Transport and energy: exploring mobilities at the research-policy interface

We are looking for papers to contribute to this two-hour session that will take place at the RGS-IBG annual conference 2014. Please send abstracts, of up to 500 words in length, to Robin Lovelace – R.Lovelace[at]leeds.ac.uk and Stewart Barr – S.W.Barr[at]exeter.ac.uk . A template can be downloaded here: RGS2014-tgrg-egwg-abstract-template. See below for full details of the abstract call. Deadline: Monday 10th February 2014.

Transport and energy are intricately related yet the connection between these two systems is often overlooked. One reason for this is that academic research and policy making processes tend to treat them as separate issues, to be tackled in isolation. This session calls for papers which demonstrate and promote the links between transport and mobility and energy use, exploring both the impacts of contemporary mobility for energy security and the ways in which changing geographies of energy will influence future mobility. Critically, the session calls for papers that explore how research into transport and energy has been used or could be applied to policy making for sustainable and resilient transport and energy systems of the future. This might include examples of knowledge exchange between policy makers, practitioners, businesses, researchers and the public. It may also include calls for policy change based on new findings about the energy use of different types and mode of travel, new metrics for evaluating transport policies or previous examples of intervention from which lessons can be learned. Papers are therefore invited from researchers working at a range of temporal and spatial scales to explore the pragmatic implications of transport and energy research, their out-working with policy makers and practitioners and the ways in which new collaborations between researchers and policy makers can be forged. We welcome both conceptual and empirical contributions to the session, as well as examples from case studies that illustrate the issues underlying the session theme.

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