Modelling energy and carbon dioxide emissions from transport

I attended the annual GIS Research UK conference (GISRUK) last week and have some very interesting work to report back to transport geographers. Transport Geography and GIS have much in common there is relatively little in terms of joint research spanning both fields. There have been efforts to overcome that, with many researchers proudly donning both GIS and Transport hats. There have also been a recent Special Issue on Geographic Information Systems for Transportation in the Journal of Transport Geography and papers illustrating the benefits of linking transport models to GIS systems (e.g. Lektauers et al 2012). Despite this progress, there is much to in terms of collaboration between the fields.

This article reports three papers at the intersection between Transport Studies and GIS, two of which were presented at the conference.

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Transport Geography Research Group Postgraduate Prize

Emerald Group Publishing are sponsoring this year’s Postgraduate Paper Prize which is awarded for the best paper authored and presented by a postgraduate student in a TGRG-sponsored session at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Conference. The final details have now been announced, and are described on Emerald Books’ website.

As an aside, many thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for TGRG-sponsored sessions at the RGS conference in August. It looks set to be a packed event, with more papers and greater diversity of topics than ever before presented under the broad research banner that is Transport Geography, proving that it is more that just a “branch of economic geography“.

Call for Papers: RGS-TGRG Spring Workshop – Writing Transport Geography – 2nd-3rd April 2014

We would like to invite postgraduates and early career researchers with a research interest in Transport Geography, as well as transport researchers from other disciplines  to an RGS-TGRG spring workshop hosted at the University of Leeds on 2nd-3rd April 2014. If you are interested in this call please consider sending an abstract to Joanna Elvy (see below).

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Undergraduate dissertation prize to be announced shortly

The TGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize was inaugurated in 2013, with a £100 prize sponsored by Elsevier publishing. The award is for the best undergraduate dissertation that focuses on any aspect of the geography of mobility and transport, undertaken at a UK university, and which demonstrates conceptual and/or methodological sophistication. We will be looking for dissertations submitted by the department in which the student is registered. The call, which is still not open, will have a deadline of 31st July. Watch this space in the coming weeks for further details on how to apply.

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Book reviews for the Journal of Transport Geography

Book reviews are an important part of the Journal of Transport Geography and TGRG members can contribute in a couple of ways:

  1. By recommending books for review in the areas of transport geography and mobilities; or alternatively from other geography sub-disciplines, providing there is an application to transport and travel.
  2. By completing a book review.  This entails writing a short review of a book (and in return you get to keep a copy).

Please get in touch with Lisa Davison, including details of your areas of expertise and interests, if you would like to contribute.

TGRG-sponsored sessions awaiting abstracts

Session proposers are now awaiting submissions. These must be submitted during the first week of February at the latest, ready for the RGS conference, which begins on the 26th August.

If you would like to present at this prestigious conference under the Transport Geography Research Group banner, you can submit an abstract to the organisers of one of these sponsored sessions. Full details will follow; for now, please see the list of session titles below and feel free to contact the conveners if you think your research would be suitable:

Abstract submissions should be submitted to one or more of these conveners by Friday 7th February. Early submission is recommended to ensure the abstracts (~300 words) can be reviewed before the Royal Geographic Society’s own deadlines.