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Seminar – UC’s 2000th Erskine Fellow Prof Jon Shaw – ‘Researching everyday access across different spatial scales’

Professor Jon Shaw is presenting a seminar on Monday 23 March at 12noon at UC in room ER263 (aka Learning Space), 2nd floor Ernest Rutherford building.


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.


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.


Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency? Here’s your chance to find out!

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks. The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study, contact Tane for more information and to sign up, email tane.clement@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

 The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper (nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz) and Keith Alexander (keith.alexander@canterbury.ac.nz). Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.