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Department of Anthropology

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Publication details for Professor Gina Porter

Porter, G. (2013). Urban transport in Cape Coast, Ghana: A social sustainability analysis. Case study prepared for UNHabitat Sustainable Urban Transport: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013. In Global report on Human Settlements: Sustainable Urban Transport:. UNHabitat

Author(s) from Durham


This case study of urban transport in Cape Coast, Ghana was selected because it raises important questions regarding social sustainability in a low-income country context where walking is a principal means of transport for a majority of the population. Delivery of social sustainability is about creating and maintaining quality of life for people and requires attention to both human needs and the preservation of sound socio-ecological relationships. Drawing on grey and published literature and detailed field research conducted by Durham University and the University of Cape Coast, it offers insights, based on end-user perspectives, regarding the mobility patterns of different ages, social classes and both genders, the ways in which travel and transport disadvantage affects people’s lives, and suggests means whereby a more socially sustainable transport system might be achieved. Discussion is premised on the argument that access to mobility and transport is a key element shaping access to services, livelihoods, life chances and well-being and consequently a human right.