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“.
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).
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.
Book reviews are an important part of the Journal of Transport Geography and TGRG members can contribute in a couple of ways:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Air transport liberalisation and airline network dynamics:Investigating the complex relationships, Anne Graham & Fred Dobruszkes.
- Evaluating transport-related policies and practices: A geographical perspective, Lisa Davison and Marcus Enoch.
- Current and emerging research in transport, aimed at postgraduates and early stage researchers in Transport Geography, convened by Joanna Elvy and Ian Philips.
- Keeping in touch when work takes us apart, understanding the social impact of work related travel, Juliet Jain and William Clayton.
- Transport and energy: exploring mobilities at the research-policy interface, convened by Robin Lovelace and Stewart Barr.
- Between path dependency and contingency: new challenges for the geography of port system evolution, Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios.
- What world do you live in? Blurred boundaries between physical and digital spaces, Scot Vine, Jacek Pawlak and John Polak.
- The modal variety of cities and regions: a new focus on freight flows? Wouter Jacobs and Cesar Ducruiet.
- Towards integrated subregional parking and public transport strategies, Graham Parkhurst, William Clayton and Marc Dijk.
- Transport Geographies of co-production, Angela Curl and Lisa Davison.
- Mobilities and Livelihoods in Development Contexts, Karen Lucas and Gina Porter.
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.
We are looking for papers to contribute to this two-hour session that will take place at the RGS-IBG annual conference 2014. Please send abstracts, of up to 500 words in length, to Robin Lovelace – R.Lovelace[at]leeds.ac.uk and Stewart Barr - S.W.Barr[at]exeter.ac.uk . A template can be downloaded here: RGS2014-tgrg-egwg-abstract-template. See below for full details of the abstract call. Deadline: Monday 10th February 2014.