Framework for integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge for transportation planning in developing countries

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dc.contributor Lindly, Jay K.
dc.contributor Lou, Yingyan
dc.contributor Appiah-Opoku, Seth
dc.contributor Addy, Samuel N.
dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Steven L. Tefe, Moses Kwame
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T16:33:58Z 2017-03-01T16:33:58Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000951
dc.identifier.other Tefe_alatus_0004D_11188
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Conventional transportation planning is developed based on theories that originate from industrialized countries and is based on the rational/comprehensive model, which is an exercise in data manipulation. The basic requirements of the process are the availability of large amounts of good data and analytic capabilities. These are readily available in industrialized countries, but often lacking in developing countries, hence the need to explore other non-traditional methods for project evaluation. This research documents a framework suggested for screening urban transportation projects in developing countries to reflect local issues relevant to sustainability. The framework is based on the integration of indigenous and scientific knowledge to reflect the sustainability of candidate projects. This is achieved through a transactive or dialogical instrumentalism and social learning, to integrate inputs from system users and providers to produce a term defined as the Localized Sustainability Score (LSS). This is a method that readily identifies with the consensus building tradition of local communities in developing countries. The LSS of the projects are then used to produce a relative ranking of potential projects, for use as a decision support for project screening and selection. The proposed method was developed through a case study in Accra, Ghana and the results indicate that the framework adequately represented local sustainable transportation needs, priorities and perceptions. The LSS determined for some selected projects maintained the original relative rankings that were already derived using conventional methods. The LSS also has the added advantage of evaluating projects of different scales. en_US
dc.format.extent 141 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Civil engineering
dc.subject Transportation planning
dc.subject Sustainability
dc.title Framework for integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge for transportation planning in developing countries en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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