Book Review: Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries

Mark Zuidgeest reviewed Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries by Ashish Verma and T. V. Ramanayya.

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In his review Zuidgeest distinguishes between the transport supply and demand in cities in developing countries when compared to more developed counterparts.  He commends the book as an addition to the limited literature on this topic and summaries that this book is most suited to those with a specific interest in public transport planning and operations in India, as this the core geographical focus.  The review is available to read in full here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Volume 57, 2016. Mark Zuidgeest, Public Transport Planning and Management in Developing Countries, Verma Ashish, Ramanayya T.V.. CRC Press, Boca Raton (2015), (£54.39 (Hardback) £44.79 (ebook)), ISBN: 9781466581586


RGS-IBG Annual Conference: TGRG Sponsored Sessions and Early Booking Deadline

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce that we have a full programme of TGRG-sponsored sessions at this year’s RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, covering a very wide range of topics.

The conference will take place in London from 29 August to 1 September. Make sure you register by Friday 9 June to take advantage of the ‘early-bird’ reduced rate.

A full provisional programme can be found here. Titles of TGRG sessions are as follows:

Can Smart Mobility be Inclusive Mobility (2 sessions)
Current and Emerging Research in Transport: Understanding Mobility and its Implications
Current and Emerging Research in Transport: Travel Behaviour, Accessibility, Equity and Planning
Decolonising Urban Transport Studies (2 sessions)
Exploring the Socio-Spatialities of Urban Goods Mobility (2 sessions)
Everyday Mobilities and Climatic Events
Mobile Lives in the Digital Age: Implications, Challenges and Opportunities
Putting Transport on the Map: Advancements in Mapping and Visualising Sustainable Transport Systems (2 sessions plus practical workshop)
Transport, Sustainable Cities and Transit Oriented Development (3 sessions)

The Brian Hoyle Annual Lecture in Transport Geography will be given by Mei-Po Kwan, with the title ‘Geography: Human Mobility, Individual Context, and Environmental Exposure: A Spatiotemporal Perspective’.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Best wishes,


RailLinks, Brazil – Researcher Links Workshop July 2017

brasao_defaultIt is our pleasure to invite you to apply to attend a rail-orientated workshop in Brazil, which will be funded by the British Council, Newton Fund programme. The workshop will take place in Joinville, Brazil (31 July, 2017 – 4 August, 2017). For the successful candidates, travel costs and hotel will be covered by the project.  We aim to recruit 14 UK early career researchers interested in rail transport and traffic management to attend the workshop and represent their institutions. The application form can be found here:

Deadline for applications: 10 May, 2017

Further information about the workshop can be found on our webpage:

Contact Dr. Marin Marinov, for more details: Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3976

Global Challenges in Transport programme at the University of Oxford: Governing Transitions in Urban Transport (27 – 30 June 2017)

The Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford is currently accepting applications for the Governing Transitions in Urban Transport course, to be held 27th – 30th  June 2017, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The course is part of our Global Challenges in Transport programme, which provides researchers and practitioners with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise, supported by the latest research evidence, to address the complexity associated with making transport sustainable. Specifically the Governing Transitions in Urban Transport course explores how technological, behavioural and institutional transitions in urban transport can be facilitated and steered through policy and planning.

Our speakers include: Prof David Banister (TSU), Prof Glenn Lyons (UWE Bristol), Dr Jennie Middleton (TSU), Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Dr Louise Reardon (ITS Leeds), Dr Michael Synnott (WBS), Dr James Palmer (TSU). The full programme is available at

This is a 4-day residential course, with fees covering all materials, 21 contact hours, and 3 night’s en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. All meals and refreshments are provided (including a welcome lunch, a formal networking dinner and an end-of-course dinner). The fee structure is as follows:

  • Corporate rate: £3,500
  • Academic/Public sector rate: £1,500
  • PhD rate: £500

We are able to offer partial scholarships to a limited number of participants, as well as discounts to those attending several Global Challenges in Transport courses.

Further details about all courses in the Global Challenges in Transport programme can be found at

To enquire or apply, please email

A Truly Integrated Transport System for Sustainable and Efficient Logistics

SETRIS Deliverable “A Truly Integrated Transport System for Sustainable and Efficient Logistics”.This document provides a holistic overview of a truly integrated transport system as the vision to reach significant advances in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of freight transport and logistics, creating value and adding competitiveness to all manufacturing and retail sectors in Europe and supporting the achievement of societal challenges associated to freight transport. Read the pdf here. []

The document has been prepared in the frame of SETRIS project and the contents have been reviewed and approved by the five transport European Technology Platforms (ETP): ERTRAC, ERRAC, ACARE, ALICE and WATERBORNE.

TGRG: the forum for transport geographers worldwide.