Category Archives: Call for papers

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).

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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) – deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt
Freke Caset (Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – freke.caset@ugent.be
Samuel Nello-Deakin (University of Amsterdam) – s.nello@uva.nl

 

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 e.anaya14@imperial.ac.uk, Angela Curl angela.curl@canterbury.ac.nz and Julie Clark Julie.Clark@uws.ac.uk.

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:
http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm

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 (deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt).

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, k.lucas@leeds.ac.uk
• Dr Daniel Oviedo, University College London, d.oviedo.11@ucl.ac.uk
• Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri, University of Oxford, ersilia.verlinghieri@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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

Best wishes,

Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri

 

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 S.P.Blainey@soton.ac.uk and D.Reuschke@soton.ac.uk 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:

http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm

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 ( deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt ).

Best wishes,

Simon & Darja

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, Debbie.hopkins@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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: Debbie.hopkins@ouce.ox.ac.uk .  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.