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Bangkok - 28 Jan 2021

The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published every year since 1950 by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.


Women are largest users of public transport and their transport needs are different. The Asia-Pacific population is ageing rapidly and the region has an estimated 690 million persons with disabilities. Addressing gender and social dimensions of transport is vital for socio-economic development as well as building inclusive and barrier free communities.

Yet gender and social concerns are not adequately reflected in transport policies and projects. Lack of disaggregated gender data, limited opportunity to transport jobs for women, lack of knowledge to mainstream gender and issues of vulnerable transport users are hindering development of gender inclusive and accessible transport system.

Transport policy makers, planners and stakeholders from the region need to address gender and social dimensions of transport to ensure universal accessibility, inclusiveness and security of transport systems and services. There remains greater opportunity to address different transport needs of women, differently abled and aged population while formulating transport policies and provide opportunities for women to join transport sector as policy makers, workers or users.

With this background, ESCAP is calling for original research papers addressing inclusiveness, accessibility, and gender and social dimensions of transport. Papers are expected to advance knowledge and innovative concepts and offer policy recommendations on gender and social dimensions of transport. Papers may cover one or more of the following topics:

  • Mainstreaming gender in national transport policy;
  • Planning for barrier free access and universal accessibility;
  • Addressing the transport needs of women, differently abled and ageing population;
  • Innovation in collection and utilization of gender sensitive transport data;
  • Gender analysis of transport policy/project;
  • Affordability, convenience and security of public transport;
  • Designing gender sensitive transport policies/projects;
  • Community engagement in planning of accessible and inclusive transport system;
  • Collaboration and partnership to develop socially inclusive transport system.

Papers can be qualitative and quantitative analytical study, regional, country, city or location specific case study, policy analysis, review, empirical analysis addressing inclusiveness, gender, accessibility and social dimensions of transport and directly or indirectly contributing towards the achievement of SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 9 (resilient and inclusive infrastructure), SDG 10 (reduce inequalities) and 11 (affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems). Evaluation will be based on analytical depth and/or novel perspectives. Only unpublished papers will be considered. All papers will be peer reviewed.

Interested authors are requested to send an abstract (no more than 200 words) to the Editor, Transport Division, ESCAP ([email protected]) and ([email protected]) not later than the 15 March 2021. Following an internal review, authors will be asked to submit their full papers. Completed papers may not exceed 7,500 words, and has to follow the format specified in the “Guidelines for contributors” (to be provided later). The Bulletin will be published online in the last quarter of 2021.

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