A new edited ‘Handbook of Transport Studies’ has recently been published, thanks to SAGE. Having a strong interest in the field but no clear notion of what it contained and what it did not, I eagerly volunteered to review for the TGRG (if you’d like to review a book or have a book to suggest for review, please contact Lisa Davison).
I needn’t go into details here: suffice to say that it was an interesting read that covers a huge amount of ground. This does detract from depth in some areas – I would have liked to see many more reproducible examples and description of software, such as a brief mention of tutorials on how to use Matsim for transport planning. Also I found it difficult to describe the book as a “Handbook”, as it weighs almost a kilogram. But these are relatively minor points: The Book does exactly what it says it will, providing an overview to people and institutions who want an overview of the field.
Full book review reference:
Robin Lovelace, Sage Handbook of Transport Studies, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Theo Notteboom, Jon Shaw (Eds.). Sage, London (2013). £95, Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-84920-789-8, Journal of Transport Geography, Available online 22 May 2014, ISSN 0966-6923, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.05.002. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096669231400088X)