Congratulations to Sam Comber, TGRG Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Winner

Congratulations to Sam Comber, from University of Birmingham who has been awarded this year’s prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in Transport Geography, sponsored by Ashgate. The judges were impressed with the advanced statistical approach and overall methodology which went ‘well beyond those normally seen in undergraduate geography dissertations’ and felt that the dissertation overall was ‘extremely high quality’.

Sam’s abstract is below:

This paper evaluates the willingness to pay for rail investments by home-buyers. The investments examined are the Crossrail intervention in Ealing that will improve the Great Western Main Line’s service provisions. As Crossrail is currently incomplete, this paper studies the anticipation effect derived from Crossrail’s mid-2008 announcement. Anticipated benefits of rail investments should factor into home-buyers location choice criteria because of the future transport cost savings. Studying the Crossrail intervention, a three-stage regression approach is introduced to explore the nuances between the estimates of cross-sectional, spatial cross-sectional and quasi-experimental approaches (using difference-in-difference estimators). In doing so, this paper investigates the research hypothesis that Crossrail’s announcement increased housing prices, and that these increases reflected proximity to Crossrail stations. The findings concluded by this paper suggest there are statistically significant premiums for properties located nearer to the sites of planned Crossrail stations following the post-announcement period.

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Book Review: Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks: From Acadia to Zion, R. Manning, S. Lawson, P. Newman, J. Hallo, C. Monz (Eds.)

David Keeling‘s review of Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks: From Acadia to Zion, edited by: Robert Manning, Steven Lawson, Peter Newman, Jeffrey Hallo and Christopher Monz provides a concise critique of the collection.

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Keeling recognises the challenges in bringing together previously published papers into one volume, though these are closely linked to the themes of the book.  The book did have a number of shortcomings from a transport geographer perspective and these are discussed here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 48  David Keeling. R. Manning, S. Lawson, P. Newman, J. Hallo, C. Monz (Eds.), Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks: From Acadia to Zion, 2014, University Press of New England, Hanover, ISBN: 978-1-61168-552-7 ($50.00, Paperback) Copyright Elsevier (2015).

Book Review: Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity, by Mimi Sheller

Weiqiang Lin‘s review of Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity, by Mimi Sheller discusses how the author encourages readers to re-examine aluminium, and other vital resources, important to transport geography and a wide range of other disciplines.

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Read the full review here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 47 Weiqiang Lin, Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity, Mimi Sheller. The MIT Press, London (2014). £20.95 (Hardback). ISBN:978-0-262-02682-6

Book Review Essay: Three books, mostly about seaports

Peter V. Hall provides the Journal of Transport Geography’s second essay-style book review, which is mainly about sea ports.

He reviews:

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The review explores four questions:

  1. In rescaling the port, is any particular scale primary, necessary or
    inevitable?
  2. While we know that seaports confer widespread benefits and concentrated costs, what else can we say about their contribution to the uneven geography of contemporary capitalism?
  3. Who are the key agents in making the investment and operational decisions which create these economic geographies?
  4. What are the prospects for environmental sustainability in ports and related transportation-logistic systems?

You can read the full review here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 47, Peter V Hall, Three books, mostly about seaports: (1) Port-City Interplays in China, James Jixian Wang. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £60.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2689-5. (2) Institutional Challenges to Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Jason Monios. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2321-4. (3) Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy, Sven Conventz, Ben Derudder, Alain Thierstein, Frank Witlox (Eds.). Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4094-4591-3.