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Journal Articles

, Eda BEYAZIT, "Evaluating Social Justice in Transport: Lessons to be Learned from the Capability Approach", Transport Reviews, Vol. 1, No. 31, 01/2011, s. 117-134, ISSN: 0144-1647, Taylor & Francis,, Recent theoretical and empirical studies show that there is a growing interest in considering wider social and economic impacts of transport. Since transport has an important role in distributing socio-economic benefits or losses created by different means or by transport itself, it has a crucial role in the discussion of social justice. This importance occurs from transport’s different effects depending on the levels or the types of equity in the distribution: transport can help develop socially just societies or cause disparities between different or within same geographies. Therefore, for the system to be efficient, the distribution needs to be socially just. This paper provides a synthesis of social justice and transport literature in terms of equal rights and shares, freedom, capabilities, opportunities and choices by making use of contemporary approaches in the social justice theory and considering the varieties in different geographies, individuals and markets. Using the Capability Approach (CA), this paper first highlights the areas which need to be discussed in transport studies in terms of social justice, and second suggests a methodology which considers social justice norms in transport research by engaging the CA with existing methods.
, Eda BEYAZIT, "Are wider economic impacts of transport infrastructures always beneficial? Impacts of the Istanbul Metro on the generation of spatio-economic inequalities", Journal of Transport Geography, No. 45, 04/2016, s. 12-23,, Assessment of the Wider Economic Impacts (WEIs) of transport infrastructures has become crucial for justifying transport infrastructure investments, especially large-scale projects, not only for transport researchers but also for policy makers. Although the WEIs have been widely discussed in transport research and policy for more than a decade, these discussions lacked an important dimension: the likelihood of transport infrastructure investments to produce spatio-economic inequalities. This paper discusses the necessity of incorporating an understanding of spatio-economic inequalities in the analysis of WEIs. In order to do that, an ex-post analysis of the Istanbul Metro is carried out. In this sense, this paper also adds to the growing number of ex-post analysis of transport infrastructures. Through its findings based on the ex-post analysis of the impacts of the Istanbul Metro, this paper concludes that contemplating spatio-economic inequalities in ex-ante analysis of transport infrastructure investments will improve the calculation of WEIs of transport infrastructures. Such an approach is expected to help policy makers investing in projects that are less likely to produce spatio-economic inequalities.
, Moshe Givoni, Eda BEYAZIT, Yoram Shiftan, "The use of state-of-the-art transport models by policy makers – beauty in simplicity", Planning Theory and Practice, Vol. 3, No. 17, 2016, s. 385-404,, Transport demand models have a long history of being a major tool in transport policy making. However, whether they are truly used in decision-making processes, and if so, whether the knowledge they provide is actually understood, is questionable. The potential contribution they can make and the importance of such models is not disputed; however, evidence shows that many issues arise with their actual use that severely limits their potential contribution. Based on case study methodology and analysis of the use of models in the transport policy processes in two countries, the UK and Israel, this paper aims to provide empirical evidence of the issues contributing to limiting the potential contribution of models and to make recommendations for better utilisation of the knowledge they can produce. The main conclusion reached is that transport models must be made simpler if they are to contribute more than they currently do to decision-making in transport policy and planning.

Book reviews

, Eda BEYAZIT, "Review of: Holden, E. (2007) Achieving Sustainable Mobility - Everyday and Leisure-time Travel in the EU. Ashgate Publishing, UK.", Transport Reviews, Vol. 6, No. 31, 2011, s. 807-808, ISSN: 0144-1647, Taylor & Francis