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

Call for Papers for RGS-IBG session (28th – 30th August). Transport and energy: a roadblock to sustainability?

This is a joint session hosted by the TGRG and the Energy Geographies Working Group (EGWG) Please send abstracts to Robin Lovelace ( or Stewart Barr ( by 10th February at the latest:

Continue reading Call for Papers for RGS-IBG session (28th – 30th August). Transport and energy: a roadblock to sustainability?

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