Long-distance travel and transport justice
Start date : 27 August 2019 09:00
End date : 30 August 2019 17:00
Where : London | Royaume-Uni
Hosted by :
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Information sources :
Convenors: Frédéric DOBRUSZKES (Brussels Free University), Chia-Lin CHEN (University of Liverpool in London), Amparo MOYANO (University of Castilla-La Mancha) and Francesca PAGLIARA, University of Naples Federico II)
There is a clear trend that in the era of widespread information and communication technological (ICT) development and large-scale transport investment, places distant apart are increasingly inter-related and connected. Therefore, people have involved more and more long-distance travel which is defined here beyond intra-metropolitan areas for at least a few hundred kilometres . Although the rise of a networked society and long-distance travel could enhance economic growth and competitiveness, social challenges have been largely neglected. Academic knowledge and policy of transport and mobility has mostly been investigated through the lens of so-called neo-classical and sustainable mobility paradigms. While these approaches diverge in many ways, they commonly depoliticise debates and ignore the role of social divides in mobility patterns and the fact that transport policies are not neutral in social terms (W. Kębłowski and D. Bassens, 2018). The emerging theme of transport justice (K. Martens, 2017) is promising in addressing the lack of critical approaches to transport and mobility studies, but has been mostly focused on urban transport (ibid.). Therefore, this session is expected to expand the concept of transport justice toward long-distance travel and explore associated issues and policy implications via various transport modes and services, including (but not restricted to) aviation, high-speed rail and coach services.
Topics could include: - How can long-distance travel and transport justice be conceptualised? - Do long-distance travellers belong to specific social groups? - How much transport justice explain modal split on long-distance mobilities? - What are the factors of social exclusion in long-distance travel markets? - How much yield management and dynamic pricing shape the spatial patterns of long-distance mobilities? - Have low-cost airlines really helped to democratise aviation? - Have low-cost high-speed rail (such as Ouigo and Izy) made high-speed rail more open to all social groups? - What policies to improve long-distance transport justice?
Practical informations :
Submission (by the 31st of January 2019): Please send your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org including: - Title - Name(s) - Affiliation(s) - Email address(es) - Presenter’s name - Abstract (up to 150 words)
The whole special session will then be submitted by the conveners to the RGS Conference team.