RGS-TGRG Writing Transport Geography Workshop

In April 2014 the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds hosted 21 delegates from the University of Leeds alongside other British and European Universities for a workshop on “Writing Transport Geography”. TGRG Postgraduate reps Ian Philips and Joanna Elvy successfully won a grant from the Royal Geographical Society to host a workshop, which was aimed at encouraging interdisciplinary engagement amongst postgraduate and early career researchers from a variety of disciplines engaged in research with a transport geographical nature.

The one day session included a keynote address from Dr Karen Lucas exploring writing and publication from both the academic journal and policy perspectives (Lucas1_slides / Lucas2_slides). Cristina Irving Turner from Emerald also gave delegates a publisher’s perspective on writing for transport geography (Cristina-Irving-Turner_slides). Nine postgraduate and early career researchers also presented papers outlining their own research which generated lots of discussion and ideas for further work. Their papers included:

  • Anna Davidson (University of Oxford) – Bringing into conversation queer and material feminist theory to understandings of urban cycling practices (Think Piece) – Davidson_paper / Davidson_slides
  • Reka Solymosi (University College London) – Mapping Fear of Crime as a Dynamic Event in the Whole Journey Environment – Solymosi_paper / Solymosi_slides
  • Dr Giulio Mattioli (Univeristy of Aberdeen) – Car dependent practices: initial findings from a sequence pattern mining study of the 2000 British time use survey – Mattioli_slides
  • Daniel Oviedo Hernandez (University College London) – Transport strategies in a context of social and spatial peripheries in Colombia – Oviedo_paper / Oviedo_slides
  • Wojciech Kębłowski (Université libre de Bruxelles) – Mobility of alternative urban transport policies – Keblowski_paperKeblowski_slides
  • Anna Plyushteva (University College London) – A Journey of Habits: Making, Sustaining and Transforming Everyday Urban Mobilities – Plyushteva_paperPlyushteva_slides
  • Ersilia Verlinghieri (University of Leeds) – Planning for resourcefulness: a participatory approach to transport planning – Verlinghieri_paper
  • Nicole Badstuber (University College London) – Governance structures and policy frameworks of public transport systems (Think Piece)
  • Alison Rumbles (University of Plymouth) – A critical evaluation of ITSO Smart Ticketing, policy, practice and outcomes (Think Piece) – Rumbles_paperRumbles_slides

The day ended with a review session and social networking event which enabled delegates to further discuss the themes that had arisen during the workshop. The TGRG would like to thank all delegates and speakers for attending and also for individual permissions to reproduce the materials from the workshop.

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TGRG member’s survey and group summary

A recent survey of TGRG members provided feedback for the committee and other members involved in convening and presenting at the Royal Geographical Society annual conference and other events. A summary of  The role of the Journal of Transport Geography was widely and warmly recognised and developments in communications were commended. Please see below for the full report.

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Placement opportunity in Government for PhD students

There is a new placement opportunity for students funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that may be of interest to PhD students in the field of transport geography.

The Royal Geographical Society and AHRC is working in partnership with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to offer a three month fellowship based at the POST offices in Westminster. This is as a chance for doctoral students to develop experience of working within a policy environment and writing policy briefings to inform parliamentarians about science and technology issues.

Full documentation, including the guidance document and application form can as well as the link to the Applicants Survey on Smart Survey can be found on the AHRC website using the following link:

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/AHRC-and-POST-Postgraduate-Fellowships-Scheme-2014.aspx

Any queries should be sent to P.Henly [at] ahrc.ac.uk .

Newly available book reviews from the Journal of Transport Geography

After some negotiation with Elsevier, the TGRG are pleased to announce that we will be making some content from the the  Journal of Transport Geography (JTG) available via our website. This, along with the publisher’s liberal attitude towards preprints, means that more transport geography writing than ever before will be accessible to the public, most of whom will lack institutional access to academic content. So, to kick things off, below we treat you to two interesting and timely reviews, from Volume35: the visually appealing City Cycling (Pucher and Buehler, 2014) and the in depth Economics and Politics of High-Speed Rail (Albalate and Bel, 2013) both available through Science Direct.

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