suggest a topic….
Did you go to RGS-IBG AC2011? What did you think of the TGRG sessions? What about other sessions that touched on subjects relevant to travel, transport and mobility? Got any ideas for the group to follow up?
Attended the TGRG conference 2012, and it went great!
The Progress in Transport Geography, early career research symposium at last week’s conference encouraged lively discussion between international transport geographers.
The pressing policy disputes influencing transport geography identified included:
* Energy security,
* Health and obesity,
* Quality of life
* The economy
* Climate change.
* The management and analysis of mixed methods, involving both qualitative and quantitative approaches were identified as a challenge to transport geography.
* Data availability was also highlighted; whilst high levels of information are available from sources such as GPS tracking, response levels to surveys are falling.
* The disaggregate / aggregate nature of research can provide challenges in on one hand level of understanding and on the other transferability (though e.g. EU funded projects can overcome this in part).
* There was discussion as to how mobility fitted with transport geography and vice versa.
* Whilst transport geography is interdisciplinary there’s a need for transport geography to have an identity through having a cleat spatial element.
Transport geography can benefit from economic and political theories to inform research, however it is important that to feedback theoretical advances in transport geography (back) into other research areas.
This was a joint session between the TGRG and the Transport Working Group (Arbeitskreis Verkehr) of the German Geographical Society. The short summary here is a starting point to encourage discussion, so please share your thoughts!
At this year’s RGS-IBG conference the Transport Geography Research Group celebrates its 40th Anniversary. This proposed discussion session asks, ‘What is the future for transport geography research over the next 40 years?’
Our ideas for discussion topics are:
• Imagining transport geography research in 40 years time
• Maintaining the influence of transport geography on policy and practice
• Identifying the ‘geography’ in transport geography. How do we make the distinction from broader transport studies?
• Transport geography: is it really synonymous with quantitative methods?
• Recognising complementarities and tensions with other ‘geographies’ and disciplines
• Communicating transport geography to undergraduates, what is our role?
What are yours?
Response from Dr Frederic Dobruszkes to UTSG mailing:
Thank you for this really useful initiative.
A maybe more secondary issue could be ‘how to analyse changes in transports at a time data on demand are more and more confidential because of increased liberalisations/competition?’ For air transport (my main research field) it is clearly puzzling. For example, there is a massive increase in low-cost air services and we almost know anything on their passengers (travel purpose, induced traffic vs. modal change or route shift, etc.).
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