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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)


“GIS for sustainable transport” session at RGS2015

The RGS Transport Geography Research Group and Geographic Information Science Research Group are joining forces to convene a session on GIS for Sustainable Transport.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have a long history in Transport Geography. With recent advances in data, software and computers, we can do more with GIS for transport planning than ever before. This applies especially to sustainable transport, where carefully targeted local interventions can have huge benefits for relatively little cost and where digital community engagement opens-up new possibilities for participatory planning. This session seeks to explore the new roles that modern GIS systems – including online, open source and interactive options, as well as established techniques – can play in Transport Geography and for enabling transition towards a sustainable transport system.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 16th February, session abstract and application form available here: http://tinyurl.com/gis4st

Session conveners: Robin Lovelace and Eusebio Odiari.

Applications should be sent via email to R.Lovelace@Leeds.ac.uk

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Conceptualising low carbon mobility

This is a write-up of the RGS-IBG 2014 Session:
Transport and Energy (2):
Conceptualising low carbon mobility,
Sponsored by the Transport Geography Research Group and the
Energy Geography Working Group on Thursday 28th August 2014, by Neol Cass.

Session organisers: Dr Noel Cass and Professor James Faulconbridge,
 Lancaster University

The session was organised in conjunction with Robin Lovelace of
 Leeds University and TGRG, and Stuart Barr of Exeter and EGWG,
 whose session on ‘Transport and Energy: evidence base for post-carbon futures’ 
preceded it. There were 5 papers presented in each session and
the audience numbers were consistently high. The first session
focussed more on empirical and quantitative research
(with the exception of Antonio Ferreira’s discourse analysis).
Papers in the second session were more focused on social science approaches.

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Transport and energy: evidence base for post-carbon futures

The TGRG and Energy Geographies Working Group joined forces for the second year running at the RGS-IBG annual conference, to host another session on Energy and Transport. This is a growing area of academic study, as illustrated by the increased number of presentations (10 this year compared with 6 the previous year) and attendees who packed the room.

This post provides a very brief overview of each presentation and, where possible, links to slides from the presenters.

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New members on TGRG committee

Following the very strong turn-out of Transport Geographers at the RGS-IBG annual conference last week in London, we will be uploading many posts in the coming weeks. The record number of sessions hosted by the Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG) were extremely well attended and contained very high quality presentations. Summaries of the sessions, including slides, will be available from the Write-ups section of the website. Perhaps most importantly, we can welcome some new members to our updated Committee. See below for a write-up.

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Transport Geography Research Group Postgraduate Prize

Emerald Group Publishing are sponsoring this year’s Postgraduate Paper Prize which is awarded for the best paper authored and presented by a postgraduate student in a TGRG-sponsored session at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Conference. The final details have now been announced, and are described on Emerald Books’ website.

As an aside, many thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for TGRG-sponsored sessions at the RGS conference in August. It looks set to be a packed event, with more papers and greater diversity of topics than ever before presented under the broad research banner that is Transport Geography, proving that it is more that just a “branch of economic geography“.