California State University; and Josephine K. Hazelton, Graduate Student, California State University

Gerard C. Wellman is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at California State University, Stanislaus in Northern California. Receiving his PhD from the University of Nebraska in 2011, Gerard’s primary research interests revolve around questions of equity and justice in transportation and mobility planning, specifically with regard to public and active transportation and the negative societal effects of car-centric urban planning. His recent publications can be found in Public Administration Quarterly, Public Works Management & Policy, Journal of Community Development, and, of course, the Journal of Public Transportation. When not spending time with his two young sons, Gerard enjoys gardening, running half marathons, and exploring California’s beautiful landscape.

Josephine K. Hazelton is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program at California State University, Stanislaus. She has previously spent time working in Washington, D.C. for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Josephine’s research interests include public and active transportation policy, environmental justice, urban sprawl, and feminist theory in relationship to space and place. Her most recent work explores transportation inequity in California’s Central Valley.


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