The 6th UTokyoIP-CUTI Special Seminar

1) Time and day: 1:00pm-2:30pm (Japan Standard Time), February 2nd (Thursday), 2023

2) Place: Zoom meeting room (

3) Presentation

Title: Analyzing transport transition issues from the perspective of justice using multi-criteria mapping method

Abstract: In this presentation, I apply the concept of justice and its dimensions (distributive, procedural, recognition, cosmopolitan and restorative) to transitions in public transportation systems. I also introduce the multi-criteria mapping (MCM) method (Coburn and Stirling, 2019), which was originally developed for the appraisal of contested visions. I demonstrate the applicability of both the concept and the method to the three cases of ongoing transport system transition in the Philippines, namely the (non)legitimation of motorcycle taxis, the formalization of jeepney and the implementation of high-priority bus system. I attempt to unpack the (in)justice issues arising from these transition initiatives. Finally, I argue for the need to pay due attention to the ethical aspects and justice issues of transitions, which, being sources of tension, conflict and discontent, may powerfully resist the hoped-for sustainable transitions.

Keywords: Just transition; transport justice; sustainability transition; global south

Sunio, V. (2021). Unpacking justice issues and tensions in transport system transition using multi-criteria mapping method. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 96, 102887.
Sunio, V., Ugay, J. C., Li, C. W., Liwanag, H. J., & Santos, J. (2023). Impact of Public Transport Disruption on Access to Healthcare Facility and Well-being During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Case Study in Metro Manila, Philippines. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 100948.

4) Short bio of presenter

Dr. Varsolo Sunio is affiliated with the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as an S&T Fellow II (for transport and logistics) and a visiting researcher at The University of Tokyo. He also holds (or has held) appointments as a research fellow at the University of Asia and the Pacific, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Macau. He finished his doctorate degree in Urban Management at Kyoto University and earned degrees from the National University of Singapore, University of the Philippines, and the Ateneo de Manila University. He previously worked as part of the data science team of the Philippines Department of Transportation (DoTr), the information technology team of Accenture, and the Supply Chain Department of Makati Medical Center. He has published papers on transportation issues in the developing country context, covering themes such as equity and justice, access and well-being, sustainable transitions, and financing of informal transport. His works appear in Transportation Research Part A, D and F, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Transport Policy, Research in Transportation Economics, Research in Transportation Business & Management, etc. He is also a regular reviewer for several transportation journals. He is a member of Transportation Science Society of the Philippines (TSSP), National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP). His personal website is:

5) Charge: free

6) Language: English only

7) Participation: Please contact Ms Tomoko Samukawa ( for joining this seminar, but you can join the seminar even without pre-registration.