Unequal and uneven mobility and its social consequences

This session report by Karen Lucas (Institute of Transport Studies, Leeds University) and Kate Pangbourne (University of Aberdeen) (Session Chairs) describes two sessions that took place on the morning of Friday 30th August (see the session on the RGS-IBG website here and here).
In making the call for papers for this session, a key aim was to draw researchers from a diverse a range of disciplines and methodological approaches into the TGRG. As such, we were pleased that the eight paper presenters discussed a broad spectrum of research relating to the issue of unequal mobility and its social consequences and brought in some new researchers, as well as plenty of TGRG faithful followers. Details of the talks are described below.

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Transport impacts of mobile phones in Africa

In this fascinating talk at the RGS-IBG annual conference, Dr Gina Porter illustrates the impact of the ongoing developing world communications revolution on personal travel. Mobile phones are becoming ubiquitous worldwide and are transforming travel behaviours in ways that are little researched and often unexpected. Click below for fold to watch and listen to the talk in full.

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Seamless freight transport

This presentation session was held at the RGS-IBG annual conference – details available on the RGS website. The write-up is by Allan Woodburn and Mike Browne:

The Seamless Freight Transport session took place on the afternoon of Friday 30 August, featuring a diverse range of presentations broadly relating to intermodal transport and city logistics.  Despite a relatively small audience, there was a good international dimension (with presenters from South Africa, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom) and some lively and interesting discussion.  The first two presentations, from Jason Monios and Ekki Kreutzberger, focused on port hinterland flows from different perspectives though both with an emphasis on the complexity of hinterland networks and the importance of understanding the roles of the various supply chain actors.  Jan Havenga then talked about the freight transport challenges facing South Africa, with a particular emphasis on the potential for developing the domestic intermodal market.  The last two presentations, from Allan Woodburn and Daniela Paddeu, had an urban focus, with the former focusing on the role for rail freight in the city context and the latter reporting on an analysis of the impacts of an urban freight consolidation centre. Presentations below:

Intermodal rail freight Twin hub Network

A review of rail freight initiatives in the urban supply chain

Facilitating Comfort in personal mobility – RGS-IBG session

Report by Angela Curl (Glasgow), RGS-IBG session description here.
This open session brought together a diverse range of transport related papers resulting in an engaging session which stimulated much debate.
Firstly, Brendan Doody gave an in depth account of his fieldwork with London commuters, highlighting strategies for ‘coping’ and drawing out the habitual nature of commuting. Filip Chvatal discussed some of the challenges in developing a measure of accessibility related to development in the Czech republic, using a variety of spatial scales. Anna Kenyon’s paper looked at inequalities in levels of walking in Scotland, related to measures of the built environment. Finally Kees Maat enlightened us with problems faced by Dutch commuters in finding a bike space at stations, and discussed some strategies for alleviating bicycle congestion.

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