2019 Hay award winner

The TGRG are pleased to announce that the 2019 Hay Award for contribution to transport geography has been received by Professor David J Keeling. 

Dr Kate Pangbourne, TGRG Chair, gave the speech below when presenting Professor Keeling with his award:

I am honoured to be able to announce this year’s recipient of the TGRG’s annual Hay Award for contribution to transport geography.

Our nominee this year has had a distinguished academic career despite starting late after following an entirely different career path.

With dozens of publications, including monographs, peer-reviewed articles, encyclopedia entries, editorials, popular articles and book reviews, as well as a considerable amount of documented contribution to student education and service to the discipline in a 40 page CV, we believe we have a worthy recipient, whose work has consistently spanned themes and regions that keep transport geography grounded within the wider family of geography, with an expansive breadth of interest in the world.

The active contribution has included regular engagement with both TGRG and AAG, and editorial board membership and associate editorship of our associated journal, the Journal of Transport Geography.

Long associated with Western Kentucky University, and until very recently University Distinguished Professor of Geography there, I am delighted to invite Professor David J Keeling to receive the Hay Award for 2019.

Congratulations to Professor Keeling!


Global Challenges in Transport Leadership programme : ‘Governing Transitions in Urban Transport’ course

25 – 28 June 2019, University of Oxford

We have a few places still available on the Governing Transitions in Urban Transport course, to be held Tuesday 25th- Friday 28th June 2019, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Cities are increasingly the places where technological, behavioural and institutional transitions in transport have the greatest impact. The Governing Transitions in Urban Transport course explores how such transformations can be facilitated and steered through policy and planning.

Our speakers include: Our speakers include: Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Prof Glenn Lyons (UWE Bristol), Prof Greg Marsden (ITS Leeds), Dr Jacob Doherty (TSU), Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri (TSU), Mai Jarvis (Oxford City council), Dr James Palmer (University of Bristol), Dr Anna Nikolaeva (Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam).

The course is part of the Global Challenges in Transport Leadership programme. The programme provides decision-makers from a range of sectors with the necessary skills and expertise, supported by the latest research evidence, to address the complex challenges of delivering sustainable transport solutions. The programme is delivered by the Transport Studies Unit, at the University of Oxford.

For more info visit: www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course or contact exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. We have a limited number of places reserved to national and international PhD students for each course.

Global Challenges in Transport Programme: Smart Technologies and Changing Behaviours course (12 – 15 March 2019)

We have a few places still available on the Smart Technologies and Changing Behaviours course, to be held Tuesday 12th- Friday 15th March 2019, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The course is part of our Global Challenges in Transport Programme, that provides researchers and practitioners with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to address the complexity associated with making transport sustainable. The programme is delivered by the Transport Studies Unit, at the University of Oxford.

The Smart Technologies and Changing Behaviours offers the latest thinking on how the current changes in technology and user behaviour can be understood, and what their interactions mean for the future of transport demand. It explores emerging contemporary mobility cultures in different global regions, the diffusion of smart technologies and new perspectives on their role, changing behaviours and energy reduction, and the sociocultural dynamics of behaviour change.

Our speakers include: Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Dr Debbie Hopkins (TSU), Prof John Miles (University of Cambridge), Prof Graham Parkhurst (UWE), Carolin Reiner (Behavioural Insights Team), Prof Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex), Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh (Cardiff University). The full programme and further details about all courses in the Global Challenges in Transport programme can be found at www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course.

To enquire or apply, please email exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk

Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri

RGS-IBG 2019 session – paper call: Recent Developments in Transport Geography

We are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for the following session at the 2019 RGS-IBG International Conference: Recent Developments in Transport Geography

This session is specifically focused at post-PhD Early Career Researchers conducting cutting-edge research in transport geography or related fields.  It is intended to provide a relaxed and stimulating forum for ECRs to discuss and exchange ideas, and to foster potential future research collaborations.  For the purposes of this session an Early Career Researcher is defined as someone who will have had their PhD viva within the last 8 years on 1 September 2019, and who is not in an established/permanent academic post.  We will consider papers on any topic relating to transport geography, but would particularly welcome submissions which bring a transport perspective to the overall conference theme of ‘Geographies of trouble / Geographies of hope’. 

