Modelling on the Move: Cycling and Transport Modelling

The Modelling on the Move seminar series has reached it’s 6th iteration, and is now open for booking.

The topic is Cycling and Transport Modelling is now open for booking and a provisional timetable will be available soon. Please see for more information and to register your interest in the event. Do feel free to share the details of the event with colleagues who might be interested.


Barriers to cycling and policy implications

This was a fascinating presentation delivered by Ann Jopson from Leeds Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) at an event entitled “The Challenges of Sustainable Mobility in our Cities”. In it, new data is presented on people’s attitudes towards cycling and explanations as to why so few people do cycle regularly despite widespread positive intentions surrounding active travel. The event was not filmed; fortunately I brought my audio recorder along and Ann kindly sent me the slides, allowing an audio-visual slide sharing experience. So please see below, sit back and enjoy the talk.

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Postgraduate Prize announced

TGRG is pleased to announce that its 2013 Prize for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student at a session sponsored by the group at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference is awarded to Fariya Sharmeen of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her paper was entitled “Dynamics of social interaction frequency: Role of Geography and Accessibility”.

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Call for session proposals – RGS-IBG 2014 – Deadline soon!

It’s that time of year again – not Christmas, but the Call for Session Proposals for the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference (or RGS-IBG2014 for short – see here).

If you would like to have your session sponsored by TGRG, please submit your session proposal to (cc by Thursday 12 December 2013, please see below for details.

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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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