RGS-IBG 2020 : The transformation of urban neighbourhoods: Challenges and opportunities for reducing car dependence
Date de début : 1 Septembre 2020 09:00
Date de fin : 4 Septembre 2020 17:00
Lieu : London | Royaume-Uni
Organisé par :
Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers
Source de l'information :
Urgent global issues (e.g. climate change, dependence on fossil resources) are inevitably connected at the local scale (e.g. emissions, noise, impact on liveability, health). We just have to look close enough – take the eyes on the street as Jane Jacobs already put it in 1961. For daily mobility practices, the neighbourhood scale is a crucial factor providing alternative infrastructures and opportunities to the private car, and, thus, may contribute to a reduction of car dependence. Neighbourhoods are key to understand and enhance active travel behaviour and they are used profusely in public health and epidemiology research. Worldwide many cities and neighbourhoods show successful examples or explore new approaches and opportunities for this endeavour.
However, the concept and use of neighbourhoods for research presents definition challenges and potential biases and limitations in itself, which would be useful to discuss in regard to transport and mobility studies. Therefore, it is the objective of this session to contribute to the emerging stream of research on the transformation of urban neighbourhoods by
(i) discussing successful examples and novel approaches for the transformation of the built environment, daily mobility practices and related administrative and political institutions,
(ii) critical approaches and assessment of new and existing research and knowledge (e.g. gentrification, social justice, diversity and equity), and
(iii) questioning existing and emerging methodological approaches (e.g. urban living labs), challenges (e.g. residential self-selection) and their usefulness for transformation research.
Contributions for this session may analyse the transformation of both existing neighbourhoods and new developments, and/or the impact of mobility-related issues and interventions at the local scale. This could include topics such as new parking management schemes, active travel behaviour, cycling related innovations, the (re-)construction and use of the built environment (e.g. plazas, superblocks, pedestrianized areas) or any other associated themes. Critical approaches on the definition and use of the neighbourhood scale for transport geography studies will be welcomed.
Keywords: neighbourhood scale, car dependence, travel behaviour, methodological challenges
Informations pratiques :
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words indicating title, author(s), affiliation(s) and corresponding email addresses by Friday 7 February 2020 to Esther Anaya Boig firstname.lastname@example.org, Franziska Kirschner email@example.com and Martin Lanzendorf firstname.lastname@example.org