Innovation and Opportunities for Rail Freight in the 21st Century


April 8th 2015 Paris

Registration is now open for the the “Innovation and Opportunities for Rail Freight in the 21st Century” event taking place on April 8th at UIC’s Headquarters in Paris.

The event is open to anyone wishing to attend (subject to availability) and will include experts from Europe’s rail freight and logistics industries.

The event will be used to showcase the outputs of the SPECTRUM (Solutions and Processes to Enhance the Competitiveness of Transport by Rail in Unexploited Markets) project in the context of European and global rail freight and logistics industries and research arena.

Please register your attendance at:

An agenda can be download here

URBE: URban freight and BEhavior change

Conference organized by Department of Political Sciences and Centre for Research on the Economics of Institutions, University of Roma TreOctober 1st – 2nd 2015, Rome, Italy


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the URBE – URban freight and BEhavior change Conference to be held in Rome, Italy, October 1st-2nd, 2015. Researchers, practitioners, politicians and public authorities are invited to use the conference as a platform for knowledge-exchange and transfer.
The conference is endorsed by: 1) Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, 2) WCTRS’ Freight Modelling (SIGB5), 3) Italian Society of Transport Economics and Logistics.

Aims and scope
URBE aims at identifying the behavioral game changers capable of modifying the present trends and pro-actively responding to the sustainability challenges urban freight distribution possess to modern cities given the role it plays in linking production, logistics and society.
The conference, taking a trans-disciplinary approach, focuses on the various alternatives capable of stimulating stakeholders’ behavioral change and engagement for a sustainable urban freight distribution. In more detail, the main topics relate to the behavioral pros and cons of: stakeholder involvement methodologies, advanced modeling techniques, innovative organizational structures, policy appraisal and evaluation techniques.

TGRG Sponsored sessions at RGS-IBG 2015 – Quick links to all calls for papers

Current and emerging research in transport        (TGRG, PGF)

GIS for Sustainable Transport        (TGRG, GIScRG)     

How shall the city be sustained with goods and services in the 21st century?      (TGRG)

Maintaining Mobility: Geographies of transport and ageing      (TGRG)

Pan European and global long haul freight.         (TGRG)         

Spaces of Participatory Transport Planning        (TGRG)         

Surveilling Global Space     (HPGRG, TGRG)     

Transitioning to low-carbon mobilities     (TGRG)         

Understanding inequalities in transport and mobility (TGRG)

Urban Transport Visions and Pathways (TGRG)

Spaces of Road Transport Automation (TGRG)

RGS-IBG CfP: Understanding inequalities in transport and mobility

Understanding inequalities in transport and mobility

Call for Papers for a TGRG sponsored session at the 2015 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference, 1-4 September, University of Exeter

Organisers: Dr. Eda Beyazit, Lecturer, Istanbul Technical University, City and Regional Planning Department; Dr. Nihan Akyelken, Research Fellow, University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment

The socio-spatial impacts of transport provision and mobility have been understood in several different ways. While some studies focus on the equity impacts (e.g. Nuwarsoo et al., 2009), some emphasise the distributional impacts of transport provision and socio-spatial inequalities attached to them (e.g. Bureau and Glachant, 2011; Markovich and Lucas, 2011; Santos Rojey, 2004). Whether poverty is caused by or leads to transport disadvantages is also examined differently. Moreover, the social bonds created by and the needs met by increased accessibility are recognised to be important considerations. Overall, how we understand inequality in transport and mobility has both epistemological and ontological aspects. Understanding different framings of social justice might be one way to explain this (Martens, 2006; Beyazit, 2011).

In this session, we are interested in different ways of conceptualising and researching inequality in transport. We seek papers that look at inequality in transport and mobility across social groups, geographical contexts and transport models. The papers can cover a variety of areas from distributional environmental impacts of active travel to infrastructure provision across nations.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to:

–          Theoretical and empirical contributions to the discussion on distributional equity and transport

–          Theoretical approaches to conceptualising social, spatial and environmental inequalities in transport

–          Examples of transport policies that tackle socio-spatial inequalities in different countries


If you would like to submit a proposed paper for this session, please submit the following information to the session convenors Eda Beyazit ( and Nihan Akyelken ( by Monday 9th February 2015. We may seek interest in a journal special issue following on from this session and we hope to use this session to develop ongoing dialogue between contributors.

