Michael Cahill has been teaching a module on Transport, Environment and Society for over 15 years to third level students in the school and over that period has undertaken a number of transport related research projects.
This month sees the publication of Michael Cahill's new book Transport, Environment and Society which examines the consequences of our car based transport system for social policy. The book discusses the complexity of the relationship between transport and society together with the debates around the social inequalities produced by the transport system and the connections between social exclusion and transport disadvantage. Throughout the book these themes are related to contemporary social policy.
Adopting a lifecourse approach, the book demonstrates the impact of car dependence for children, adults, disabled people and older people showing the ways in which transport policy has changed perceptions of freedom, risk and safety. The environmental impact of transport is the context for discussions of what a sustainable transport policy would look like and the book argues that questions of mobility and transport should be central to a social policy concerned with environmental and social justice.
The book is published in the series 'Introducing Social Policy' and assumes no previous knowledge of transport or transport policy and outlines the roles and functions of the relevant departments and agencies.
For further details go to the publisher's website