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Title: Peripatetic planning tracing the mobility of bus rapid transit through South African cities
Author: Wood, A. S. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5367 1852
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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In 2006, bus rapid transit (BRT) swept through South Africa with six cities in various stages of planning and implementation. These BRT systems are modelled after Bogotá’s Transmilenio, whose accomplishments have been touted as a low-cost, highcapacity transport solution. The seemingly rapid and orderly process through which South African cities adopted BRT raises questions regarding the mobility of knowledge, specifically how and why cities adopt circulated policies. Peripatetic Planning interrogates the process of BRT adoption to understand the way in which connections between people, places and products influence local decisionmaking. It contributes to the scholarship on policy mobilities, which considers how and why cities are increasingly constituted through relational connections with distantiated sites, by focusing on the range of urban practices taking place in order to localize a particular case of best practice at the site of adoption. This thesis also advances South African urban studies by investigating the way in which localities are introducing transport solutions from elsewhere to transform the post-apartheid city. It similarly extends the literature on transport geography by examining the reproduction of BRT and the emergence of a South African form of BRT. The thesis traces the mobility of BRT across South African cities first by focusing on the materiality of the model and the process by which it mutates across divergent socio-political and spatial contexts. The second argument considers the role of the individuals and networks promoting the adoption of BRT. This leads to the third finding exploring the involvement of municipal politics in the determination to adopt mobile policies. Lastly, the thesis examines the multiple temporalities through which policy flows considering the gradual, repetitive and at times delayed adoption of BRT. Each of these arguments gathers support for the overarching undertaking to expose the critical role of localities in influencing peripatetic planning.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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