Call for TGRG session proposals: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

Dear TGRG members,

The call for sessions and papers for the 2017 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open and we would like to invite TGRG members to submit session proposals for next year’s conference.

The conference will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29th August- 1st September and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge). The conference theme is ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’.  We would particularly encourage sessions around this theme, but sessions relating to any aspect of transport geography will be considered.

If you would like to have your session sponsored by TGRG, please submit your session proposal to S.P.Blainey@soton.ac.uk AND K.J.Pangbourne@leeds.ac.uk by Friday 16th December. We will confirm session sponsorship as soon as possible and you will then have until Friday 17th February to send out your Call for Papers, choose your presenters and submit your full session proposal to RGS.

Please include the following in your session proposal (you do not have to use the AC2016 session proposal form at this stage):

  • A title
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the session convenors (we advise TWO)
  • A session abstract (about 200-300 words), and up to five keywords.

Guidance – sessions are scheduled into timeslots of 1 hour 40 minutes long. A session may not normally occupy more than two of these timeslots in the conference programme. TGRG has a ‘ration’ of timeslots, which we will bear in mind when selecting which proposals to sponsor. Please indicate how many high quality papers you think you will attract – four or five (max) ‘traditional’ papers will fit into a timeslot, or you can consider holding a debate, or a workshop, or adopt a different format such as a pecha kucha.

We welcome joint proposals with other groups (who may have a different timeline – please state what that is). For session proposals which attract many high quality submissions, we will consider allowing two timeslots – there are usually 2 or 3 sessions which have two timeslots each.

In addition to promotion of sessions and support in submitting session proposals, one of the benefits of a TGRG sponsored session is that we are given an allocation of guest passes for non-geographers and/or non UK conference participants. Session organisers may suggest names of established speakers for whom the TGRG can potentially offer a free conference pass, assuming the criteria for guest passes are met and subject to our allocation of guest passes. We also have a prize for the best paper by a postgraduate researcher presented in any TGRG sponsored session.

The following link may be useful in proposing your session:

http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm

Best wishes,

Simon Blainey (TGRG Secretary)

Book Review: Handbook on Transport and Development edited by, R Hickman, M Givoni, D Bonilla and D Banister.

Richard Knowles‘ review of Handbook on Transport and Development, edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister is thorough and recognises the important contributions this book makes to the discipline.  His concluding paragraph states: ‘This handbook draws together deep insights into the multi faceted relationships between urban development and transport. It should be essential reading for anyone researching or teaching transport and development relationships’.  The complete review is available here.

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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 56, Richard Knowles, Handbook on Transport and Development. Hickman R., Givoni M., Bonilla D., Banister D. (Eds), 2015. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK & Northampton MA, USA. ISBN 978 0 85793 724 5 hardback; xxv & pp. 698. £205. Elgaronline ISBN 978 0 85793 726 1

Book Review: Port-Focal Logistics and Global Supply Chains, by Adolf K.Y. Ng and John J. Liu,

Jason Monios reviewed Port-Focal Logistics and Global Supply Chains, by Adolf K.Y. Ng and John J. Liu, which explores the role of the port in the supply Chain. Monios’ concluding paragraph states that ‘Ultimately, the book is a plea for more integrated and coordinated supply chains to benefit the network as a whole rather than destructive competition between individual firms’, this is followed by a range of pertinent questions.  Read the full review here.

port-focal-logistics

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 56 , Jason Monios, Port-Focal Logistics and Global Supply Chains, Adolf K.Y. Ng and John J. Liu, 2014, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, £74 (hardback), ISBN: 9781137273680

Book Review: ICT for Transport: Opportunities and Threats, edited by Nikolas Thomopoulos, Moshe Givoni, and Piet Rietveld

Jacek Pawlak‘s review of ICT for Transport: Opportunities and Threats, edited by Nikolas Thomopoulos, Moshe Givoni, and Piet Rietveld highlights how effectively this book deals with the complexity of ICT for Transport, using a range of perspectives.  He also points out areas which deserved greater attention.

