The Transport Studies Unit was well represented at the 2015 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, which was held between 21st and 25th April in Chicago, Illinois.
The conference brought together over 9,000 international delegates to debate, learn, and engage with pressing contemporary geographical issues. The Transport Studies Unit was well represented with a wide range of contributions being made that showcased current research activities. Particular highlights included:
Nihan Akyelken presented the wider implications of the findings from the two TSU projects Servicizing Policy for a Resource Efficient Economy (EC funded) and the Innovations in Urban Transport in the UK cities (RCUK funded). Her presentation was centred around the theme of "Political Economy of Transport in Transition". Nihan also took part in a panel on Sharing Economies with her talk "Political Economy of New Mobility Services", organised as a Pre-AAG symposium "Cloud, Crowd and Urban Governance" at the Urban Planning Department of the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Jennie Middleton gave a paper presentation on her current research focusing on the everyday mobilities of visually impaired young people in a session concerned with 'Mobility and morality'. Drawing upon the analysis of video and in-depth interview data conducted with young people with VI in London, the paper examined how mobility knowledge and practices emerge in their everyday lives and, in doing so, explored how such practices relate to broader physical, social, and cultural barriers to particular forms of movement and understandings of 'independent mobility'.
Tim Schwanen gave a paper presentation in a session on the geography sustainability transitions and spoke about how transport investments channelled through local economic partnerships (LEPs) complicate low energy innovations in urban mobility in England. He was also a panelist in two other sessions, one on critical geography perspectives on resilience and the other on results from the EPSRC funded Disruption project.