Seminar Series

Researching everyday access across different spatial scales


Jon Shaw


University of Plymouth

Time & Place

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:00:00 NZDT in Cancelled


Providing people easy access to jobs, services, leisure and other opportunities is one of the most important roles of transport policy. Policy makers consider a range of issues, not just in relation to the availability of transport modes, but also in relation to the places people move through and ultimately want to get to. Using data from different studies undertaken at completely different spatial scales, I will look at accessibility issues faced by older people, joggers and people of restricted mobility. The lessons we take from these studies show the importance of a genuinely integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, recognising the extent to which transport and mobility concerns are at the heart of any proper considerations of quality of life for everyone.


Jon Shaw is a Professor at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Plymouth in England. He teaches classes and conducts research in his specialist field of transport, travel and mobility. This research ultimately ends up being published as books, academic journal articles and policy and / or consultancy reports. His latest book, Transport Matters, was published by Policy Press in October 2019. Jon holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography, a PG Dip in Social Science Research and a PhD in Human Geography. He is currently a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury.