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WKU geographer elected to journal’s International Board of Editors

At its recent board meeting in London, England, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Transport Geography unanimously elected Dr. David Keeling to its International Board of Editors.

Dr. David Keeling has been elected to the editorial board of the "Journal of Transport Geography."

Dr. Keeling, head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, has worked on transportation-related issues for more than 20 years, particularly in Mexico, Argentina and Colombia.

His recent publications on transport matters include “Connected Places, Interactive Spaces: Transport Infrastructure for a Global Society” in the winter 2010 issue of FOCUS on Geography, “Transportation Geography: Local Challenges, Global Contexts” in the summer 2009 issue of Progress in Human Geography, and  “Latin America’s Transportation Conundrum” in the Fall 2008 issue of the Journal of Latin American Geography.

The internationally renowned Journal of Transport Geography had an impact factor of 1.421 in 2009 and is recognized as one of leading journals in the discipline.

In recent years, research on transportation issues has enjoyed a major resurgence in the wake of political and policy changes, huge transport infrastructure projects, and responses to urban traffic congestion. Understanding the geographic contexts and impacts of transportation practices and policies is more critical today as the world continues to globalize and integrate.

The Journal of Transport Geography provides a central focus for developments in this rapidly expanding sub-discipline. The aim is to bring together contributions from the major strands of current transport geography research, including transport policy practice and analysis, especially the impacts of deregulation, privatization and subsidy control; technological innovation in transport and telecommunications and global and regional economic integration; the growing mobility gap between rich and poor and differential accessibility to jobs and services; sustainable transport, environment and energy; travel, recreation and tourism; and the role and utility of Geographical Information Systems in transport research.

Dr. Keeling has several research projects underway this year, including an examination of Lincolnshire’s freight bypass rail line in the U.K., in partnership with Robbie Doughty, a local rural planner; an analysis of neighborhood accessibility in Medellín, Colombia, with colleagues in sociology and history; and mapping the transportation infrastructure gap in emerging economies.

Contact: David Keeling, (270) 745-4555

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