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The Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG) is a small but highly active Research Group. Its major objectives are: * to stimulate the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas. * to encourage research and publications and to raise awareness of transport geography. The group’s highlights include: * convening one or more key paper sessions at the Annual Conference. * the group’s links with the Journal of Transport Geography, which provides a further valuable international outlet for the Group’s research findings. * the production of a book series ‘Transport and Mobility’ with Ashgate Publishers ( for more information please contact Professor Richard Knowles * the publication of the ‘A New Deal for Transport?’ in the RGS-IBG Book Series. Chair: Dr Iain Docherty Secretary: Kate Pangbourne Treasurer: Lisa Davison

CfP: Cycle and bike-sharing accessibility and equity in the changing urban transport landscape, RGS 2018.

The landscape of urban transport is ever changing, and doing it faster than ever, to the point that “disruption is the new normal”. Cycling, cycle infrastructure and public bike sharing schemes are increasingly part of the dynamic urban transport landscape. The benefits of cycling have been widely documented and evidenced but more knowledge is needed to assess whether these benefits are at reach of all the population groups. While cycling, cycle infrastructure and public bike sharing schemes offer the potential to be socially inclusive, shift the focus away from car-based society and provide opportunities for interaction for those marginalised by private car based mobility, the reality is often different. Cyclists in general and users of public bike sharing schemes tend to have higher incomes, high levels of formal education, and are disproportionately white, middle aged and male.

But cycling inequalities are complex. They have been related to the generation of resistance or hostility towards the presence of cyclists or cycling facilities in the streets, known as “bikelash”. They can potentially contribute to gentrification processes, in which only an advantaged part of the society receives the benefits of cycling policies. Newly implemented bicycle paths and bike share schemes have been critiqued on issues of equity and gentrification, particularly in the US.

Inclusive cycling mobilities are related to the use of space, in which power relations take place and need to be considered. Inequality issues become crucial to ensure a transition towards a more sustainable and just mobility future.

We welcome papers exploring accessibility and equity issues for cycling and bike sharing, including, but not limited to:

• Evaluation of cycling, cycling infrastructure and the use of bike share (including dockless schemes) among those likely to be excluded or with additional mobility needs: Elderly, migrants and refugees, women, ethnic minorities, disabled and lower income groups.

• Inclusiveness of new cycling mobility services such as dockless/floating bikeshare schemes and more widely, of the new technologies applied to cycling mobility, for example: the use of apps, sensors, electronic devices.

• Approaches to inclusive urban transport policies relating to cycling and bike sharing.

• Empirical or conceptual papers on cycling inequalities, justice, power relations and inclusivity.

Keywords: cycling, bikesharing, equity, inclusive mobilities, mobility justice.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words indicating title, author(s) and affiliation(s) by Monday 5 February 2018 to Esther Anaya, Angela Curl and Julie Clark


Call for Papers – “Changing Landscapes for Inclusive Mobility: new research insights and future directions” – RGS/IBG 2018

[With apologies for cross posting]

Dear all,

We are inviting abstract submissions from researchers and postgraduate students to the TGRG sponsored session “Changing Landscapes for Inclusive Mobility: new research insights and future directions” at the RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, which will take place from 28 to 31 August 2018 in Cardiff, UK.

Session Convenorsː Professor Karen Lucas, University of Leeds, Dr Daniel Oviedo, University College London, Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri, University of Oxford

With the PGRs at ITS Leeds, UCL Barlett School of Planning and TSU Oxford

Since the late 1990s, it has been well established in the transport geography literatures that full participation in our contemporary societies requires high degrees of mobility. Following the seminal UK SEU report (2003), a large body of international research has highlighted the connection between transport and social exclusion. Despite these early insights, equity concerns are still poorly integrated within transport policy. Challenges remain to change our transport systems to support more inclusive, socially sustainable mobilities that also respect the planetary environmental boundaries.

This session welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that discuss the interactions between the mobility landscape and social inequalities in different geographical contexts. Invited topics under the general theme are open, but some suggestions are:

• Relationships between the mobilities, accessibilities and social inclusion landscape and the fractures therein;
• New theoretical perspectives – mobilities turn, urban and transport justice, capabilities approach, future ecologies, political ecology, etc.;
• Novel methods to identify the accessibility and mobility needs, concerns and perceptions of disadvantaged groups;
• The role of mobilities in fostering the livelihoods and wellbeing of local communities;
• Linkages between mobilities, social capital and social exclusion in different geographical contexts, and mobility cultures;
• The social dimensions of sustainable transport policies, and their ability of protecting the rights of future generations;
• Social equity in the context of transport policy and project appraisal and evaluation;
• Including diverse voices and localised participation in transport planning processes.

