Alexa Delbosc: Transport Professional bias – It might not be malicious or ego driven but it is real

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How we envisage a problem leads to how we look for solutions.

Public comment on transport solutions is understandably based on applied assumptions of what the problem is. That is not surprising.  But this approach spills over into so called research, which, to my mind is often not open minded inquiry but rather compiling a justification for a preconceived idea.

It is not aiming to discover a new way of looking at things. It is compilating information for a polemic.

Dr Alexa Delbosc’s who’s Phd is in transport isa Senior Lecturer in the Public Transport Research Group of the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University.

Her research focuses on the changing travel habits of young people, transport psychology, human factors in public transport and the use of emerging technologies in transport.

Along with a colleague Kelcie Ralph she has written a paper titled “I’m multimodal, aren’t you? How ego-centric anchoring biases experts’ perceptions of travel patterns”.

It takes up the word Heuristic which is defined as enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.  It is any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery.

Our perceptions and therefore our approaches are critical topics.

Dr Delbosc joins us on the line. Alexa thanks for your time.

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