Book Review Essay: Urban mobility systems in a comparative perspective — A Research Field between Governance, Urban Form and Travel Behaviour

Thomas Klinger‘s essay-style book review focuses upon three book exploring urban mobility.  Specifically:

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Klinger examines these thematically, exploring how each book contributes to an understanding of sustainability and flexibility, and whether good practice in urban mobility can be transferable across contexts. He then highlights how the three books inspire future research in the discipline.   The full review is available 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 52,  Thomas Klinger, Urban mobility systems in a comparative perspective — A Research Field between Governance, Urban Form and Travel Behaviour Transport, Climate Change and the City by Hickman, R., Banister, D., 2014. London Routledge. £90.00 (Hardback) ISBN: 9780415660020, £31.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 9780415660037 Megacity Mobility Culture: How Cities Move on in a Diverse World by Institute for Mobility Research (Ed.), 2013. Springer: Heidelberg u.a. £103.50 (hardback) ISBN 9783642347344, £82.50 (ebook) ISBN: 9783642347351 Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013 by UN Habitat (Ed.), 2013. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. £33.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 9780415723183, £0 (online)

Book Review Essay: A Jensenian Approach to Mobilities

Simon Cook‘s recent contribution to the Journal of Transport Geography is an essay style book review focused on Ole  Jensen‘s books examining mobilities: Staging Mobilities; and Designing Mobilities.

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He identifies the former as a more conventional academic text and the latter as ‘part academic-, part coffee-table book’.  He recommends each book as a strong introduction to contemporary mobilities for transport geographers with consideration for the interdisciplinarity, yet  feels only one fully achieves its aims.  Read Cook’s full review 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 52, Simon Cook, A Jensenian approach to mobilities: (1) Staging Mobilities Ole B. Jensen. 2013. Routledge, Abingdon. (£85.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978–0-415-69,373-8). (2) Designing Mobilities Ole B. Jensen. 2014. Aalborg, Aalborg University Press. (£37.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978–87-7112-098-1)

Book Review: Mobility: A New Urban Design and Transport Planning Philosophy for a Sustainable Future by John Whitelegg

Richard Knowles‘ review of John Whitelegg‘s book,  Mobility: A New Urban Design and Transport Planning Philosophy for a Sustainable Future, emphasises the author’s thematic approach to negating the dominant mobility paradigm.

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Knowles strongly recommends this book to a range of audiences. Read his full review 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 52, Richard Knowles, Mobility, J. Whitelegg, Straw Barnes Press, Church Stretton, Shropshire, UK, £6.99 (E-book), (2015), ISBN: 978-0-946309-02-3

 

Governance, Policy and Delivery – Leadership course at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford (28 Jun – 1 July 2016)

TSU logo_print-600dpi-CMYKThe Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford is currently accepting applications for the Governance, Policy and Delivery course, to be held Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July, 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.

The course will explore the roles of different actors and institutions in the management and evolution of transport systems in a range of geographical contexts. The lectures and interactive workshops examine how policies are formulated and implemented at a range of spatial scales, and how such interventions vary in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. The course also looks into decision-making and the issues of acceptability and governance with sessions focusing on the mobility requirements for both rural and urban societies globally.

Key speakers include Heather Allen (TRL); Prof Iain Docherty (University of Glasgow); Dr Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford). The full programme is available at http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/programmes/execed/gct/governance-policy-and-local-delivery .

The course fees cover all materials, 21 contact hours accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 3 nights’ en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, and all meals and refreshments during the course (including a formal networking dinner on the first evening). Fees are as follows:

  • Private Sector: £3,500
  • Public Sector / Academic: £1,500
  • PhD: £500

We are able to offer partial scholarships to a limited number of participants, as well as group discounts, and 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 www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course. You can also contact Anna Plyushteva at exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Book Review: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Sarah Rock reviewed Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism by Benjamin Ross.  She found many chapters capable of fueling debate amongst students of urban planning, design and transport, as Ross critiques many strategies which have underpinned suburban and urban development.

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To find out more about Rock’s view of this book, including the positive and negative influences of transport in relation to land use planning, 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 51, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, by Benjamin Ross. 2014. New York: Oxford University Press. £19.99 (hardcover) £18.00 (ebook) ISBN: 978-0-19-936014-7

Book Review: Driver acceptance of new technology: theory, measurement and optimisation.

John Austin reviewed Driver acceptance of new technology: theory, measurement and optimisation, edited by Michael A. Regan, Tim Horberry and Alan Stevens.

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Austin highlighted the influence that new technologies would have on flows and spatial distributions and hence the relevance of the topic.  This edited volume, whilst a valuable reference point could have emphasised this further, as discussed 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 51, John Austin, Driver acceptance of new technology: theory, measurement and optimisation, In: Reagan M.A., Horberry T., Stevens A., (Eds.), 2014, Surrey, Ashgate £75.00 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-4-094-3984-4

 

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