Call for paper abstracts for a proposed session at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2019. The conference will take place at the Society in London and at Imperial College London from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 2019.
Convenors: Dr Kate Pangbourne and Professor Greg Marsden (both Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds)
It is argued that a range of potentially disruptive new technologies will fundamentally change the way people and goods move. The range of these innovations and technologies is large and each has different qualities and potential implications for different places, from rural to urban and core to periphery. Some of them are frequently described as ‘disruptive’. For example, self-driving vehicles (SDVs), Mobility as a Service (MaaS), smartcard and contactless ticketing technologies, delivery drones, shared services (city bike schemes, free-floating scooters, ride-hailing, lift sharing, car sharing), electric cars and associated charging infrastructure, hydrogen buses and refuelling infrastructure, are all jostling for space in the imagination of politicians, urban and transport planners. However, there is a lot of technological optimism attached to many of these innovations and there remains an absence of data regarding their spatial, social and distributional impacts. It will not be one transition, but many. Whilst some aspects of the transitions will be more amenable to steering than others, there is also the issue of foreseeability of the impacts – it is highly likely that unanticipated effects will only emerge after some time. This session is particularly interested in understanding more about a) how different places are currently approaching the governance of the integration of new technologies, or how they might approach this in the future, given the increasingly distributed networks of actors, and b) how to positively affect social change in the context of transition. Topics could include (but are not limited to):
• Understanding the spatial and social impacts of mobility innovations
• New patterns of network governance
• Governing competition for space
• The potential for socio-distributional impacts from the risk of public ‘goods’ being privatised (such as urban streets and transport networks)
• Collaborative decision-making on desirable futures and policy options
You are invited to submit abstracts of between 200-300 words by email to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com by 31st January 2019. We will then select the best submissions for our full session proposal which will be submitted to RGS in mid-February. We expect to have final confirmation of acceptance by end March 2019.
Further information about the conference can be found here: https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/programme-(1)/