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Railways and population: spatial interactions

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  • UserEduard Alvarez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain) and Professor Jordi Marti Henneberg (University of Lleida, Spain)
  • ClockMonday 11 May 2015, 12:30-14:00
  • HouseSeminar Room 5, Faculty of History.

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Note: this seminar will start at 12.30pm. Sandwiches and fruit will be available from 12.15pm.

This work presents case studies that quantify the different impacts that the railway network has had upon population geography since the mid-19th century. The use of HGIS techniques has been a key element in these studies, facilitating both data storage and the development of spatial models. It helped us to obtain a series of qualitative and quantitative indicators that help us to understand the spatial expansion of the railway network. The themes examined here include: the geopolitical role of railways as an instrument for controlling boundary’s stability; the interrelationship between access to railway transport and population growth; the correlation between access to the rail network and the growth of GDP ; the influence of local railway networks in shaping metropolitan areas; and how urban growth has been conditioned by the location of railway stations.

This talk is part of the Quantitative History Seminar series.

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