Managing the challenges of combining mobilities of care and commuting: An Australian perspective

Grant-Smith, Deanna, Osborne, Natalie, & Johnson, Laurel (2017) Managing the challenges of combining mobilities of care and commuting: An Australian perspective. Community, Work & Family, 20(2), pp. 201-210.

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Women face particular travel challenges when combining commuting with broader caring responsibilities. This policy note considers the issues associated with meeting the transport needs of working women as they navigate their daily ‘mobilities of care’. We extend the concept of ‘mobilities of care’ by combining an intersectional understanding of the transport task with the principles embodied in the child-friendly cities agenda. These are discussed with respect to the provision of public transport services and infrastructure in Australia to illuminate the ways that such an approach could deliver transport benefits to those commuting with young children in their care, most often mothers. We also argue that transport policy, planning and provision must make an explicit connection between intersectional factors such as disability, class, as well as gender, and the substantive impact they can have on women and children’s mobilities and modal choices.

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ID Code: 96740
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public Transport, Child-friendly Cities, Gender Mainstreaming, Accessibility, Mobility
DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1202194
ISSN: 1469-3615
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2016 23:08
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 02:01

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