Book Review: Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration, T. Duncan, S.A. Cohen, M. Thulemark (Eds.).

Sophie Cranston‘s review of Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration, edited by Tara Duncan, Scott Cohen and Maria Thulemark, provides an engaging account of what the book achieves in “what the editors describe as the ‘grey zone’ between temporary mobility and permanent migration”.

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Click here to appreciate the breadth of lifestyle mobilities covered in the book and how the contributing authors prompt questions as to the future direction of mobilities research, as summarised in Cranston’s review.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 42, Sophie Cranston, Lifestyle Mobilities: Intersections of Travel, Leisure and Migration, T. Duncan, S.A. Cohen, M. Thulemark (Eds.). Ashgate, Farnham (2013). £65 Hardback, ISBN: 9781472407054 page 187, Copyright Elsevier (2014)

Book Review: Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia, Julio D. Dávila (Ed.). (2013).

Paulo Rui Anciaes provides a critical and interesting review of  ‘Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia‘, edited by Julio D. Dávila, which documents the positive impact that Metrocables, a cable-car system has had in Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city.

The book is available to read online in English or Spanish.

In his review Anciaes emphasises how the book uses a political and sociological approach to explore the role that the system has had in regenerating parts of the city, contributors highlight the role of the state in achieving this.  He discusses several shortcomings of this approach including the limited coverage of the effects of the system on patterns of urban land use from a geographer’s perspective.  Click  here to read the full review.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 42, Paulo Rui Anciaes Urban Mobility and Poverty: Lessons from Medellín and Soacha, Colombia, Julio D. Dávila (Ed.). (2013). London and Medellín: Development Planning Unit and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. £10 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-9574823-2-6, £0 (pdf), ISBN: 978-0-9574823-3-3, pages 188, Copyright Elsevier (2014)

Congratulations to the TGRG undergraduate prize winner, Josh Holmes

TGRG would like to congratulate Joshua Holmes for his achievement in winning TGRGs best undergraduate dissertation prize. His dissertation abstract can be found below:

For more information regarding the undergraduate prize please contact the TGRG secretary, Angela Curl

Flying in the Face of Convention:

Exploring the Spatial Politics of Affect and Biopower within Dublin Airport

 

Abstract:

This project proposes the need to integrate a spatial politics of affect with questions of biopower in order to produce a more nuanced and open understanding of the forms of control that shape experiences within the airport. Conventional accounts have tended to theorise the airport in relation to the underlying anxieties of modernity, positing the terminal as a heterotopic non-place or paradigmatic site of pre-emptive securitisation, resulting in singular interpretations that fail to recognise the multiple, fragmented and intricate nature of spatial politics within the airport. Drawing notably on the work of Peter Adey and Ben Anderson, the project adopts an experimental approach that appreciates Dublin Airport as a “perceptual machine” (Fuller, 2008, 161), an assemblage of architectures and atmospheres that control the affective experience and circulation of passenger bodies. Whilst apprehending notions of affect and atmosphere poses a methodological challenge, this project puts forward the creativity of urban biomapping as an entry point into exploring the politics of affect and biopower at an institutional level such as the airport. In doing so, it becomes possible to expose the various logics, narratives and embodied feelings that play out within even the most ordered of spaces in society.

CfP Transport Policy and Social Inclusion – Abstracts deadline 15th June 2015

We are inviting contributions for a Special Issue of the journal Social Inclusion:
http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/socialinclusion/pages/view/specialissues#transportpolicy

Special Issue Title: Transport Policy and Social Inclusion

Guest Editors:
Professor Graham Parkhurst
Director, Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: graham.Parkhurst@uwe.ac.uk
Dr Juliet Jain
Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: Juliet.Jain@uwe.ac.uk
Dr Miriam Ricci
Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; E-Mail: Miriam.Ricci@uwe.ac.uk

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 15 October 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: December 2016

Continue reading CfP Transport Policy and Social Inclusion – Abstracts deadline 15th June 2015

Book review: Automotive Ergonomics: Driver-Vehicle Interaction, Nikolaos Gkikas (Ed.)

This dual-authored review shares Thaneswer Patel and Sougata Karmakar‘s summary and assessment of ‘Automotive Ergonomics: Driver-Vehicle Interaction‘, edited by Nikolaos Gkikas.

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Despite including limited details of the underlying basic ergonomics theories and practices the reviewers highlight this book’s appeal to a wide audience given the human interaction with rapidly advancing automative technologies.  To read their full review, click 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, Vol 41, Thaneswer Patel Sougata Karmakar, Automotive Ergonomics: Driver-Vehicle Interaction, Nikolaos Gkikas (Ed.). CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Florida (2013). £77.00, Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-4398-9425-5, pages 346-347, Copyright Elsevier (2014)

Innovation and Opportunities for Rail Freight in the 21st Century conference in Paris April 8th 2015.

We had a great event on Innovation and Opportunities for Rail Freight in the 21st Century with some excellent presentations and excellent question and answer sessions afterwards.

If you attended and would like to see a presentation again, or wish to see a presentation from a parallel stream that you missed, or if you were not able to join us, the videos are now available on the SPECTRUM website.

http://www.spectrumrail.info/final-conference

Enjoy and please share with others.

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