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Book Review: Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco by J.M. Henderson

Nicholas Klein provides an engaging review of Jason Henderson‘s book Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco.

Street fight

A short summary including a link to a copy of the review follows. Continue reading Book Review: Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco by J.M. Henderson


Placement opportunity in Government for PhD students

There is a new placement opportunity for students funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that may be of interest to PhD students in the field of transport geography.

The Royal Geographical Society and AHRC is working in partnership with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) to offer a three month fellowship based at the POST offices in Westminster. This is as a chance for doctoral students to develop experience of working within a policy environment and writing policy briefings to inform parliamentarians about science and technology issues.

Full documentation, including the guidance document and application form can as well as the link to the Applicants Survey on Smart Survey can be found on the AHRC website using the following link:


Any queries should be sent to P.Henly [at] ahrc.ac.uk .

Transport and energy: exploring mobilities at the research-policy interface

We are looking for papers to contribute to this two-hour session that will take place at the RGS-IBG annual conference 2014. Please send abstracts, of up to 500 words in length, to Robin Lovelace – R.Lovelace[at]leeds.ac.uk and Stewart Barr – S.W.Barr[at]exeter.ac.uk . A template can be downloaded here: RGS2014-tgrg-egwg-abstract-template. See below for full details of the abstract call. Deadline: Monday 10th February 2014.

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Modelling on the Move Symposium – a write-up

This article describes a symposium hosted by the University of Oxford’s Transport  Studies Unit (TSU) on December 7th 2012. Entitled Modelling on the Move the event kicked-off a new series of seminars sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The aim is to explore how quantitative models can inform a transition to a low-carbon transport system, by “bringing together researchers and practitioners to discuss innovative ways of responding to pressing policy problems in transport”. The premise of the series is the interlinked problems of the obesity crisis, climate change and oil depletion.

My first thought, before the conference had even begun, was respect to the organisers for facing such overriding problems with our transport systems head-on, rather than fiddling around the edges or arguing over academic minutiae. This symposium aimed to tackle the ‘big issues’, against the grain of academia’s tendency to “tell us more and more about less and less” (Gallagher and Appenzeller, 1999).

Convener Rachel Aldred introduced the need for ‘systemic transition’ in the context of climate and energy objectives, obesity and economic crises and the rise of ‘big data’. It was certainly a broad remit. Below I sketch how researchers focussed on one or more of these objectives are harnessing new modelling techniques and collaborating to foresee the transport systems of the future.

Specifically there were talks on:

The slides and audio from these talks have been made available online, and can be accessed from the Modelling on the Move website by clicking on the above talk titles. Or, for a more general summary from one perspective, read on. Continue reading Modelling on the Move Symposium – a write-up

Bridging the Gap’ event with Transport Scotland

The Transport Geography Research Group and Transport Scotland held a ‘Bridging the Gap’ event on 6th July at Transport Scotland in Edinburgh. This was timed to coincide with the RGS-IBG annual conference, held in the same city.

The event brought together practitioners, policy makers and academics to share good practice, to identify key policy priorities and to inform future transport geography research.

Workshops involved presentation of international examples of transport geography research under themes identified as important to policy-makers and practitioners. This was followed by wider discussion under each theme, namely

Please click on the theme to view the posters from each session.

Professor Phil Goodwin provided the keynote speech highlighting evidence that we have reached ‘Peak Car’. The slides can be accessed here.

A summary of the event will soon be available to TGRG members.