The confluence of the health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic and the new agreements coming out from Glasgow at COP26 place us at a decisive moment on how we want our cities to look like in the future. At no other time in history has it been clearer that transport infrastructures play an essential role in enabling us to care for our families, friends, and ourselves. As we start looking for strategies to reconnect our communities in the wake of COVID-19, and consider how to address the inevitable climate crisis, it is time we put care at the centre of transport's role in our societies.
COP26: Seven reasons global transport is so hard to decarbonise
Transport accounts for 21% of global carbon emissions. It is now the largest emitting sector in many developed countries. On 'transport day' at the COP26 climate summit, Dr Christian Brand provides seven reasons why global transport is particularly hard to decarbonise. Part of The Conversation's coverage on COP26.
What do we really know about climate, migration and cities?
Researcher at the Oxford Martin Programme on Informal Cities, Jin-ho Chung, tells us the research trends of climate mobilities that show the growing significance of the urban lens through which climate migration is understood. It demonstrates why it is important to consider the dynamics of the urban systems that would be affected by both climate-related migration, and the direct impacts of climate change.
To celebrate this year's World Car Free Day held on the 22nd of September, TSU researcher Christian Brand provided some facts and figures on how reducing or changing our car use can positively impact the environment.
'Ambitious' UK plans for electric vehicles welcomed - with reservations
Green groups fear the policy will embed car use at the expense of healthier and ultimately cheaper alternatives. Article in The Guardian includes expert comment by Prof Tim Schwanen, director of the Transport Studies Unit.
Professors Patricia Daley, Tim Schwanen and Dariusz Wójcik awarded Academy of Social Sciences Fellowships
Patricia Daley, Professor of the Human Geography of Africa, Tim Schwanen, Professor of Transport Geography and Director of the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), and Dariusz Wójcik, Professor of Economic Geography, have been awarded prestigious fellowships by the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), which recognise excellence and impact in the social sciences.
Dr Brendan Doody was selected as the recipient of a 2021 Divisional Teaching Excellence Award for Excellence in Supervision by the University of Oxford Social Sciences Divisional Board. The award recognises Dr Doody's outstanding contribution to teaching and doctoral supervision within the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), and the Division.
Launch of new film on the daily challenges facing India's auto-rickshaw drivers
A new public awareness film aimed at customers in Bangalore to draw attention to the challenges and precarity of auto rickshaw drivers has been launched. 'For Mahesh' traces the day-to-day lived experiences of auto-rickshaw drivers who form a key component of Indian mobility systems. The film was written and produced by Dr Lucy Baker.