More paper calls

We can confirm three additional sessions for RGS-IBG 2013.

Here are the titles of the sessions and who to contact if you’d like to present at them:

Making new connections:  transport, mobilities and mobile phones in low income countries

Please submit a title and abstract of up to 250 words to Gina Porter by 28th January 2013.

Walking & Cycling – Physical Activity, Sustainable Transport or harsh reality? : The contributions of health and transport geography (with the GHRG)

Please submit a title and abstract of up to 250 words to Lisa Davison (  and Angela Curl ( by Friday 1st February.

Seamless Freight Transport

If you are interested in offering a paper on a topic related to this call please email a 200 word Abstract, including your name and affiliation, to Allan Woodburn ( as soon as possible and no later than Friday 25 January.

Click below for full session descriptions of these three sessions of see the other Transport Geography paper calls here or on the RGS-IBG website.

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Call for papers: RGS 2013

The following sessions have now been confirmed for the RGS-IBG 2013 national conference. Please click on the links below to apply, by the deadline specified for call for papers (CfP).

Mobility as Practice: new frontiers in geographical understandings of urban mobility (with the UGRG)  CfP Deadline: 01-Feb-2013


New Paradigms in Conceptualising Shared Mobility       CfP Deadline: 30-Jan-2013


Space-time knowledge in social networks: a new paradigm for transport geography?    CfP Deadline: 28-Jan-2013


TGRG Postgraduate Research Open session        CfP Deadline: 31-Jan-2013


The Geography of Business Travel           CfP Deadline: 28-Jan-2013


Unequal Mobility and its Social Consequences                 CfP Deadline:  31-Jan-2013

Watch this space for more paper calls.

Modelling on the Move Symposium – a write-up

This article describes a symposium hosted by the University of Oxford’s Transport  Studies Unit (TSU) on December 7th 2012. Entitled Modelling on the Move the event kicked-off a new series of seminars sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The aim is to explore how quantitative models can inform a transition to a low-carbon transport system, by “bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss innovative ways of responding to pressing policy problems in transport”. The premise of the series is the interlinked problems of the obesity crisis, climate change and oil depletion.

My first thought, before the conference had even begun, was respect to the organisers for facing such overriding problems with our transport systems head-on, rather than fiddling around the edges or arguing over academic minutiae. This symposium aimed to tackle the ‘big issues’, against the grain of academia’s tendency to “tell us more and more about less and less” (Gallagher and Appenzeller, 1999).

Convener Rachel Aldred introduced the need for ‘systemic transition’ in the context of climate and energy objectives, obesity and economic crises and the rise of ‘big data’. It was certainly a broad remit. Below I sketch how researchers focussed on one or more of these objectives are harnessing new modelling techniques and collaborating to foresee the transport systems of the future.

Specifically there were talks on:

The slides and audio from these talks have been made available online, and can be accessed from the Modelling on the Move website by clicking on the above talk titles. Or, for a more general summary from one perspective, read on. Continue reading Modelling on the Move Symposium – a write-up

Transport Geography at RGS-IBG 2013: Call for papers

We are preparing for the RGS-IBG annual conference 2013, to be held on August 28th to 30th in London. If you plan to present a paper related to transport geography, please submit abstracts of around 300 words to Kate Pangbourne (k.pangbourne at Sessions are yet to be finalised, but session themes will include:

  • GIS and “big data” approaches to understand personal transport flows
  • Energy and transport
  • Transport Geography in an interconnected world

Watch this space for more details on this abstract call.

Hello and welcome

The Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG) is a small but highly active Research Group. Its major objectives are:

  • to stimulate the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas.
  • to encourage research and publications and to raise awareness of transport geography.

The group’s activities include:

  • convening sessions at the RGS/IBG Annual Conference.
  • the group’s links with the Journal of Transport Geography, which provides a further valuable international outlet for the Group’s research findings.
  • the production of a book series ‘Transport and Mobility’ with Ashgate Publishers ( for more information please contact Professor Richard Knowles
  • the publication of the ‘A New Deal for Transport?’ in the RGS-IBG Book Series.

Committee members:

Chair: Karen Lucas
Secretary: Kate Pangbourne
Treasurer/Deputy Chair: Lisa Davison
Membership secretary: Scott Copsey
Postgraduate representatives: Ian Philips, Joanne Elvy
Website: Robin Lovelace

For more information please contact Kate Pangbourne

Bridging the Gap’ event with Transport Scotland

The Transport Geography Research Group and Transport Scotland held a ‘Bridging the Gap’ event on 6th July at Transport Scotland in Edinburgh. This was timed to coincide with the RGS-IBG annual conference, held in the same city.

The event brought together practitioners, policy makers and academics to share good practice, to identify key policy priorities and to inform future transport geography research.

Workshops involved presentation of international examples of transport geography research under themes identified as important to policy-makers and practitioners. This was followed by wider discussion under each theme, namely

Please click on the theme to view the posters from each session.

Professor Phil Goodwin provided the keynote speech highlighting evidence that we have reached ‘Peak Car’. The slides can be accessed here.

A summary of the event will soon be available to TGRG members.

TGRG: the forum for transport geographers worldwide.