Professor Jon Shaw
Associate Head of School
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am Associate Head (Geography) of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. In essence, this means I'm responsible for running the Geography subject area, seeking to make sure we do what we're supposed to do to the very best of our ability.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Geography, a PG Dip in Social Science Research and a PhD in Human Geography.
My academic career has come full circle: I started out in Plymouth as an undergraduate in 1992, before spells in the United States and Scotland (and shorter stays in Australia and Germany). I moved north to become a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Aberdeen, and stayed in the Granite City for seven years. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and served as the Head of Geography & Environment in 2005 and 2006. I returned to Plymouth in 2006 to take up a Readership in Human Geography and was promoted to Professor in 2008.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
In my career I have taught numerous aspects of human geography. Because my PhD focused on transport and travel issues, I have always been involved in teaching Transport Geography modules, but my time at the University of Idaho in the 1990s gave me a lifelong love of the American West. Over the years I've written classroom-based modules on the USA and set up a field trip to the Pacific North West which in 2014 will be running for the 11th time. I also teach political geography and research philosophy and methods.
At the moment I teach on four undergraduate modules (I'm taking a temporary break from postgraduate teaching):
GGH101 Introducing Human Geography
GGX303 Advanced Fieldwork in Geography: The Changing American West
GGH305 Transport Geographies
My research mainly focuses upon the geographical implications of mobility / accessibility, and issues to do with transport and governance. Together with colleagues at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, I'm currently finishing off a project on Transport Needs in an Ageing Society - the so-called 'TRACY' project (all European Union-funded projects have increasingly jaunty and progressively tangential acronyms).
Grants & contracts
Grant awards in the current Research Evaluation Framework (the UK government's mechanism for evaluating the quality of British-based academics' research work) period are:
Shaw, J and South West Smart Applications Ltd (2010) £1.85m from the South West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Capital Fund for the project, Introduction of ITSO smart ticketing into strategically significant cities and towns in south west England.
Shaw, J and the South West Smartcard Forum (2009) £40,000 from the South West Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Enterprise Fund for the project Delivery framework for the introduction of a shared, regional, open access Smartcard Back Office System.
Shaw, J and the South West Smartcard Forum (2009) £20,000 from the South West Regional Development Agency for the project Southwest regional smartcard development project.
Docherty, I; Shaw, J; Preston J and others (2008) £73,800 from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for the project High speed ground transport – Glasgow-Edinburgh corridor.Shaw, J; Gray, D and Yarwood, R (2008) £5,430 from the Commission for Rural Communities for the project Transport futures: the potential impacts of road pricing on rural areas.
Shaw, J; Charlton, C and Burningham, R (2008) £55,200 from Great Western Research, Looe Valley Railway Company and First Great Western for the PhD studentship A critical evaluation of community rail policy and practice.
Shaw, J and Docherty, I (2014) The transport debate. The Policy Press, Bristol. 240pp.
Rodrigue, J-P; Notteboom, T and Shaw, J (2013) (eds) The Sage handbook of transport studies. Sage, London. 464pp.
MacKinnon, D; Shaw, J and Docherty, I (2008) Diverging mobilities? Devolution, transport and policy innovation. Elsevier Science, Oxford, 243pp.Docherty, I and Shaw, J (eds) (2008) Traffic jam: 10 years of ‘sustainable’ transport in the UK. The Policy Press, Bristol. 250pp.
Knowles, R; Shaw, J and Docherty, I (eds) (2008) Transport geographies: mobilities, flows and spaces. Blackwell, Oxford, 293pp.
Academic journal articles
Cook, S; Shaw, Jand Simpson, P (2015) Jography: exploring meanings, experiences andspatialities of road running. Mobilities,available online.
Shaw, J and Sidaway, J (2011) Making links: on (re)engaging with transport and transport geography. Progress in Human Geography. 35 (4) 502–520.
Docherty, I and Shaw, J (2011) The transformation of transport policy in Great Britain? The New Realism and New Labour's decade of displacement activity. Environment and Planning A 43 (2) 224-251.
Yarwood, R and Shaw, J (2010) ‘N-Gauging’ geographies: indoor leisure, model railways and craft consumption. Area 42 (4) 425-433.
MacKinnon, D and Shaw, J (2010) New state spaces, agency and scale: devolution and regionalisation of transport governance in Scotland. Antipode 42 (5) 1226-1252.
Shaw, J and Hesse, M (2010) Transport, geography and mobilities. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35 (3) 305-312.
