Hoyle Lecture 2013: The place of Transport in Geography

Here are the slides of the 2013 Hoyle Lecture in transport geography, hosted by the Transport Geographies Research Group at the RGS-IBG annual conference.

This year’s lecture was by Andrew Goetz of the University of Denver, who has kindly provided slides and allowed us to record the entire talk. The lecture itself looked back over more than 50 years of Transport Geography, witnessing its growth from a small but influential sub-field to the more central role it plays today.

Being new to the Transport Geography, this is highly recommended viewing and contains references to many of the major works and ideas that have made the field what it is today, as well as setting out areas for future work.


Modelling adaptive capacity to fuel shocks

Below is an audio slide-show of a talk by Ian Philips from the University of Leeds, Institute of Transport Studies. It was not hosted by the TGRG (for that, see other Write-ups), but jointly, by the GIS Research Group and the Population Geography Research Group. 

The reason that it appears here is that it was about transport, or more specifically, to what extent people can travel in the event of an ‘oil shock‘. This is exciting research, as it breaks out of the ‘business as usual’ assumption upon which most transport geography is based. Instead, it pushes our understanding of personal travel to the extreme. Would you be able to get to work if fuel ran out tomorrow? Watch this presentation to find out why this question is so important.

Current and emerging research in transport

This session was for postgraduate students in any aspect of transport geography. The session provided a relaxed atmosphere for postgraduates at any stage of their research to present their work in progress.  It is worth commenting on the work presented by drawing upon the recommendations for future transport geography research made by Prof Andrew Goetz who delivered this year’s Hoyle lecture.   The range of contributions in this year’s session showed an interest in interacting with other geographical sub-fields as well as public policy.  A variety of approaches are evident in the work presented and there is consideration of social and environmental justice.  The slides (submitted by some presenters) give an overview of the work presented but further details can be obtained by contacting the presenters directly – more details on this session are available from the RGS-IBG website.


Mobile phones in Africa

It is well-known that mobile phones are having a large impact on people’s lives across the world in many, often subtle, ways. No where is this more pronounced than in Africa, where the sudden availability of mobiles is providing people access to communications for the first time.

One under-studied yet crucial impact is on transport. The following video and audio posts, taken with permission at a TGRG session during the RGS-IBG conference last week, illustrate the various impacts and dispose of the simplistic notion that mobiles simply reduce trips. Overall, they make transport more efficient, as explained by Imogen Bellwood-Howard:



Energy and transport session at RGS 2013

The TGRG held a total of 12 sessions over the course of the RGS-IBG 2013 conference, the maximum allowed for any research group, and covered an impressive amount of material in that time. (To take a look at all the sessions our members convened, please see here and search for transport). Sessions were well attended, but with so much to see and do, even the most dedicated transport geographer would be hard-pressed to see all of the sessions. Also, many people will not have attended RGS-IBG 2013 at all.

With these people in mind, we have decided to try to document the sessions than took place, rather than accept that, once a presentation is delivered, it is lost forever. To kick-off this coverage, we look at the very first transport session – Energy and Transport – in this post, held bright and early at 09:00 on Wednesday 28th August. For anyone, anywhere interested in energy and transport but unable to attend the conference in person, please read on. Continue reading Energy and transport session at RGS 2013

Richard Knowles interviewed

Richard Knowles is a veteran of Transport Geography. He has overseen the rise of the Journal of Transport Geography (JTG) from a niche publication focussing mostly on British research to the second most cited transport journal according to the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) of Thomas Reuters. Professor Knowles is also one of the founding members of the Transport Geography Research Group, the wider community of which this website is a part. To commemorate his passing the baton of Editor-in-Chief to recently elected Tim Schwanen, he was interviewed by Elsevier. Continue reading Richard Knowles interviewed

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