Book Review: City-Hubs: Sustainable and Efficient Urban Transport Interchanges

Chia-Lin Chen reviewed City-Hubs: Sustainable and Efficient Urban Transport Interchanges edited by Andrés Monzón  and Floridea Di Ciommo.

She recognises this edited volume as a ‘timely and useful’ and highlights the key audience as practitioners such as ‘urban planners, transport operators, urban designers [and] business groups.’

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, Volume 65, 2017.  City-Hubs: Sustainable and Efficient Urban Transport Interchanges, by Monzón A. and Di Ciommo, F. (Ed.), 2016. Boca Raton: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). (£129 (hardback); £90.3 (e-book). ISBN: 9781498740845).

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Book Review: Airspace Closure and Civil Aviation: A Strategic Resource for Airline Managers

Robert Mayer reviewed Airspace Closure and Civil Aviation: A Strategic Resource for Airline Managers by Steven Jaffe.

He found the book focused on constraints as opposed to closure and to be best suited to ‘final year undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as airline managers moving into airline management from other industries’.  This is primarily because it provided a somewhat superficial overview but it did also included some cases which would be of interest to more experienced researchers and practitioners.

The full review is available 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, Volume 65, 2017. Robert Mayer, Book Review: Airspace Closure and Civil Aviation: A Strategic Resource for Airline Managers by Steven D. Jaffe, 2015, Farnham: Ashgate (£70.00 (Hardback), ISBN: 9781472413000).

Book Review Essay: Cultural perspectives on transport, urban planning and design

Robin Hickman explored the following three books when writing a book review essay on ‘Cultural perspectives on transport, urban planning and design’

He summarises:

‘Each publication deserves a wide readership, by transport and urban planners, in research and practice, and by politicians and wider decision makers’

You can find out more about his perspective on each 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, Volume 63, 2017. Robin Hickman Book Review Essay: Cultural perspectives on transport, urban planning and design.  Urbanism and Transport. Building Blocks for Architects and City and Transport Planners, H. Holzapfel. Routledge, Abingdon (2015). (ISBN-10: 1138798185, pbk: £38.99); Emergent Urbanism. Urban Planning and Design in Times of Strategic and Systemic Change, T. Haas, K. Olsson. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). (ISBN-10: 1409457273, hbk: £75.00); and Transport, Mobility and the Production of Urban Space, J. Cidell, D. Prytherch. Routledge, Abingdon (2015). (ISBN-10: 1138891347, hbk: £110.00)

Book review: Velotopia: The Production of Cyclespace in Our Minds and Our Cities,

Samuel Nello-Deakin reviewed Velotopia: The Production of Cyclespace in Our Minds and Our Cities by Steven Fleming.

He provides an interesting critique of the book, suggesting Fleming’s idea of velotopia raises more questions than answers.  The full review is available 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, Volume 63, 2017. Samuel Nello-Deakin, Book Review: Velotopia: The Production of Cyclespace in Our Minds and Our Cities, S. Fleming. nai010 Publishers, Rotterdam (2017).
(£23.00 (paperback) ISBN: 978-94-6208-352-3)

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

Abstract

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.

Book Review: Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography

Denver Nixon reviewed Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography, edited by Timothy Shortell and Evrick Brown

He found that whilst this book may not be perfectly suited to researchers into active modes, and that the book had other shortcomings, it contains ‘some enlightening nuggets and provocative contentions’.  The full review is available 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, Volume 62, 2017.  Denver Vale Nixon, Book Review: Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography, T. Shortell, E. Brown (Eds.) (2014), (Burlington,
VT: Ashgate. £95.00 (hardback)) ISBN 9781472416162 (hbk).

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