Geographies of Transport and Mobility aims to provide a comprehensive and evidenced account of the intellectual and pragmatic challenges for personal mobility in the twenty-first century. In doing so, it argues that geographers have a key role to play in shaping academic and policy debates on how personal mobility can become more sustainable.
The book is structured in three parts. Part I explores how personal mobility has evolved since the mid-nineteenth century, plotting the intricate relationship between new forms of mobile technology, urban planning and design and social practices. Part II examines how researchers study transport and mobility, and outlines the different intellectual trajectories of transport geography and geographies of mobilities. Part III then outlines and discusses the discourse of sustainable mobility that has emerged in recent years; the ways in which social, economic and environmental sustainability can be promoted through different strategies, focusing on behavioural change and urban design.
Geographies of Transport and Mobility provides a unique perspective on personal mobility by demonstrating how the way we travel has developed through complex economic and social processes. It argues that this historical context is critical for considering how mobility in the twenty-first century can be more sustainable, not just environmentally, but also economically and socially. As such, it argues for a renewed focus on sustainable place making as a way to radically shift mobility practices. Geographies of Transport and Mobility is designed to appeal to advanced level undergraduate students and researchers in the fields of geography, anthropology, psychology, sociology and transport studies.
'The authors draw on their wealth of research expertise to show that transport and mobility can’t be understood in isolation from broader social, economic and environmental processes, and that geography has to be at the heart of any approach to making transport better and more sustainable. A thought-provoking text that is essential reading for anyone studying, planning or making policy for transport.' - Jon Shaw, Professor and Head of Geography, University of Plymouth
Part I: Contextualising Geographies of Transport and Mobility
1. Geographies of Transport; Geographies of Mobility
2. The ‘Long Mobile Century’: from streetcar suburbs to auto-mobility
3. Predict and Provide: technology, transport and planning in an age of climate change
Part II: Approaches to Transport and Mobility
4. Transport Geography and Geographies of Mobility
5. Travel and Transport in Everyday Life
6. Consuming Places: leisure travel and the ‘end of tourism’
Part III: Sustainable Mobilities
7. Sustainable Mobility: the policy challenge
8. Sustainable Mobility: the challenge of behavioural change
9. Sustainable Mobility: planning better places to live and (not?) travel
10. Conclusion: what future for mobility?