Full details of the conference can be found here:

Postgraduate research students are particularly encouraged to submit a paper for this session. TGRG has a small prize for the best postgraduate presentation in any TGRG session at the RGS-IBG 2018 Conference. If you wish to enter for the Postgraduate Prize a full paper should be submitted to the Chair and Secretary of TGRG prior to the conference date for judging. For more information and to find out about entry criteria please contact TGRG postgraduate rep Deborah Mifsud (

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract of your work (up to 300 words) along with authors’ names, affiliations and contacts by Friday 9th February 2018 to the session convenors:

• Professor Karen Lucas, University of Leeds,
• Dr Daniel Oviedo, University College London,
• Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri, University of Oxford,

We will aim to advise whether or not papers have been accepted for the session by Friday 23rd February.

Best wishes,

Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri


2017 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Winner

The TGRG are pleased to announce that the 2017 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize has been won by Philipa Bateman from the School of Geography, University of Nottingham.  The title of her dissertation is Reconnecting the Capital of the Fens: a study of the proposed reopening of the Wisbech-March railway.  Philipa will receive a selection of books to the value of £150 from Edward Elgar Publishing.  We are very pleased to have the continued support from Edward Elgar for this prize.

Reconnecting the Capital of the Fens: a study of the proposed reopening of the Wisbech-March railway

By Philipa Bateman


This dissertation provides a critical ex-ante analysis of the proposed reopening of the Wisbech-March rail link in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, which would subsequently link the deprived town of Wisbech to the burgeoning city of Cambridge. An innovative blend of qualitative research methods is used, not only to gain an insight into the local perceptions of the rail link, and the political rationality, upon which the proposal is based, but also to address the scarcity of qualitative research in transport geography, which the literature appeals for.

Generally, this dissertation finds that the rail link would be a positive move for the town, and will help towards combatting income polarisation in Cambridgeshire. However, further considerations must be made, to ensure it will be socially equitable, and not cause further inequality, as it has been identified that this is very possible. In addition to this, the expert local knowledge, uncovered in this dissertation, has challenged several of the proposed economic and environmental benefits, which suggests the current analytical framework for transport infrastructure proposals is somewhat ineffectual. The politics surrounding the rail link, meanwhile, indicate that the social equity impact is not taking precedence in plans. Rather, this is being overlooked in comparison to other concerns, for example enabling Cambridge to prosper further, by providing a mobility fix to its housing shortage.

This dissertation will provide a useful tool for those involved in the planning process, and it contributes to the existing literature on ex-ante analyses. In light of the current standstill,which the proposal finds itself in, due to various reasons, this dissertation will provide some useful information for those involved in the planning process.

Call for Papers on ‘Changing Landscapes of Work and Travel’

RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff, UK.

Session sponsored by Transport Geography Research Group.

Session convenors: Simon Blainey & Darja Reuschke (University of Southampton)

The landscapes of work are rapidly changing in mature economies, as economic and lifestyle transitions lead an increasing number of people to work in ways which are different from the traditional ‘nine to five’ pattern. Whether this involves flexible working hours, home working, mobile working, itinerant working, peripatetic working, or real or notional self-employment linked to the ‘platform’ and ‘sharing’ economies, the potential impacts of these shifts are profound. Some of the most significant impacts include those on travel patterns and on the demand for and supply of transport services. However, the effects of changing working patterns on landscapes of travel are poorly understood. To complicate the picture further, there are similarly profound shifts taking place in technologies and practices of travel, such as those linked to autonomous vehicles, changing fuel sources, and the supposed advent of ‘mobility as a service’. These could themselves have impacts on working patterns, by making a wider range of work-space-time configurations available to and feasible for both employees and employers. This session will investigate the interactions between these changing landscapes of work and transport, focusing particularly on the impact they have on work-related travel (both inside and outside ‘work time’) and transport-related work.

