In this fascinating talk at the RGS-IBG annual conference, Dr Gina Porter illustrates the impact of the ongoing developing world communications revolution on personal travel. Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous worldwide and are transforming travel behaviours in ways that are little researched and often unexpected. Click below for fold to watch and listen to the talk in full.
The Seamless Freight Transport session took place on the afternoon of Friday 30 August, featuring a diverse range of presentations broadly relating to intermodal transport and city logistics. Despite a relatively small audience, there was a good international dimension (with presenters from South Africa, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom) and some lively and interesting discussion. The first two presentations, from Jason Monios and Ekki Kreutzberger, focused on port hinterland flows from different perspectives though both with an emphasis on the complexity of hinterland networks and the importance of understanding the roles of the various supply chain actors. Jan Havenga then talked about the freight transport challenges facing South Africa, with a particular emphasis on the potential for developing the domestic intermodal market. The last two presentations, from Allan Woodburn and Daniela Paddeu, had an urban focus, with the former focusing on the role for rail freight in the city context and the latter reporting on an analysis of the impacts of an urban freight consolidation centre. Presentations below: