Transport Geography (NOG32O3)

  • Level of study undergraduate studies
  • Teacher: Ph.D. Ivan Ratkaj
  • Subject status: obligatory
  • ECTS: 4
  • Semester: VI
  • Number of classes: 2+1

To provide knowledge on development, spatial distribution, organization and the function regularities of transport systems. To analyse of modern trends in transportation geography, such as increase in mobility and accessibility with their causes and consequences. To explain the role of transport in the production of space and shaping of the economy at different hierarchical levels. To elaborate interdependence between transport and environment.

Students will be able to understand and explain the role that transport infrastructure, different transport modes and transport strategies have on the organization of space. Students will be able to independently resolve systemic transport geography issues.

Theoretical lectures

(1) Introduction to transport geography: definition and development of transport geography as a scientific and teaching discipline; transport geography research, its relations with other sciences; (2) Historical development of transport: technological innovation and transportation; transport in the pre-industrial period; industrial revolution and transport; the emergence of modern transport systems; transport in the period of Fordism; transport in the post-Fordism period; current trends related to transport efficiency; (3) Spatial organization of transport: transportation networks structure (links and nodes); (4) Transport systems; Interdependency of transportation supply and demand; Passenger and freight transport; (5) Transport mobility and accessibility; (6) Socio-economic aspects of transport: regional economic differentiation and transport; transportation costs; transport and location of economic activities; transport and economic development; (7-8) Transportation modes: land transport; water transport; air transport; telecommunications; contemporary trends - intermodal and multimodal transport; (9) Transport terminals: Transport terminals as an economic complexes; ports; railway terminals; airports; (10-11) Urban transport: transport and spatial-functional structure of the city; problems of urban transport; (12) International transportation and trade; (13-14) Transport and environment: transport and energy consumption; transport and environment pollution; (15) Regional transportation overview: Europe; Asia; Africa; Anglo-America; Latin America; Australia and Oceania.

Practical lectures

Preparation and writing of essay.

Significance and application of quantitative methods in transport geography. Application of gravity models. Modelling of transportation in urban areas. Transport optimization. Application of graph theory. Transportation and socio-economic development.

Grčić, M. (1994). Industrijska geografija, Naučna knjiga, Beograd.

Đurić, V. (1980). Ekonomska geografija, Naučna knjiga, Beograd.

Marić, Đ. (2008). Saobraćajna geografija, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva RS.

Rodrigue, J-P., Comtois, C., Slack, B. (2006). The geography of transport systems, Routledge, New York.

Interest in Faculty of Geography?

Get the brochure in electronic format