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Investigating the Link between Transport Sustainability and the Representation of Women in Swedish Local Committees

Journal article
Authors L. W. Hiselius
Annica Kronsell
C. Dymen
L. S. Rosqvist
Published in Sustainability
Volume 11
Issue 17
ISSN 2071-1050
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Global Studies
Language en
Keywords gender, mobility, passenger transport, female representation, critical, mass, carbon-dioxide emissions, gender-differences, climate-change, passenger, transport, travel behavior, energy, equality, experiences, efficiency, citizens, Science & Technology - Other Topics, Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Subject categories Globalization Studies, Environmental Sciences


There are large discrepancies in the transport sector along gender lines in travel patterns and means of transportation used, but also in attitudes and norms among citizens, planners and decision-makers, with women generally more positive towards measures involving the lowering CO2 emissions. At the same time, the number of women involved in transport-related decisions is low. This is a problem for gender equality but possibly also for sustainability. A careful review of previous studies indicated a lack of analyses on the subject based on quantitative data at the local level. We investigated a possible link between women’s presence in local policymaking and more sustainable transport policies, and whether it is possible to capture such an effect. The main contribution of this paper is a methodological approach in which, besides generating unique data on representation in municipalities (confirming men’s dominance, specifically in transport policymaking), possibilities for quantitatively measuring gender and the level of sustainability in transport planning are discussed and tested. Challenges in collecting relevant data and analyzing possible covariances in the data set are discussed and presented as well as suggestions for further investigations into the possible link between gender and sustainable transport performance.

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