Gendered Patterns of IMT Adoption and Use: Learning from Action Research


Porter, Gina, Kathrin Blaufuss, and Frank Owusu Acheampong. 2012. “Gendered Patterns of IMT Adoption and Use: Learning from Action Research.” Research in Transportation Economics 34 (1): 11–15. doi:10.1016/j.retrec.2011.12.005.

Authors: Gina Porter, Kathrin Blaufuss, Frank Owusu Acheampong


This paper illustrates the value of using an action research methodology to improve understanding of gendered patterns of adoption and non-adoption of Intermediate Means of Transport (IMTs) and similar gender-related transport issues. It presents results from a novel action research project undertaken in five farming villages in southern Ghana, a region where IMT usage is currently low. The participatory action research study not only revealed important issues around differences between stated preferences and actual gendered patterns of adoption and non-adoption in the particular context of southern Ghana, but offers a methodology which may have value in many other gender and transport contexts across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.

Keywords: action research, gender, women, transport, IMT, Ghana

Topics: Gender, Women, Gender Roles, Gendered Power Relations, Infrastructure, Transportation Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Ghana

Year: 2012

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