Social Policy and Society


Deliberative Research for Deliberative Policy Making: Creating and Recreating Evidence in Transport Policy

Lesley Murraya1

a1 School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton E-mail:


Despite promotion of evidence-based policy responses, there remains a knowledge gap between policy-makers and academia particularly in transport policy making, which is steeped in positivist traditions. A number of social policy academics have conceptualised research utilisation in relation to particular elements of social policy, but less attention has been paid to the integration of deliberative and interpretative research into transport policy. This article explores this through a study of the journey to school that used mobile and visual methods in an in-depth exploration of this element of everyday life.

(Online publication August 05 2011)