The contemporary urban transport debates appear to be dominated by an orthodoxy according to which transport is on the one hand perceived through the ‘neoclassical’ lens of utility, efficiency and economic growth, and, on the other, framed within the question of ‘sustainable’ development. We argue that this orthodoxy to a substantial extent functions as a masquerade veiling fundamental political-economic choices embedded in transport planning and practice, hence contributing to a largely technical, descriptive and de-politicised character of urban transport studies. By proposing to re-connect them with ex- plicit political-economic considerations, we intend to mobilize and strengthen critical perspectives on urban transport. To do so, we develop a framework for studying transport practices and policies inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s conceptual- ization of “the right to the city” and illustrate it with a critical de-construction of the empirical example of a ‘pedestrianisation’ project in Brussels.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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