Category Archives: Geography

2015 Transport Geography Dissertation Prize awarded to Sam Comber

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor, Geography

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Royal Geographical Society’s Transport Geography Research Group 2015 undergraduate dissertation prize, sponsored by Ashgate, is Sam Comber from the University of Birmingham for his dissertation ‘Assessing the Impacts of Rail Investments on Housing Prices’. This research evaluates home-buyers’ willingness to pay for rail investments using the example of the Crossrail intervention in Ealing that will improve the Great Western Main Line’s service provisions. The judges were impressed with the advanced statistical approach and overall methodology which went ‘well beyond those normally seen in undergraduate geography dissertations’ and felt that the dissertation overall was ‘extremely high quality’.

Ashgate’s Transport and Mobility book series is run in conjunction with the Transport Geography Research Group.

New Series Announcement and Call for Proposals for Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Space

Posted by Katy Crossan, Commissioning Editor for Geography

New Series Announcement and Call for Book Proposals:
Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Space

Series Editors: Rainer Kazig, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble, France, Damien Masson, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France and Paul Simpson, Plymouth University, UK

We are currently seeking book proposals for research monographs and edited collections which engage with the key questions outlined below.

Research on ambiances and atmospheres has grown significantly in recent years in a range of disciplines, including Francophone architecture and urban studies, German research related to philosophy and aesthetics, and a growing range of Anglophone research on affective atmospheres within human geography and sociology.

This series offers a forum for research that engages with questions around ambiances and atmospheres in exploring their significances in understanding social life. Each book in the series advances some combination of theoretical understandings, practical knowledges and methodological approaches. More specifically, a range of key questions which contributions to the series seek to address includes:

  • In what ways do ambiances and atmospheres play a part in the unfolding of social life in a variety of settings?
  • What kinds of ethical, aesthetic, and political possibilities might be opened up and cultivated through a focus on atmospheres/ambiences?
  • How do actors such as planners, architects, managers, commercial interests and public authorities actively engage with ambiances and atmospheres or seek to shape them? How might these ambiances and atmospheres be re-shaped towards critical ends?
  • What original forms of representations can be found today to (re)present the sensory, the atmospheric, the experiential?  What sort of writing, modes of expression, or vocabulary is required? What research methodologies and practices might we employ in engaging with ambiances and atmospheres?

For further information please contact the Series Editors, Rainer Kazig, Damien Masson and Paul Simpson.

Transport Geography Research Group’s Dissertation Prize

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor, Geography

Ashgate are pleased to sponsor the prize awarded by the Royal Geographical Society’s Transport Geography Research Group for the best undergraduate dissertation that focuses on any aspect of the geography of mobility and transport, undertaken at a UK university, and which demonstrates conceptual and/or methodological sophistication.

The prizewinning student in 2014 was Joshua Holmes for his dissertation Flying in the Face of Convention: Exploring the Spatial Politics of Affect and Biopower within Dublin Airport. The judges praised the original approach taken to understanding the human response to travelling through an airport and in particular the  innovative methodologies deployed which took advantage of new technologies. The analysis of the data provided a thorough understanding of the space of an airport terminal with strong reference made back to the literature. Details of the 2015 winner will be announced shortly.

Ashgate’s Transport and Mobility book series is run in conjunction with the Transport Geography Research Group.

Ashgate author re-enacts the world’s first long distance bicycle journey

9781472439116Over the last fortnight Glen Norcliffe, author of Critical Geographies of Cycling has been taking part in a rather epic event, cycling between Paris and Avignon by velocipede. The event is a re-enactment of the world’s first long distance journey on two wheels commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 864km journey undertaken by two brothers, René and Aimé Olivier in 1865.

Glen is one member of a team of enthusiasts who have embarked on this journey to highlight the early origins of cycling and to celebrate the remarkable history of the bicycle at a time when the hobby is experiencing a massive boom in popularity.

You can read more about the participants involved in the journey and discover more about their motivations on this blog:


New Series – Cultural Geographies: Rewriting the Earth

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor

Ashgate is delighted to announce the launch of a new series, Cultural Geographies: Rewriting the Earth, with series editors Paul Kingsbury (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and Arun Saldanha (University of Minnesota, USA).

