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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: Making Equity Work

We are currently proposing a themed volume entitled: “Making equity work: management and financing of socially-targeted urban transport policies” in the journal Research in Transportation Business and Management. Please find below the call for papers with all the information about the invited topics related to this themed volume.

In order to achieve the aim of the Themed Volume, original submissions covering a variety of aspects relating to the management, governance and financing of policies oriented towards improving transport equity are welcome. Topics include but are not limited to:

1. Systematic literature reviews and conceptual analyses of organisational and management models of equitable transport policies and programmes;

2. Analyses of institutional and policy dimensions of recent innovations targeting equity;

3. Analyses of the impact potential and user expectations;

4. Case studies on equitable programmes and policies and business models;

5. Theoretical and empirical analyses on the social, economic and environmental effects of successful and unsuccessful management of equity-centred policies, programmes and projects;

6. Analysis of new forms of financing and management that can lead to the redistribution of costs and benefits of urban transport.

All the contributions should pay special attention to clearly identify implications for future managerial practice and the contribution to scholarly knowledge.

If you are interested in submitting a paper, you are kindly requested to notify us and send a 300 word abstract by the 30th August 2018 to and

Following the review of all the abstracts received we will submit the proposal to the editors for consideration and provide feedback to the authors.

We expect the full papers by 30th November 2018 to start the review process. We expect publication of the themed volume before the end of 2019.

Please feel free to forward this proposed call for papers to anyone who might be interested in submitting a paper. We look forward to receiving your abstracts.


Inequality in Transport by David Banister


David Banister has just published a new book Inequality in Transport – now available through amazon kindle price £9.99
And it will be published as a paperback on 12th July through Alexandrine Press – Price £30.00 – p. 272 and in full colour. The whole enterprise has been self-publication.

It will also be linked through David’s website – and through Alexandrine Press –
There is also a website for the book

Everyone needs transport to move around and to access everyday needs, but for each individual those needs are different, and they change over time and space: herein lie the seeds of inequalities in transport. In Inequality in Transport, David Banister addresses this complex problem, first through an exploration of inequality, its nature, measurement and extent. He then links inequality and the transport sector through detailed analysis of the variations in daily and long-distance travel in Great Britain over a ten-year period. He argues that there must be a much wider interpretation of inequality – one that links actual travel with measures of wellbeing and sustainability, recognizing that these will change over time. In drawing his findings together, he concludes that there must be new thinking in transport policy and planning if transport inequalities are to be alleviated.


The Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford is currently accepting applications for the Governing Transitions in Urban Transport course, to be held Tuesday 26th- Friday 29th June 2018, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The course is part of our Global Challenges in Transport Leadership 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.

The course will explore how technological, behavioural and institutional transitions in urban transport can be facilitated and steered through policy and planning.
Our speakers include: Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Edward Kellow (Kellow Learning), Prof Glenn Lyons (UWE Bristol), Dr Louise Reardon (ITS Leeds), Dr Jacob Doherty (TSU), Mairi Brookes (Oxford City council), Dr James Palmer (University of ), Dr Anna Nikolaev (Utrecht University). 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:
· Corporate rate: £3,500
· Academic rate: £1,500
· PhD rate: £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

Kind regards,

RGS CfP: Marking 25 years of the Journal of Transport Geography – past/current/future developments

We are inviting abstract submissions from two TGRG sponsored sessions at the 2018 RGS IBG Annual International Conference, titled “Marking 25 years of the Journal of Transport Geography – past/current/future developments”.

In 2018 the Journal of Transport Geography – the leading interdisciplinary journal focusing on the geographical dimensions of transport, travel and mobility – will celebrate its 25 years of existence. To commemorate this anniversary we invite leading transport geography scholars to put forward their prospective views on the field. This field is very broad in scope, ranging from conceptual innovations, theoretically-informed advances, to empirically-oriented contributions on the movement of people, goods and/or information by any mode and at every geographical scale. We welcome papers that reflect on the field. How has our discipline evolved? What can we learn from the past? What are the new research avenues?

All accepted session papers will be published (after peer-review) in a Special Issue of Journal of Transport Geography.

Session Convenor(s):

Richard Knowles (University of Salford, UK)
Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford, UK)
Frank Witlox (Ghent University, Belgium)

If you are interested in presenting a paper in this session, please submit to the session convenors the following information by Friday 9 February 2018: Title, authors, affiliations and addresses, presenter and abstract (300 words).

RGS CfP: Current and Emerging Research in Transport

Call for Papers on “Current and Emerging Research in Transport”
RGS with IBG Annual International Conference, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff, UK.

Session sponsored by Transport Geography Research Group.

Session convenors:
Deborah Mifsud (University of Malta) –
Freke Caset (Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) –
Samuel Nello-Deakin (University of Amsterdam) –


We are inviting abstract submissions from postgraduate students to a TGRG sponsored session at the 2018 RGS IBG Annual International Conference titled “Current and Emerging Research in Transport”.

This session is aimed at postgraduate students conducting research in any aspect of transport geography. It’s an open-themed session, but we particularly welcome papers which address the wider conference theme (Geographical Landscapes/Changing Landscapes of Geography) from a transport perspective. Our event hosts a wide range of presentations and is always well attended. Current and emerging research in transport provides a relaxed, supportive atmosphere for postgraduates at any stage of their research to present their work in progress, to share ideas and to discuss synergies.

Every year the TGRG rewards a postgraduate prize for the best postgraduate contribution in any TGRG session at the RGS-IBG 2018 Conference. If you wish to enter for the prize, you need to submit a full paper prior to the conference. Please get in touch with the TGRG postgraduate representatives (see session convenors above) for more information.

If you interested in presenting a paper in this session, please submit to the session convenors the following information by Friday 9 February 2018:

Title, authors, affiliations and addresses, presenter and abstract (300 words).

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