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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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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: