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Long-distance travel, social change and climate change: troubles ahead?

27th August 2019

Royal Geographical Society

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CREDS researcher Zia Wadud is co leading a session at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2019 from Tuesday 27 to Friday
30 August 2019 on the topic “Long-distance travel, social change and climate change: troubles ahead?”

CREDS researcher Zia Wadud is co leading a session at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2019 from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 2019 on the topic “Long-distance travel, social change and climate change: troubles ahead?”

Long distance passenger travel – whether domestic or international – accounts for a small share of trips, but a large share of travel distances, energy use, and carbon emissions. Despite the recent excitement about ‘peak car’, traffic volumes are growing on motorways, trunk roads and railways in the UK, and CO2 emissions from international aviation in the EU have more than doubled since 1990. Non-work and leisure activities play a big role here, and a number of broad social trends (e.g. transnationalism, migration, ICT, changing nature of work, individualisation, ageing) have a clear bearing on these developments. Yet our understanding of the social, economic and lifestyle drivers of long-distance travel demand is still limited.

This session welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions to help advance our understanding of the link between social change and growing travel demand in the long-distance sector and their potential implications in terms of energy and carbon emissions.

Abstracts for this session are being invited by the conference organisers.

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