Social and Cultural Geography series postcard

Cultural geography has witnessed profound changes in recent years on three interrelated levels: theoretical, methodological, and socio-political. In terms of theory, new conceptions of culture have emerged which examine social and geographical differentiation as involving objects, affect, nonhumans, mobility, emotion, queerness, assemblage, materiality, the unconscious, biopolitics, relationality, and intersectionality. At the level of methodology, experiments with fieldwork and writing practices demonstrate the extent to which cultural geography has learnt from and contributes to many areas of policy, science, therapy, ethics, aesthetics, and activism. Finally, in terms of the socio-political and engagements with the world outside of academia, cultural geographers are exploring the multiple crises of energy, climate change, nationalism, (sub)urban expansion, loss of biodiversity, inequality, and fragmentation of life under the spell of digital technologies and consumerism.

Contemporary cultural geography cannot be defined simply as a distinctive sub-field within geography (“earth writing”), but rather as an efflorescence of many strands of research exploring cultural phenomena with the shared commitment to spatiality. This new series offers a dedicated space for high-quality and innovative research monographs and edited collections in cultural geography which address the new hopes, dangers, and intensities that are rewriting the earth.

For further information about the series, including details of how to submit a book proposal, please email Senior Commissioning Editor Katy Crossan.

Call for Chapter Contributions: (Im)mobilities in the City – creating knowledge for planning cities in the Global South and postcolonial cities

Posted by Katy Crossan, Senior Commissioning Editor

Call for Chapter Contributions: (Im)mobilities in the City – creating knowledge for planning cities in the Global South and postcolonial cities

Transport and Society book series

Series Editor: Margaret Grieco, Professor of Transport and Society, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University.

Edited by Dr Tanu Priya Uteng and Dr Karen Lucas, this book proposes to examine the ways in which different facets of mobilities have converged to shape cities and regions in postcolonial societies and the ways in which such mobilities are being modified – both positively and negatively.

Within this context, the editors would welcome abstracts for chapters from researchers working in this field with a particular focus on the following issues:

– daily micro-mobilities (and immobilities) of people

– histories of mobilities

– resource (space, transport, economic opportunities) consumption

– gentrification

– the practices / power exercised by both the people (through activism) and the State in governing mobilities

The book will be situated in the cultures, spaces, forms and politics of mobilities in postcolonial societies with a specific focus on planning practices. It aims to illustrate the diverse range of influences that ‘development’ has exerted in reshaping mobilities in developing countries thereby carving out, in many cases, non-functioning and deformed social fabrics, agencies, entitlements, roles and capabilities. To this end, the book will posit that mobilities as a constituent factor for development should be decoded and integrated at multiple levels of interaction. The book further aims to provide a theoretical framework for understanding and commenting on mobilities and to indicate possible policy directions based on case study examples.

If you are interested in being involved please send an abstract (500 words) by August 20th 2015 to the editors Dr Tanu Priya Uteng and Dr Karen Lucas. The selection of papers will be announced by 10th September 2015.

Space, Knowledge and Power – Guest Podcast by Jeremy Crampton and Stuart Elden

Space Knowledge and PowerPosted by Emily Ferro, Marketing Coordinator

Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography by Jeremy Crampton and Stuart Elden has been chosen by our editors as having played a significant part in the building and reputation of our Geography list. In the years since publication, the authors have had a chance to reflect on their work and the process of publishing.

This book takes a close look at the work of Michel Foucault, featuring contributions by key figures such as David Harvey, Chris Philo, Sara Mills, Nigel Thrift, John Agnew, Thomas Flynn and Matthew Hannah. In the podcast below, recorded in Chicago, at the Swissôtel, the editors of this influential book discuss their experiences and motivations in publishing their work. They also reflect on the impact their research has had, and look to future endeavors.

To hear about the authors’ experiences, you can listen to the podcast here:

For more information about Space, Knowledge and Power, please visit Here, you will find information, reviews, contents, and a chance to look inside the book’s pages.