Book Review: Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal, Ashley Carse (Ed.).

Stephen Ramos reviewed Beyond the Big Ditch  by Ashley Carse, finding it to be ‘an ambitious work of original research that is an important cross-disciplinary contribution to the ecological politics of large-scale infrastructure projects.’

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Ramos also comments on the extent to which the author consider scale and space.  His review can be 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, Vol 54, Stephen Ramos, Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal, Ashley Carse (Ed.). MIT Press, Cambridge, MA; London (2014), (£24.95 (hardback). ISBN: 9780262028110)

Short course at TSU, University of Oxford: Infrastructure, Development and Finance, 6-9 September

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We have a few places still available for the following short course, which brings together researchers and practitioners interested in sustainable transport. Go to www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course for more information.

‘Infrastructure, Development & Finance’ short course at the University of Oxford, part of the Global Challenges in Transport Leadership programme

6-9 September 2016, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

This course explores the relationships between transport infrastructure, investment, and economic development. Both participants and speakers contribute to the interactive sessions, bringing insights from different sectors and global locations. The four themes covered in the course are:

  • Delivering large transport infrastructure
  • Transport investment and appraisal
  • Stakeholders in infrastructure development
  • Theories, Tools, Techniques

Key speakers include: Professor Naomi Brookes (University of Leeds); Professor Harry Dimitriou (UCL Bartlett); Mr Satyaki Raghunath (MAG Airports Group). The expertise of the speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.

To find out more and to download an application form, go to www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course.

The fees cover all materials, 21 contact hours, 3 nights’ en-suite accommodation, and all meals and refreshments during the course (including a formal networking dinner at Kellogg College, University of Oxford). In 2016/17, fees are as follows:

Private sector: £3,500

Public/NGO/Academic sectors: £1,500

PhD students: £500

We are able to offer reduced rates for group applications, as well as alumni rates to those attending several of the Global Challenges in Transport courses.

The TSU’s Global Challenges in Transport courses are part of the Oxford Leadership Programme and are delivered in collaboration with Saïd Business School. 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.

Anna

exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk

www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course

TGRG AGM – Committee positions available

You are invited and encouraged to attend the AGM of the Transport Geography Research Group to be held on Friday 2nd September 13:10-14:25 during the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in Royal School of Mines, Room G.06.

If you are not attending the conference but would like to attend the AGM please let me know and we can arrange a pass for the AGM.

The TGRG will be looking to fill a number of positions at the AGM this year and it would be great to have more involvement from our members so please come to the AGM and get involved. If you have any questions about any of the roles please feel free to contact me or the existing position holder as shown below.

Nominations for Committee membership will be accepted up to the beginning of the AGM.  Nominations must be in writing and include the names of the proposer and seconder.

Please send nominations in advance to angela.curl@canterbury.ac.nz or in writing at the conference to one of the existing committee members (Graham Parkhurst or Simon Blainey will be in attendance).

Elections for the TGRG executive committee.

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Post-graduate rep

Elections to the TGRG ordinary committee

  • Transport Geography education: to coordinate TGRG responses to learning and teaching consultations (currently unfilled)
  • Website
  • Communications support (social media)
  • Prizes and awards co-ordinator (currently unfilled)

TGRG at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016

The TGRG has a full and exciting programme at this year’s RGS-IBG Annual International Conference.

A full list of TGRG sponsored sessions is available here and detailed below. Please scroll down to the bottom of this email for details of non-sponsored sessions which may be of interest to transport geographers.

http://conference.rgs.org/Conference/Sessions/SearchResults.aspx?conference=AC2016&rg=TGRG

The annual Hoyle lecture “Evolving Geographies of Transport in the City: Towards Nexus Thinking” will be given by Professor Peter Jones (UCL) on Thursday 1st September from 16:50-18:30 in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre G34 and will be followed by the Hoyle Drinks reception in the RGS-IBG Sunley Room, kindly sponsored by Elsevier. More information is available here: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/4b9ee1d7-d357-4279-8f59-bc66c05bcf49

Additionally we are also very excited that for the first time the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Lecture will be given by a transport geographer, Dr Tim Schwanen. Tim’s lecture is called: Thinking complex interconnectivities: transition, nexus and geography. Tim has been actively involved in TGRG over a number of years and has been editor in chief of the Journal of Transport Geography. He is director of the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford. Tim’s lecture is on Wednesday Session 2 (11:10-12:50) in the RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre. More details here: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/e0d14a86-1eaa-480c-bd0a-7e489dadf626

We would encourage you to attend the research group AGM which will be held on Friday 2nd September 13:10-14:25 in Royal School of Mines, Room G.06.

If you are attending the conference and tweeting about transport sessions please use #TGRG as well as the conference #RGSIBG16 and don’t forget to follow us @transportgeog

Transport Geography Research Group

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016

Beyond and Across “Energy”: Addressing Nexus Challenges through Interdisciplinary, Integrative, and Inclusive Approaches (1)
Wednesday Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      RGS-IBG Council Room   Click for session details

Beyond and Across “Energy”: Addressing Nexus Challenges through Interdisciplinary, Integrative, and Inclusive Approaches (2)
Wednesday Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      RGS-IBG Council Room   Click for session details

Mobility, Transport and Making Sustainable Places: a neglected Nexus (1)
Wednesday Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      Skempton Building, Room 064b   Click for session details

Mobility, Transport and Making Sustainable Places: a neglected Nexus (2)
Wednesday Session 4 (16:50-18:30)      Skempton Building, Room 064b   Click for session details

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Thursday 01 Sep 2016

Current and emerging research in transport (1): Sustainable transport, travel behaviour and demand
Thursday Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 207   Click for session details

Current and emerging research in transport (2): Active travel, governance and simulations
Thursday Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 207   Click for session details

Interdependent Mobilities in Infrastructure Networks
Thursday Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      Royal School of Mines, Room G.06   Click for session details

Hoyle Lecture: Evolving Geographies of Transport in the City: Towards Nexus Thinking
Thursday Session 4 (16:50-18:30)      Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre G34   Click for session details

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Friday 02 Sep 2016

GIS for transport research workshop
Friday Session 1 (09:00-10:40)      Sherfield Building, Room 2   Click for session details

On demand: cultural economies of access and ownership
Friday Session 2 (11:10-12:50)      Sherfield Building, Room 2   Click for session details

Transport Geography Research Group AGM
Friday Plenary & lunch (13:10-14:25)      Royal School of Mines, Room G.06   Click for session details

Time at the nexus: mobility and modal choice (1)
Friday Session 3 (14:40-16:20)      Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 122   Click for session details

Time at the nexus: mobility and modal choice (2)
Friday Session 4 (16:50-18:30)      Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Room 122   Click for session details

The following general sessions or sessions sponsored by other research groups may also be of interest to TGRG members.

 

Transport geographies (1): planning and policy

Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50)

http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/00a681e8-b85f-44ae-a849-1eec870898b2

 

Transport geographies (2): everyday mobilities and modernity

Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 3 (14:40 – 16:20)

http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/ca8b6041-a261-4a2b-be2e-955cf132969c

 

Everyday geographies of ageing (1): (im)mobility, independence and ageing ‘well’

Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 1 (09:00 – 10:40)

http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/af605737-97e2-4ff9-9018-d9cb7bc4afc5

 

Everyday geographies of ageing (2): pressing issues and future agendas

Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 2 (11:10 – 12:50)

http://conference.rgs.org/AC2016/57b2b9e3-2259-45c8-9760-47a17611c7a8

 

 

 

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)

TGRG: the forum for transport geographers worldwide.