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Oxford University’s Transport Studies Unit: Global Challengs in Transport Leadership Programme

The Oxford Leadership Programme: “Global Challenges in Transport” was launched in March 2013. Over the past 18 months the Transport Studies Unit have welcomed over 95 participants from 21 different countries and heard from over 50 speakers whilst being hosted by three delightful Oxford Colleges. Below the fold TGRG member Lucy Mahoney describes the programme’s appeal as a link between the transport profession and academic transport studies.

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A summary of TGRG activity since 1996

The Transport Geography Research Group was inaugurated in in 1972.

Since then it has been an active group involved in a wide range of activities many of which have been summarised through the Transport Geography Research Group Page. To provide an appreciation of how activities have developed over time we share open access versions of the  TGRG page from 1996 until the present day.  These TGRG reports are available through our ‘History’ page.

Each of the articles was originally published in the Journal of Transport Geography and is also available through Science Direct.  These are  shared with the kind permission of Elsevier and are subject to Copyright.


Book Review: Sustainable Transport for Chinese Cities, R.L. Mackett, A.B. May, M. Kii, H. Pan Bingley (Eds.)

James Wang‘s review of Roger Mackett, Tony May,  Masanobu Kii, Pan Haixiao‘s edited volume Sustainable Transport for Chinese Cities provides an interesting insight as to the potential for implementation of transport policies in the Chinese context.

Chinese cities

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Book Review: Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, M. Hülsmann, D. Fornahl, (Eds.).

Craig Morton‘s carefully considered review of Michael Hülsmann, and Dirk Fornahl‘s edited volume,  Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, was published in Volume 38 of the Journal of Transport Geography.


A short summary including a link to a copy of the review follows.

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Transport routing during emergencies

Transport routing algorithms have a silent yet vast impact on transport behaviour. Now, with a few taps on a smartphone or clicks on a computer one can find the fastest path between A and B. With the ‘real time’ routing options of services like Google Maps, Graphhopper and the Open Source, it’s even possible to receive instructions during the journey. As I discovered during a cycle ride from Lulow to Hereford, this voice guidance can be hugely useful if one has neither a paper map nor the time to carefully plan an optimal route before the trip. Now people are talking about using crowd-sourced data to inform the suggested route, as demonstrated in this paper. See below for insight into developments that will help transport planners and geographers select the best routes in case of disruption to the network.

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