Cost of Living & Transport
The cost of living crisis is forefront in many people's minds at the moment, but while the pressure has ramped up since the war in Ukraine, for some people transport poverty has plagued their lives for far longer.
Our guest Professor Sarah Marie Hall is a geographer with a focus on geographical feminist political economy. She describes this as "understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference". Sarah Marie tells us how the impact of transport cuts adds to other growing pressures on people's lives - but the solutions have huge benefits too, both for broad topics such as sustainability, to intimate ones like our personal relationships.
You can find out more about Professor Hall's work here: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/sarah.m.hall.html
You can read Laura's recent article on the cost of living crisis and access to transport, featuring Professor Hall, here (login to read, it's free): https://www.smarttransport.org.uk/insight-and-policy/finance-and-funding/transport-poverty-is-poor-reflection-on-british-society
If you happen to be in Manchester on Tuesday 8 November 2022, Professor Hall and her colleague, Professor Karen Lucas, will discuss transport poverty at the local level, at the Mechanics Institute. Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transport-poverty-and-economic-austerity-an-open-discussion-tickets-431559073807
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Episode edited by Clare Mansell