The Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers encourages and facilitates interactions among individuals who are interest in research, practice, and education of transportation-related topics. All members of the AAG with an interest in transportation geography are encourage to join the Transportation Geography Specialty Group. Dues are $7 in addition to the normal AAG dues. Students pay less! Further information and forms are available on the AAG home page and the AAG Knowledge Community.
We would like to acknowledge our British counterparts, theTransport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society. We encourage members of AAG and RGS to cross-pollinate by joining both organizations.
2017 Annual Meeting Information The Transportation Geography Specialty Group will be sponsoring a number of sessions at the upcoming Boston conference (April 5 - April 9, 2017). The Group will also hold its annual business meeting, during which a new team of officers will be elected. Scheduling details forthcoming.Students:please take note of the following awards and funding opportunities for transport-related work.
2017TGSGOutstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards This award recognizes outstanding theses and dissertations in transportation geography.There are two awards, one for best Master's thesis and one for best PhD dissertation. These awards each have a $300 prize, and winners will be recognized and receive a plaque at the 2016 AAG awards luncheon.Theses and dissertations completed between December 15, 2015 and December 15, 2016 are eligible. We encourage submissions by students who do not necessarily consider themselves transportation geographers but are working on exciting and innovative transportation topics. Students should apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of their thesis or dissertation along with a cover letter, preferably in PDF format by December 16, 2016. Students *must* be members of the AAG to be eligible for either award, although they are not obligated to attend the meeting in Boston. Faculty, please encourage your students to apply for this award.
2017 Student Travel Awards In addition to the above awards,TGSG will also offer student travel awards to two (Master or PhD) students ($100/each) who will present their paper at the AAG annual meeting in Boston, MA. In order to be eligible for these travel awards, you need to be a member of theTGSGand the presented paper should cover a transportation topic that is relevant to the TGSGcommunity. To apply, please send your abstract and CV email@example.com December 16, 2016.
NEW: Undergraduate\Master’s Poster Competition The purpose of this new competition is to encourage burgeoning transport geographers to attend and participate in the conference. A section of the larger poster presentation room will be segmented off to showcase entries. Please encourage the next generation of transport geographers to participate! To be considered for the competition, poster abstracts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by February 15th, 2017.
TGSG Faculty Awards The Edward L. Ullman Award The Edward L. Ullman Award is offered by the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers since 1990 for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography.
2016 -Michael Kuby, Professor in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. His work contributes to our understanding of transportation and energy policy, such as the optimal location of alternative-fuel stations and the relationship between public transportation infrastructure and land use. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography since 1998 and has held in various leadership roles with the Transportation Geography Specialty group.
2015 - Karen Lucas, Director of Research and Innovation at the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Karen has made significant contributions in the area of transport-related social exclusion. She has worked with numerous governments, both locally and nationally, to develop policies to help alleviate transport disadvantage and social inequalities.
2014 - Bert Van Wee, Professor in Transport Policy at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of TRAIL research school. Dr. Van Wee is well-known in the field of transport geography for his theoretical and conceptual work on accessibility showing a new way of linking a relationship between urban land use and transportation. Throughout his career, Dr. Van Wee's work has not only centered on accessibility alone, but has considered public transportation as integral transportation policy for enhancing accessibility for everyone. Dr. Wee has been deeply passionate about educating and inspiring future transportation scholars.
The Fleming Lecture in Transportation Geography When in 1992 Professor Douglas Fleming retired from his teaching career in transportation at the University of Washington (and his earlier career in merchant shipping), the Department of Geography decided to create a fund that would enable to offer an honorarium for a distinguished lecture at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers. This lectureship, which honors the long tradition of transportation studies at Washington, including William Garrison and Edward Ullman, as well as Doug Fleming, is designed to recognize outstanding contributions in the field. Since the Transportation Geography Specialty Group includes most of the academic specialists as well as many people in the transportation sectors of the economy, the department at Washington solicits the recommendation each year of an outstanding person to honor. Past speakers include:
The 2016 Edward L. Ullman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of transportation geography has been awarded toMichael Kuby, Professor in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. His work contributes to our understanding of transportation and energy policy, such as the optimal location of alternative-fuel stations and the relationship between public transportation infrastructure and land use. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography since 1998 and has held in various leadership roles with the Transportation Geography Specialty group. He will be giving the Fleming Lecture at AAG 2017 (Boston).
Dr. Michael Kuby, 2016 Edward L. Ullman Award recipient, with TGSG Chair Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle
Dr. Ying Song (now Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota) receiving the TGSG Dissertation Award
Lea Ravensbergen-Hodgins of University of Toronto receiving the TGSG Master's Thesis Award
The Transportation Geography Specialty Group congratulated several students for their contributions to the field at the TGSG Business Meeting, held on Friday, April 1:
The 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award has been awarded to Ying Song (Ohio State University '15) for her dissertation titled "Green Accessibility: Estimating the environmental costs of space-time prisms for sustainable transportation planning" (supervised by Harvey Miller).
The 2016 Master's Thesis Award has been awarded to Lea Ravensbergen-Hodgins (University of Toronto '15) for her thesis titled "Socioeconomic discrepancies in children's access to health promoting resources: An activity space analysis" (supervised by Ron Buliung).
Travel Awards have been awarded to Koos Fransen from Ghent University and Geoffrey Battista from McGill University.
The Journal of Transport Geography The Journal of Transport Geographyis a leading interdisciplinary journal focusing on the geographical dimensions of transport, travel and mobility. It is international in its outlook, and welcomes both conceptual papers and theoretically-informed, empirically-oriented contributions on the movement of people, goods and/or information by any mode and at every geographical scale.
An indicative list of topics that are of interest to the journal includes:
The spatial dimensions of sustainable and safe mobility and the interrelations of transport with energy, the environment and climate change
The role of transport and mobility in the globalisation of economies and trade, and in political, cultural and other forms of spatial integration and change
The spatial dynamics of aviation, high-speed and urban rail, maritime and intermodal transport, and logistics networks
The linkages between transport infrastructure nodes, such as ports, airports, train stations, distribution centres and other terminals, and their local regional and national environments
The effects of transport policy and governance on regions and places, both urban and rural
The geographical dimensions of the organisation, structure and operation of public, private and other forms of transport provision
The impacts of transport infrastructure investment on mobility, livelihoods, social networks, the spatial economy, and patterns of development
The relationships of transport, travel behaviour and accessibility with the built environment in cities, urban systems, and in rural settings
The relationships of age, gender, race/ethnicity and social class with travel, mobility and accessibility
The geographical aspects of travel undertaken in the context of recreation and tourism
The spatial implications of technological advances for mobility and transport systems
Methodological developments highlighting the geographical dimensions of transport and mobility
Geo-spatial methods (including GIS), digital data and qualitative methodologies for analysing issues in transport geography
Articles and viewpoints for the Journal of Transport Geography may be submitted through the Elsevier Website.