Problem Identification and Structuring for Regional Transport Planning

Research Project , Research Report 2003 , Research Report 2004

Hironori KATO Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hideaki SHIROYAMA Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo
Yoshinori NAKAGAWA Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo(Research Partners)
Roland Scholz Department of Environmental Sciences, Natural and Social Science Interface, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Alexander Walter Department of Environmental Sciences, Natural and Social Science Interface, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Abstract

This paper aims to propose a practical methodology of problem identification and structurization for regional transport policy. The strategic regional transport planning of the Kanto Region is used as the case study. Ten stakeholders are selected including central/local governments and transport operators. Then the interview-based discussions are conducted with them. The congnitive maps of stakeholders are integrated into the structure of transport problems in the region. After the main factors and drivers of the problems are abstracted from the maps, the problematic issues are analyed based on the problem structure. Finally, the differences of problem perceptions and nterests among stakeholders and their political relationship are discussed.

Keywords:

problem identification, structurization of problem, regional transport policy, case study, Kanto region, transdisciplinary approach