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RGS-IBG 2019 session – paper call: Up in the air: geographies of trouble and hope at 35,000ft

We are pleased to invite abstracts for our TGRG sponsored session at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019 entitled Up in the air: geographies of trouble and hope at 35,000ft.

The conference will take place at the Society in London and at Imperial College London from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 2019. Please email paper title and max 250-word abstract to the session conveners by close of play on Wednesday 6th February. Authors will be notified of the outcome the w/c 11th February.

Session conveners: Professor Stephen Ison and Dr Lucy Budd, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 3TU. E: s.g.ison@lboro.ac.uk and l.c.s.budd@lboro.ac.uk

In 1944, the Chicago Convention on the future of International Civil Aviation was convened in the hope of promoting a more connected, equitable and harmonious new post-war world order through the medium of commercial flight. 75 years later and although the development of an increasingly safe, cost efficient and reliable air transport network has provided economic and social benefit to some, the global mobility of over 31,000 aircraft, 4.1 billion passengers and 62 million tonnes of air freight a year presents a range of potentially troubling social, political, cultural and environmental challenges that need to be addressed. Indeed, while the inauguration of the latest generation of passenger aircraft, the introduction of ultra-long haul air routes and regulatory reform in key world markets are reconfiguring the spatial patterns and processes of flight and ushering in a new era of hyper-aeromobility for a privileged few, technological and regulatory reform also reveal and reinforce the uneven global distribution of wealth, political power, economic activity, social opportunity and environmental pollution.

This session will bring together papers which explore the myriad geographies of commercial air transport as they pertain to people (whether passengers, employees or the population at large), places (at all sites and scales) and policies (concerning economic regulation, geopolitical relations, migration and environmental protection). Papers may be qualitative or quantitative in nature and draw on case study examples from around the world. We are particularly keen to attract papers from people and places that have historically been underrepresented in debates surrounding air transport geography and, in so doing, we echo the conference theme of geographies of trouble/geographies of hope. Discussions are currently taking place with a view to publishing the full papers in a special issue of a SSCI listed journal following the conference.

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‘The Geography of Business Travel’ session at RGS 2013

The last TGRG session of the conference, ‘The Geography of Business Travel’, comprised a range of papers, from theoretical studies drawing on a range of disciplines, to empirical research based on primary and secondary data, then further to a presentation of a practical tool available to support decision making.

It commenced by exploring the how the practice of business travel has become ingrained in society despite compelling reasons to find alternatives to travel.  James Faulconbridge outlined how market development, the marketing of travel alternatives and the image associated with business travel are challenges to countering this trend.  The company car, a key contributor to business and in some cases leisure travel, was the focus of the next presentation.  Using a London-centric approach, Scott Le Vine answered questions such as ‘How, when and where are company cars used?’ and considered what access to a company car means for household as well as individual travel.  In considering the procurement practices relating to business travel, Paul Adderley presented a tool designed to consider the door-to-door travel and mobility options with consideration for environmental costs.  The tool identifies the range of options providing information about the impact of each; it includes the option not to travel (using a technological alternative) and also recognises that private vehicles may provide part of the solution.  Lisa Davison then examined the characteristics of business travellers who fly as part of their work, highlighting the difficulties in responding to a homogeneous business air travel segment, where in reality a range of sub-segments exist.  The interrelatedness of business and personal travel formed the focus of Kate Pangbourne’s presentation, which emphasised the need to better understand how individual and organisational factors come together, so as to better inform business practices and inform transport policy.

As the conference drew to a close, presenters dashed for their trains or engaged in activities typified by the ‘leisure’ tourism segment thus demonstrating some of the complexities of the geography of business travel.

Continue reading to view a selection of the presentations from the session. Continue reading ‘The Geography of Business Travel’ session at RGS 2013