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Book Review Essay: Emerging Trends and Challenges of Transportation and Logistics in Asia and the Pacific

Ben Derudder and Wei Shen co-review  the following books focused on the geographic region of Asia and the Pacific.

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Read the full review here to find out about the ‘strengths and blind spots’ of each of the books followed by a discussion of ‘overarching issues and themes’, including a caveat on comparing and contrasting books written for different audiences and the fuzzy boundaries of the the region.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 56, Ben Derudder and Wei Shen, Emerging Trends and Challenges of Transportation and Logistics in Asia and the Pacific Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics: Global Context and Local Policies, by Peter J. Rimmer. 2014. Cheltenham/Northampton (MA): Edward Elgar. £110 (Hardback) ISBN: 9781847206282 Air Transport in the Asia Pacific, edited by David Timothy Duval. 2014. Farnham/Burlington (VT): Ashgate. £70 (Hardback) ISBN: 9781409454069 Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific, by ESCAP (Economic and Social Communication for Asia and the Pacific/the United Nations). 2013. Bangkok: United Nations Publication. E-ISBN: 9789210542067

 

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Book Review Essay: Urban mobility systems in a comparative perspective — A Research Field between Governance, Urban Form and Travel Behaviour

Thomas Klinger‘s essay-style book review focuses upon three book exploring urban mobility.  Specifically:

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Klinger examines these thematically, exploring how each book contributes to an understanding of sustainability and flexibility, and whether good practice in urban mobility can be transferable across contexts. He then highlights how the three books inspire future research in the discipline.   The full review is available here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 52,  Thomas Klinger, Urban mobility systems in a comparative perspective — A Research Field between Governance, Urban Form and Travel Behaviour Transport, Climate Change and the City by Hickman, R., Banister, D., 2014. London Routledge. £90.00 (Hardback) ISBN: 9780415660020, £31.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 9780415660037 Megacity Mobility Culture: How Cities Move on in a Diverse World by Institute for Mobility Research (Ed.), 2013. Springer: Heidelberg u.a. £103.50 (hardback) ISBN 9783642347344, £82.50 (ebook) ISBN: 9783642347351 Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013 by UN Habitat (Ed.), 2013. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis. £33.99 (Paperback) ISBN: 9780415723183, £0 (online)

Book Review Essay: A Jensenian Approach to Mobilities

Simon Cook‘s recent contribution to the Journal of Transport Geography is an essay style book review focused on Ole  Jensen‘s books examining mobilities: Staging Mobilities; and Designing Mobilities.

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He identifies the former as a more conventional academic text and the latter as ‘part academic-, part coffee-table book’.  He recommends each book as a strong introduction to contemporary mobilities for transport geographers with consideration for the interdisciplinarity, yet  feels only one fully achieves its aims.  Read Cook’s full review here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is  also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 52, Simon Cook, A Jensenian approach to mobilities: (1) Staging Mobilities Ole B. Jensen. 2013. Routledge, Abingdon. (£85.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978–0-415-69,373-8). (2) Designing Mobilities Ole B. Jensen. 2014. Aalborg, Aalborg University Press. (£37.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978–87-7112-098-1)

Book Review Essay: Three books, mostly about seaports

Peter V. Hall provides the Journal of Transport Geography’s second essay-style book review, which is mainly about sea ports.

He reviews:

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The review explores four questions:

  1. In rescaling the port, is any particular scale primary, necessary or
    inevitable?
  2. While we know that seaports confer widespread benefits and concentrated costs, what else can we say about their contribution to the uneven geography of contemporary capitalism?
  3. Who are the key agents in making the investment and operational decisions which create these economic geographies?
  4. What are the prospects for environmental sustainability in ports and related transportation-logistic systems?

You can read the full review here.

This review is published with the kind permission of Elsevier. It is also available via Science Direct, published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 47, Peter V Hall, Three books, mostly about seaports: (1) Port-City Interplays in China, James Jixian Wang. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £60.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2689-5. (2) Institutional Challenges to Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Jason Monios. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2321-4. (3) Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy, Sven Conventz, Ben Derudder, Alain Thierstein, Frank Witlox (Eds.). Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4094-4591-3.