MacKinnon D, Shaw, J and Docherty, I (2010) Devolution as process: institutional structures, state personnel and transport policy in the United Kingdom. Space and Polity 14 (3) 271-287.
Cumbers, A; MacKinnon, D and Shaw, J (2010) Labour, organisational rescaling and the politics of production: union renewal in the privatised rail industry. Work, Employment and Society 24 (1) pp. 127-144.
Shaw, J; MacKinnon, D and Docherty, I (2009) Policy convergence or divergence? Devolution and transport in the United Kingdom. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27 (3) 546-567.
Docherty, I; Shaw, J; Knowles, R and MacKinnon, D (2009) Connecting for Competitiveness: the future of transport in UK city regions. Public Money and Management 29 (5) pp. 321-328.
Bristow, G; Farrington, J; Shaw, J and Richardson, T (2009) Developing an integrated appraisal methodology: the Accessibility Policy Assessment Tool. Environment and Planning A 41 (1) pp. 48-62.
Graham, B and Shaw, J (2008) Economy versus the environment? Low cost carriers and sustainable transport. Geoforum 39 (3) 1439-1451.
Chapters and other papers
Shaw, J and Docherty, I (2013) Geography and Transport. In Adey, P; Bissell, D; Hannam, K; Merriman, P and Sheller, M (eds) The Routledge handbook of mobilities. Sage, London, 25-35.
Docherty, I and Shaw, J (2011) The governance of transport. In Kemp, R; Lyons, G; Dudley, G and Geels, F (eds) Automobility in Transition? A socio-technical analysis of sustainable transport. Routledge, Abdingdon. In press.
Docherty, I and Shaw, J (2011) Transport in a sustainable urban future. In Flint, J and Raco, M (eds) Sustaining success: the new politics of sustainable urban planning. The Policy Press, Bristol. In press.
Letherby, G and Shaw, J (2009) Dear diary: auto/biography, respect and mobility. In Vaninni, P (ed) Routes less travelled: the cultures of alternative mobilities. Ashgate, Aldershot, 111-126.
Shaw, J and Docherty, I (2009) Railways. In Thrift, N and Kitchin, R (eds) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Elsevier Science, Oxford, vol. 9, 91-99.
Shaw, J; Knowles, R and Docherty, I (2008) Transport governance and ownership. In Knowles, R; Shaw, J and Docherty, I (eds) Transport geographies: mobilities, flows and spaces. Blackwell, Oxford, 62-79.
Reports & invited lectures
Some recent reports are:
Shaw, J and Stokes, G (2010) Rural transport in 2030: scenarios and implications for transport policy. Commission for Rural Communities, Cheltenham. In press.
Selby, D, Shaw , J et al. (2009) Moving forward: from travel plan to transport policy. Centre for Sustainable Futures Occasional Paper 2. CSF, Plymouth, 62pp.
Shaw, J; Gray, D and Yarwood, R (2008) Transport futures: the potential impacts of road pricing on rural areas. Commission for Rural Communities, Cheltenham, 18pp.
Docherty, I; Shaw, J; Knowles, R and MacKinnon, D (2008) Connecting for competitiveness: the role of transport in the UK’s city regions. Grant Thornton, London, 28pp.
And some invited lectures I have put people through:
Shaw, J (2013) Do as I say, not as I do: writing about sustainable transport with a silver Executive Club card. Presented at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, 11 November.
Shaw, J (2009) Devolution, transport and policy innovation. Presented at the IPPR conference, Devolution in a Downturn: Divergent approaches to sustainable economic prosperity? Belfast, UK, 22 June.
Shaw, J (2009) Die Privatisierungspolitik der britische Eisenbahn (The politics of British railway privatisation). Presented to the Deutsche Verkehrswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (German Society of Transport Science) at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany, 29 January.
Shaw, J (2008) Sustainable transport policy and carbon reduction targets in the UK. Presented at the International Symposium on Sustainable Transport Systems, Seoul, Korea, 9 July.
Other academic activities
I was the Associate Editor (UK & Ireland) of the Journal of Transport Geography (2004-2011), and was the Chair (2001-2005) and the Secretary (2005-2009) of the Transport Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
I acted as the Specialist Adviser to the Transport Select Committee of the House of Commons for its inquiry into the major road network, and I am a member of the First Great Western Advisory Board.
I was also the joint winner (with Iain Docherty) of the 2006 Scottish Transport Award in the category of Young Transport Professional / Researcher.
I have acted as a referee for the ESRC, the British Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Union and for all major geography and transport journals.