Professorial Lecture: Empty Buses & Angry Crofters: Transport in Remote, Rural & Island Scotland

David Gray
Event Date: Time:6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Location: The Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU’s Garthdee campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen

A professorial lecture delivered by Professor David Gray, Professor of Transport Research at Robert Gordon University.

Professor Gray is a Board member of the Highlands and Islands Regional Transport Partnership. He was seconded to Scottish Government as an advisor during the preparation of Scotland’s National Transport Strategy, as well as on rural transport to the UK Commission for Integrated Transport.

Professor Gray’s lecture will explore the issue of transport and journey-making in Scotland’s remote, rural and island communities. He will reflect on 20 years of research in the field and will consider issues such as:

  • The relationship between remoteness, accessibility and car dependence
  • Empty buses, austerity and how to get better value for money from rural public transport
  • Whether green transport is a ‘city luxury’ in areas where transport is a carbon intensive ‘lifeline’?

He will conclude the lecture by considering the relationship between transport and changing ways of life in remote and island communities. In particular, he will ponder the impact of high fuel prices and an angry crofter’s prediction that rising pump prices would be “more effective than the Duke of Sutherland in clearing the Highlands”.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments.

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