Mapping the London's Urban Transport Governance Network

Mapping the London's Urban Transport Governance Network


Nicole Badstuber, University College London


Social network analysis highlights the most influential individuals, job roles and organisations steering London's transport debate.
Mapping the transport governance network uncovers how transport in cities is governed.


This paper maps the governance network for transport provision in London. The research uses social network analysis to map the actors involved in transport policy decisions and strategy. This method is used to understand relationships between different individuals, institutions and groups involved in transport decision-making. The paper is a valuable contribution to the narrative around the shift from government to networked governance.

The research is based on over fifty interviews with key actors in London, and uncovers several different layers to the city’s transport governance network: those perceived as the fundamental players, those perceived as thought leaders and the working relationship network. Each tells offers insights into facets of the complex governance structures and its actors.

The research offers empirical evidence of how all transport modes in London are governed; for example whose voices are heard and who is particularly influential. This method presents an alternative approach to understanding the governance arrangements for London’s transport, and identifies the key offices or individuals within the network. The social network analysis approach maps of the actors involved and the relationship between them. This offers the opportunity to compare and contrast with an institutional analysis of the governance network

The two case study of London offers an intriguing example of who is most instrumental in shaping transport policy and how. London’s transport authority, Transport for London, has established as far reaching range of influence since its establishment, through a proactive and continuous engagement with advocacy groups, business groups, professional institutions, media and the local boroughs. In this way Transport for London is shaping the transport debate for the metropolis.


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