Sensemaking in Swedish national transport planning
(English)In: Transportation, ISSN 0049-4488, E-ISSN 1572-9435Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Whereas different theoretical perspectives on transport planning often represent demarcated academic strands, transport planners involved in planning practices rely on different kinds of knowledge and procedures to make sense of the situations they find themselves in, on which their subsequent actions are based. The overall aim of this paper is to explore how transport planning practices can be analysed from a sensemaking perspective, a perspective which has not had a salient role in the transport planning literature. The paper is empirically focused on the development of the current Swedish National Plan for Transport Investments, describing the preparatory phases of the prioritization process. It shows how the different elements of the process have contributed to the ways planners have made sense of various regional contexts and the political guidelines for the process. A conclusion of the paper is that a sensemaking perspective opens up the potential for alternative ways to frame particular spatial contexts or situations, and the scope for different approaches is widened. An implication of such a conclusion is that the political dimension of the planning process could be made more explicit. It is therefore suggested that a more prominent role for political visions as tools for sensegiving in the planning process could strengthen the degree to which outcomes of planning processes are grounded in political commitments to approved plans, as well as the democratic legitimacy of these processes.
transport investments, planning practice, sensemaking, sensegiving
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-49197OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-49197DiVA: diva2:459380
QS 201103272011-11-252011-11-252012-03-27Bibliographically approved