He commends the book for recognising the weaknesses and limitations of ICT as well as the strengths and potential.  Like Eiseman, he also stresses  a need to consider more fully   The full review is available here.

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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 55, Jacek Pawlak, ICT for Transport: Opportunities and Threats Edited by Nikolas Thomopoulos, Moshe Givoni, and Piet Rietveld, 2015. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. £95.00 (hardback). ISBN 978 1 78347 128 7

Book Review: Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future, edited by A.R. Davies, F. Fahy, and H Rau

Danielle Eiseman‘s review of Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future, edited by Anna Davies, Frances Fahy, and Henrike Rau, focuses on the transport and mobility related chapters of the book.

Her review discusses how transport is identified as an ‘interconnected network of practices’ and questions the extent to which telework can be classified as a ‘Ecological Modernisation’.  The full review is available here.

challenging-consumption

 

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 55, Danielle Eiseman, Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future. Davies A.R., Fahy F., Rau H. (Eds.), 2014. Routledge, Oxon, (£90.00 (Hardback); £29.99 (Paperback), ISBN: 978-0-415-82074-5)

CFP: TGRG Sponsored Session at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference

Location: School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, 19th-21st April 2017

Abstract submission deadline: 20th January 2017

The organising committee of the annual RGS-IBG PGF Mid-Term Conference warmly invite submissions for the 2017 conference, to be held over an evening and two days at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. We invite postgraduate researchers from all areas of transport and mobilities geography, at any stage of their research, to submit an abstract to present a paper at the conference for a session sponsored by the RGS Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG).

The mid-term conference is a fantastic opportunity for all postgraduate students to present their current work and research to their peers in a friendly and supportive environment. Whether you’re a first time presenter, looking for friendly feedback on early results or a draft paper, or want an opportunity to practice and enhance your presenting skills, this event aims to foster a relaxed and informal space to discuss your research amongst your postgraduate peers.

The conference will take place in the Cathays Campus of Cardiff University in the heart of Cardiff close to the stunning Bute Park over the 20th and 21st April 2017. It will be preceded by an evening wine reception and keynote lecture on the 19th April.

The conference is designed to specifically cater to the professional development needs of the UK’s postgraduate community. There will be a range of workshops covering research methods; creative and critical thinking; publishing in academic journals; and generating both academic and non-academic impact; amongst others. Keynotes will be provided by established academics at Cardiff University such as Professor Mark-Jayne and beyond. Finally, a three-course conference dinner will take place on the evening of the 20th April at Barley and Rye in the lively city centre of Cardiff, and is included in the registration fee. Together these events will constitute a perfect opportunity for postgraduate researchers to develop both personal and professional working relationships with their peers from across the country.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to rgsmidterm2017@cardiff.ac.uk using the subject heading “2017 RGS Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference TGRG’. Please include your full name and university along with four keywords, and your intention to present a paper by no later than Friday 20th January 2017.

The conference fee is £55. Information on how to register will be announced in the coming weeks. TGRG are kindly offering two bursaries available for transport or mobilities students whom are fully or partly self-funding conference attendance to cover the registration fee cost. If you would like to apply please use the subject heading “2017 RGS Postgraduate Mid-Term Bursaries TGRG” and email a short statement (no more than 300 words) on the relevance of the postgraduate conference to your research and the reasons why you require a bursary to attend, including your current funding status. Please include your abstract and send it to rgsmidterm2017@cardiff.ac.uk .

For updates follow us on Twitter @RGSmidterm2017 and @PGF_RGSIBG and if you have any questions or queries about the conference please get in touch with us at rgsmidterm2017@cardiff.ac.uk and we will be happy to help. Finally, please refer to our website at www.pgf.rgs.org/mid-term-conference-2017-main for further details and upcoming updates concerning all aspects of the conference. Please find details about the Transport Geography Research Group on their website: https://tgrg.wordpress.com/ .

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Lucy Baker, Melissa Dickinson, Charlotte Ford, Kieran O’Mahony, and Jen Owen

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2017 Organising Committee at Cardiff University

 

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