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Transport Geographies: Mobilities, Flows and Spaces

Richard Knowles (Editor), Jon Shaw (Editor), Iain Docherty (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5323-2
316 pages
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A student-friendly, issues-based text providing an introduction to the key ideas, concepts and themes of transport geographies. It offers an empirically informed and theoretically robust narrative that highlights the important role of transport in economic, environmental, and urban geographies.

  • Emphasizes transport geography as a mainstream of human geography
  • An innovative, qualitative approach offering a wide theoretical and empirical base
  • A formidable collection of renowned experts in the field
  • Superbly illustrated
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.


List of Abbreviations.

Part 1: Fundamentals of Transport Geographies:.

1. Introducing Transport Geographies: Jon Shaw (University of Plymouth), Richard Knowles (University of Salford) and Iain Docherty (University of Glasgow).

2. Transport and Economic Development: Danny MacKinnon (University of Aberdeen), Gordon Pirie (University of the Western Cape) and Matthias Gather (Erfurt University of Applied Sciences).

3. Transport and the Environment: Stephen Potter (Open University) and Ian Bailey (University of Plymouth).

4. Transport and Social Justice: Julian Hine (University of Ulster).

5. Transport Governance and Ownership: Jon Shaw, Richard Knowles and Iain Docherty.

Part 2: Transport Flows and Spaces:.

6. Connected Cities: Iain Docherty, Genevieve Giuliano (University of Southern California) and Donald Houston (University of Dundee).

7. Geographies of Rural Transport: David Gray (Robert Gordon University), John Farrington (University of Aberdeen) and Andreas Kagermeier (University of Trier).

8. Inter-urban and Regional Transport: Clive Charlton (University of Plymouth) and Tim Vowles (Colorado State University).

9. Global Air Transport: Brian Graham (University of Ulster) and Andrew R. Goetz (University of Denver).

10. International Maritime Freight Movements: Jean-Paul Rodrigue (Hofstra University) and Michael Browne (University of Westminster).

11. Individual Transport Patterns: Stephen Stradling (Napier University) and Jillian Anable (Robert Gordon University).

12. Transport, Tourism and Leisure: Derek Hall (Scottish Agricultural College).

Part 3: Future Transport Geographies:.

13. Transport Directions to the Future: Glenn Lyons (University of the West of England) and Becky Loo (University of Hong Kong).

14. Revitalized Transport Geographies: John Preston (University of Southampton) and Kevin O’Connor (University of Melbourne).



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Author Information

Richard Knowles is Professor of Transport Geography at the University of Salford and a member of the Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment.

Jon Shaw
is Reader in Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transport at the University of Plymouth.

Iain Docherty
is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Glasgow and Chair of the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Student-friendly, issues-based introductory text
  • Emphasizes transport geography as a mainstream of human geography
  • Highlights the role of transport on economic, environmental and urban geographies
  • An innovative, qualitative approach offering a wide theoretical and empirical base
  • A formidable collection of renowned experts in the field
  • Superbly illustrated
See More


"I would argue that in all aspects—insight, critique, challenge, and reflection—the editors have crafted an excellent tome and one from which undergraduates, policy makers, communities, and individuals will certainly benefit." (Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2009)

"A timely, policy-relevant and cutting-edge collection which confirms the centrality of transport not only in how we understand contemporary globalised processes, but how these mobilities and flows are intimately woven into the fabric of everyday life." (Geographical Journal, 2009)

"A valuable edited collection ... comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date guide. ... A wealth of student-friendly features and the collection is lavishly illustrated ... An excellent way into the topic." (Times Higher Education)

"This is an exceptionally well-crafted book that captures the essence of transport geography for the 21st century. It introduces a level of analysis focusing on accessibility and mobility that is fresh, innovative and very engaging. The authors provide a masterful synthesis of key issues in transport geography … invaluable for undergraduate and graduate courses in transportation."
–David Keeling, Western Kentucky University

"Long a marginalized part of the discipline, transportation geography has long been overdue for a renaissance. This volume leads the way in this renewal, coupling a sustained engagement with contemporary theoretical concerns."
–Barney Warf, Florida State University

"This is a remarkable book – it offers a fascinating pluralistic perspective on the economic, social, environmental and institutional challenges resulting from local and global trends in mobility."
–Peter Nijkamp, Free University, Amsterdam

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