– Title
– Authors, affiliations and email addresses
– Presenter(s)
– Abstract (up to 300 words)

Beyazit, E. (2011) Evaluating Social Justice in Transport: Lessons to be learned from the Capability Approach, Transport Reviews 31 (1) pp.117-134

Bureau, B., and Glachant, M. (2008) Distributional effects of road pricing: Assessment of nine scenarios for Paris, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 42(7), pp. 994-1007.

Markovich, J. and Lucas, K. (2011) The Social and Distributional Impacts of Transport: A Literature Review. Working Paper Series, Transport Studies Unit, Oxford. N.1055

Martens, K. (2006) Basing transport planning on principles of social justice, Berkeley Planning Journal 19 (1)

Nuworsoo, C., Golub, A., and Deakin, E. (2009) Analyzing equity impacts of transit fare changes: Case study of Alameda–Contra Costa Transit, California. Evaluation and Program Planning 32 (4), pp.360–368

Santos, G., and Rojey, L. (2004) Distributional impacts

“GIS for sustainable transport” session at RGS2015

The RGS Transport Geography Research Group and Geographic Information Science Research Group are joining forces to convene a session on GIS for Sustainable Transport.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have a long history in Transport Geography. With recent advances in data, software and computers, we can do more with GIS for transport planning than ever before. This applies especially to sustainable transport, where carefully targeted local interventions can have huge benefits for relatively little cost and where digital community engagement opens-up new possibilities for participatory planning. This session seeks to explore the new roles that modern GIS systems – including online, open source and interactive options, as well as established techniques – can play in Transport Geography and for enabling transition towards a sustainable transport system.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 16th February, session abstract and application form available here:

Session conveners: Robin Lovelace and Eusebio Odiari.

Applications should be sent via email to

Continue reading “GIS for sustainable transport” session at RGS2015

“Pan European and global long haul freight”

Humanity has traded over long distances throughout the Anthropocene, as evidenced by goods and materials found hundreds and even thousands from point of origin back to the Neolithic. In the 21st century this global trade has reduced the world for goods to a matter of hours for air freight, but more normally 6 weeks from the Pacific to Europe by ship.

How has this changed the world? Does the global reach of trade enhance sustainability or hinder it? Are the disruptions of off shoring and on shoring part of the destructive creation of modern capitalism or neoliberal anarchy? Are the flows of goods on road and rail into Europe or North America, or out of Asia and Africa positive in economic, social and environmental terms? Does world trade liberalisation undermine democracy, or does free trade promote the development of middle classes that yearn for freedom? Can the carbon balance of different modes over distance be adjusted? Are the policies of the member states of the EU in line with those of the EU centrally and are they achievable? How do global logistics chains develop, adapt and impact the metropolis, the regiopolises, the periphery, the rural? Can we increasingly move goods by rail, inland waterways, short sea shipping and if so, which ones? Is there a way to increase the capacity of transport networks without building new infrastructure, and should we?

This session will consist of both 15 minute papers with 5 minutes questions and Pecha Kucha presentations of 20 slides of 20 seconds each (6 minutes 40). Submissions should advise on which format they will adopt.

Keywords: Transport, Freight, Policy, Practice, Global

If you would like to submit a proposed paper for this session please submit the following information to the session convenors Thomas H Zunder, Principal Research Associate, Newcastle University, and Clare Woroniuk, Research Assistant, Newcastle University, by Wednesday 18th February 2015.

* Title

* Authors, affiliations and email addresses

* Presenter

* Abstract (up to 300 words)

* Style of presentation, PECHA KUCHA 20 slides of 20 seconds, or 15 minutes.

The 2015 RGS-IBG Annual Conference will take place at the University of Exeter from the 2nd-4th September 2015


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