The session is sponsored by the Transport Geography Research Group, a group of academic and professional Transport Geographers with global membership. We have a very wide range of interests within our membership, and we hope the session will reflect this by including both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the geography of transport from a range of spatial contexts.

The conference will take place at RGS-IBG in London from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 2019.  More information about the conference can be found at https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent by email to the session convenors Prof Graham Parkhurst (Graham.Parkhurst@uwe.ac.uk) and Dr Simon Blainey (S.P.Blainey@soton.ac.uk) by 1700 GMT on Friday 8 February 2019.

RGS-IBG 2019 session – paper call: Long-distance travel and transport justice

Convenors: Frédéric DOBRUSZKES (Brussels Free University), Chia-Lin CHEN (University of Liverpool in London), Amparo MOYANO (University of Castilla-La Mancha) and Francesca PAGLIARA, University of Naples Federico II)

There is a clear trend that in the era of widespread information and communication technological (ICT) development and large-scale transport investment, places distant apart are increasingly inter-related and connected. Therefore, people have involved more and more long-distance travel which is defined here beyond intra-metropolitan areas for at least a few hundred kilometres[1]. Although the rise of a networked society and long-distance travel could enhance economic growth and competitiveness, social challenges have been largely neglected. Academic knowledge and policy of transport and mobility has mostly been investigated through the lens of so-called neo-classical and sustainable mobility paradigms.

While these approaches diverge in many ways, they commonly depoliticise debates and ignore the role of social divides in mobility patterns and the fact that transport policies are not neutral in social terms[2]. The emerging theme of transport justice[3] is promising in addressing the lack of critical approaches to transport and mobility studies, but has been mostly focused on urban transport (ibid.). Therefore, this session is expected to expand the concept of transport justice toward long-distance travel and explore associated issues and policy implications via various transport modes and services, including (but not restricted to) aviation, high-speed rail and coach services.

Topics could include:

  • How can long-distance travel and transport justice be conceptualised?
  • Do long-distance travellers belong to specific social groups?
  • How much transport justice explain modal split on long-distance mobilities?
  • What are the factors of social exclusion in long-distance travel markets?
  • How much yield management and dynamic pricing shape the spatial patterns of long-distance mobilities?
  • Have low-cost airlines really helped to democratise aviation?
  • Have low-cost high-speed rail (such as Ouigo and Izy) made high-speed rail more open to all social groups?
  • What policies to improve long-distance transport justice?

Submission (by the 31st of January 2019):

Please send your abstract to frederic.dobruszkes@ulb.ac.be including:

  • Title
  • Name(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Email address(es)
  • Presenter’s name
  • Abstract (up to 150 words)

The whole special session will then be submitted by the conveners to the RGS Conference team.

[1] There is no universal definition of long-distance. In case of UK, above 100 miles are regarded as long distance

[2] Kębłowski, W. and Bassens D. (2018). “All transport problems are essentially mathematical”: The uneven resonance of academic transport and mobility knowledge in Brussels, Urban Geography 39(3): 413-437.

[3] Martens K. (2017). Transport justice: designing fair transportation systems. New York: Routledge

RGS-IBG 2019 session – paper call: Air Transport in the Global South

Convenors: Eric Njoya (University of Huddersfield) and Richard Knowles (University of Salford, Manchester & University of Huddersfield)

The slow development of air transport routes in the Global South (Africa, Latin America & parts of Asia) has impacted negatively on economic development. Routes within and between Global South countries are more limited than connections with Global North hubs and gateway cities. The objectives of the session are to identify why the air transport environment is weak in the Global South and external routes are dominated by airlines owned and based in the Global North.

Topics could include:

  • Aviation cooperation: South-South and North-South
  • Air Transport and Tourism Development
  • Aviation and Trade
  • Commercialisation of air transport infrastructure
  • The role of Low Cost Carriers (LCCs)
  • Distribution and marketing models
  • The importance of domestic aviation given the common lack of surface options in the global South
  • New tourist mobility patterns following the development of new middle classes

Submission (by the 31st of January 2019):

Please send your abstract to both E.Njoya@hud.ac.uk and R.D.Knowles@salford.ac.uk, including:

  • Title
  • Name(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Email address(es)
  • Presenter’s name
  • Abstract (up to 150 words)

The whole special session will then be submitted by the conveners to the RGS Conference team.

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