We welcome the submission of papers which investigate these issues making use of any qualitative or quantitative approach. Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words to and by 1700 on Friday 9th February 2018. We will aim to advise whether or not papers have been accepted for the session by Friday 23rd February.

Full details of the conference can be found here:

TGRG has a small prize for the best postgraduate presentation in any TGRG session at the RGS-IBG 2018 Conference. If you wish to enter for the Postgraduate Prize a full paper should be submitted to the Chair and Secretary of TGRG prior to the conference date for judging. For more information and to find out about entry criteria please contact TGRG postgraduate rep Deborah Mifsud ( ).

Best wishes,

Simon & Darja

Global Challenges in Transport Programme: Health, Wellbeing and Transport course (5-8 December 2017)

We have a few places still available on the Health, Wellbeing and Transport course, to be held Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th December 2017, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The course is part of our Global Challenges in Transport programme, which provides researchers and practitioners with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise, supported by the latest research evidence, to address the complexity associated with making transport sustainable.

This course considers health, wellbeing and social equity across spatial scales, geographical contexts and transport modes. It specifically concentrates on the relationships between urban form and design, mobility practices, and physical and mental well-being. Particular emphasis will be placed on the potential contribution of walking, cycling and public transport services to healthy cities.
Our speakers include: Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Prof Karen Lucas (ITS), Dr Jennie Middleton (TSU), Dr Christian Brand (TSU), Dr James Esson (Loughborough University), Dr Margaret Peden (The George Institute for Global Health), Dr Audrey de Nazelle (Imperial College London), Emma Aldrich (Marie Stopes Uganda), Dr Adrian Davis.

The full programme is available at:

This is a 4-day residential course, with fees covering all materials, 21 contact hours, and 3 night’s en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. All meals and refreshments are provided. The fee structure is as follows:

· Private sector: £3,500
· Public sector: £1,500
· PhD: £500

We are able to offer partial scholarships to a limited number of participants, as well as discounts to those attending several Global Challenges in Transport courses.

Further details about all courses in the Global Challenges in Transport programme can be found at

To enquire or apply, please email

Call for Papers: Special Issue for the Journal of Sustainable Tourism on ‘Innovative approaches to the study and practice of sustainable transport, mobility and tourism’

Special Issues series (2019-2022) on Transport, Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism.

Guest Editor: Dr. Debbie Hopkins, University of Oxford,

The first Special Issue is titled Innovative Approaches to the Study and Practice of Sustainable Transport, Mobilities and Tourism. This SI seeks contributions that challenge the norm, that push critical, novel and innovative approaches to understanding the mobile tourism experience and that re-centre the role of transport and mobility within tourism studies. The primary aim of this SI is to identify how novel approaches (methodologies, theories, conceptualisations) can progress the study of sustainable tourism by exposing new insights, geographies, contestations and opportunities. This may include; critical appraisals and/or adoption of new data collection techniques that go beyond traditional quantitative or qualitative methods (e.g. mobile methodologies, Big Data), drawing theoretical insights from Science, Technology and Society (STS), theories of behaviour change, system dynamics modelling, socio-technical transitions and beyond, and ways of rethinking the ‘pillars of sustainability’ across spatial and temporal scales. Papers that reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries are strongly encouraged.

To this end, we invite papers that engage with issues of transport, mobilities and sustainable tourism. The inclusion of empirical material is not required, but can be used to develop, extend, or aid the conceptual argument. We seek papers that move beyond hegemonic, global North perspectives, that challenge the status quo, and that seek meaningful and perhaps radical opportunities for tourism and sustainable development. Expressions of interest in contributing a paper to this special issue are invited in the form of a working title and 450-500 word abstract of your proposed paper by 15 November 2017, to be submitted by e-mail to: .  Abstracts should include paper title, authorship, author affiliation(s) and contact information (including the email addresses of all authors) and keywords (maximum six). Full papers will be invited following a review of submitted abstracts.

The deadline for the submission of full papers will be 31 May 2018, for publication in early 2019. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s normal high standards of peer review. All accepted papers will be published online without delay, with print publication of the special issue to follow.

Further calls will be made in due course for the remainder of the Special Issues series on Transport, Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism, which will further develop the topic by examining different geographies and scales, innovations, and transitions. Might be useful to develop a schedule for the full series, just so that we can consider how the individual special issues will run alongside each other.
Queries should be directed to the guest editor via email.