Special Issue "Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Henrikki Tenkanen
Guest Editor
University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: GIScience; transport geography; accessibility modelling; mobility analytics; social media; big data; networks; machine learning
Dr. Rafael H. M. Pereira
Guest Editor
Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Brazil
Interests: transport justice; transport accessibility; spatial data science; transport policy
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elsa Arcaute
Guest Editor
University College London, UK
Interests: Complex systems; networks; percolation; urban science
Dr. Marta C. Gonzalez
Guest Editor
UC Berkeley, USA
Interests: human mobility; urban science; network science; complex systems; statistical physics; city & regional planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Transportation networks have for long attracted interest from the scientific community, as the ability to move across space and reach activities and opportunities is a cornerstone of the functioning of cities, regions, and markets. In the era of big data and increased modelling capabilities, studies of spatial and transport networks have expanded rapidly across disciplinary boundaries. Geographers, engineers, physicists, planners, social scientists, data scientists, and others are increasingly interested in investigating the characteristics and dynamics of transport systems, how they are used, and the implications of using a given transport mode on individuals, societies, and the environment. A common denominator between these disciplinary fields is the joined interest in graphs, complex networks, and spatial network analysis.

Societies are facing many complex challenges such as climate change and growing urban and social inequalities in which transportation plays a key role. Tackling these challenges requires crossing disciplinary boundaries and developing new measures and methods that bring new insights to the structure and dynamics of transportation networks on multiple levels (from the individual to system levels). Time and distance have been the most common metrics used for assessing connectivity and performance of transport networks. Much less work, however, has focused on assessing the costs of travel or the performance of the whole system, from the perspectives of (1) environment, (2) what individuals are exposed to, or (3) what they experience during travel.

This Special Issue is dedicated to papers focusing on recent advances in the development of new measures and methodologies to evaluate and analyze the performance of transportation networks. These measures might include, but are not limited to, environmental costs or exposures (e.g., CO2 , noise, pollution); monetary costs (the price of access), complexity, and resilience of multimodal transportation networks; or focus on qualitative aspects of travel, where travel might be seen as a gain instead of cost (such as exposure to aesthetic or green environments). Methodologically, we welcome works using novel ways to measure transport network connectivity, performance, and accessibility, including recent advances in machine learning and AI. Special attention will be paid to papers studying transport-related questions with interdisciplinary approaches.

Dr. Henrikki Tenkanen
Dr. Rafael H. M. Pereira
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elsa Arcaute
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marta C. Gonzalez
Guest Editors

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  • transport geography
  • complexity science
  • network analysis
  • accessibility
  • mobility
  • performance indicators
  • big data
  • transport networks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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