The Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG) conference is an annual event for UK academic transport researchers. January saw its annual conference take place. See below for a write-up by Dr Tim Ryley.
This is a joint session hosted by the TGRG and the Energy Geographies Working Group (EGWG) Please send abstracts to Robin Lovelace (email@example.com) or Stewart Barr (S.W.Barr@exeter.ac.uk) by 10th February at the latest:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th January 2013.
Walking & Cycling – Physical Activity, Sustainable Transport or harsh reality? : The contributions of health and transport geography (with the GHRG)
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 (email@example.com) as soon as possible and no later than Friday 25 January.
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.
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:
- Low Carbon Transport Futures, by David Banister
- Planning for Well-Being by Saamah Abdallah
- Health and Transport by James Woodcock
- Karen Lucas: Social Justice and Transport by Karen Lucas
- Travel Behaviour – Conceptual Framing and Modelling Approaches by Peter Jones
- and New Transport Modelling, by Michael Batty
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