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Call for TGRG session proposals: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

Dear TGRG members,

The call for sessions and papers for the 2017 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open and we would like to invite TGRG members to submit session proposals for next year’s conference.

The conference will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29th August- 1st September and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Radcliffe (University of Cambridge). The conference theme is ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world’.  We would particularly encourage sessions around this theme, but sessions relating to any aspect of transport geography will be considered.

If you would like to have your session sponsored by TGRG, please submit your session proposal to S.P.Blainey@soton.ac.uk AND K.J.Pangbourne@leeds.ac.uk by Friday 16th December. We will confirm session sponsorship as soon as possible and you will then have until Friday 17th February to send out your Call for Papers, choose your presenters and submit your full session proposal to RGS.

Please include the following in your session proposal (you do not have to use the AC2016 session proposal form at this stage):

  • A title
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the session convenors (we advise TWO)
  • A session abstract (about 200-300 words), and up to five keywords.

Guidance – sessions are scheduled into timeslots of 1 hour 40 minutes long. A session may not normally occupy more than two of these timeslots in the conference programme. TGRG has a ‘ration’ of timeslots, which we will bear in mind when selecting which proposals to sponsor. Please indicate how many high quality papers you think you will attract – four or five (max) ‘traditional’ papers will fit into a timeslot, or you can consider holding a debate, or a workshop, or adopt a different format such as a pecha kucha.

We welcome joint proposals with other groups (who may have a different timeline – please state what that is). For session proposals which attract many high quality submissions, we will consider allowing two timeslots – there are usually 2 or 3 sessions which have two timeslots each.

In addition to promotion of sessions and support in submitting session proposals, one of the benefits of a TGRG sponsored session is that we are given an allocation of guest passes for non-geographers and/or non UK conference participants. Session organisers may suggest names of established speakers for whom the TGRG can potentially offer a free conference pass, assuming the criteria for guest passes are met and subject to our allocation of guest passes. We also have a prize for the best paper by a postgraduate researcher presented in any TGRG sponsored session.

The following link may be useful in proposing your session:


Best wishes,

Simon Blainey (TGRG Secretary)


CfP RGS-IBG: Transitioning to low carbon mobilities

Call for Papers for a TGRG sponsored session at the 2015 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference, 1-4 September, University of Exeter

Transitioning to low-carbon mobilities

Organisers: Debbie Hopkins, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago (NZ) and James Higham, Department of Tourism, University of Otago (NZ)

Sponsor: Transport Geography Research Group

The 21st Century is ‘on the move’ (Sheller and Urry, 2006). In industrialised countries, people are becoming more mobile; travelling further to reach everyday activities such as employment and education, and seeking far reaching tourism destinations (Givoni and Banister, 2013). These practices of mobility demand faster, carbon-intensive transport modes including private vehicles and air travel. Despite technological efficiency gains, transport related greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to grow. The Fifth Assessment Report from the IPCC highlighted the need for ‘aggressive and sustained’ mitigation policies in order to achieve the required deep GHG reductions (Sims et al., 2014). This carbon intensity raises significant questions around the place of mobility and tourism in the Anthropocene, an era requiring transitions towards low-carbon futures.

The concept of transition provides a conceptual lens through which to examine change across temporal and spatial scales and from wide-ranging inter- and post-disciplinary positions. Low-carbon transitions will need to incorporate behavioural, technological and policy approaches. In this session we seek contributions spanning behavioural, technological and policy insights to transitions towards low-carbon mobilities.  A broad definition of mobilities is applied for this session.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Examples of historical mobility transitions (e.g. transitions to motorised transport, geographical uptake of new innovations)
  • Theoretical approaches to conceptualising low-carbon mobility transitions
  • Transitions in specific geographic contexts including national and sub-national scales
  • Transitions in car- and aero- mobilities
  • Behaviour, technology and policy transitions.

We are seeking abstracts (c.250 words) for oral presentations to explore the landscape of transitions to low-carbon mobilities from wide-ranging perspectives. We may seek interest in a journal special issue following on from this session and hope to use this session to develop ongoing dialogue between contributors.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday 4th February 2015 Responses by: Friday 6th February 2015

Abstracts and questions should be submitted to Debbie.hopkins@otago.ac.nz


Givoni, M. & Banister, D. (2013). Moving Towards Low Carbon Mobility, London, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Sheller, M. & Urry, J. (2006). The new mobilities paradigm. Environment and Planning A, 38, 207-226.

Sims, R., Schaeffer, R., Creutzig, F., Cruz-Núñez, X., D’Agosto, M., Dimitriu, D., Figueroa Meza, M. J., Fulton, L., Kobayashi, S., Lah, O., McKinnon, A., Newman, P., Ouyang, M., Schauer, J. J., Sperling, D. & Tiwari, G. (2014). Chapter 8 – Transport. In: Edenhofer, O., Pichs-Madruga, R., Sokona, Y., Farahani, E., Kadner, S., Seyboth, K., Adler, A., Baum, I., Brunner, S., Eickemeier, P., Kriemann, B., Savolainen, J., Schlömer, S., von Stechow, C., Zwickel, T. & Minx, J. C. (eds.) Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge, UK and New York NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.

TGRG sponsored sessions at RGS 2014 announced

After tendering for session proposals, the TGRG committee has decided on those that it will officially sponsor for the RGS-IBG annual conference to be held from 26th – 29th August in London.

If you would like to present at this prestigious conference under the Transport Geography Research Group banner, you can submit an abstract to the organisers of one of these sponsored sessions. Full details will follow; for now, please see the list of session titles below and feel free to contact the conveners if you think your research would be suitable:

Abstract submissions should be submitted to one or more of these conveners by Friday 7th February. Early submission is recommended to ensure the abstracts (~300 words) can be reviewed before the Royal Geographic Society’s own deadlines.

Call for Papers for RGS-IBG session (28th – 30th August). Transport and energy: a roadblock to sustainability?

This is a joint session hosted by the TGRG and the Energy Geographies Working Group (EGWG) Please send abstracts to Robin Lovelace (robin.lovelace@shef.ac.uk) or Stewart Barr (S.W.Barr@exeter.ac.uk) by 10th February at the latest:

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