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Women’s Issues in Transportation 2019:
Call for Abstracts

“Insights, Inclusion, and Impact:
Framing the Future for Women in Transportation”

Deadline: January 30, 2019
 

Submit an Abstract

You are invited to submit a 300-400 word abstract by January 30, 2019, to have your work considered for presentation at the 2019 TRB Women’s Issues in Transportation International Conference.  The 2019 Women's Issues in Transportation International Conference will be held in Irvine, California, from September 10 to 13, 2019 -- ten years after the WIiT 2009 conference also held in Irvine.

Abstracts are welcome on any subject related to women and transportation. However, your submission should specifically explain how the work illuminates one of the three evaluative lenses described below: insight, inclusion, and impacts. In addition to more traditional research, the conference welcomes imaginative, nontraditional analyses and interpretations of issues related to women and transportation, including, for example, photo essays, book reviews, activist statements, film projects, or creative writings.

You will be notified by March 1, 2019, if your submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Accepted submissions may be incorporated in the conference in a variety of formats, including traditional presentations, panel discussions, posters, or pecha kucha sessions. Authors will be asked to indicate their preferred format of presentation at the conference during the abstract submission process, however, conference organizers reserve the right to require an alternative format.

If your work is accepted for presentation, you must submit an extended abstract by May 1, 2019. This extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings. Submission of the extended abstract is a requirement to be included in the final program.

Please see below for complete details about the conference focus and instructions on how to prepare and submit an abstract for both traditional research papers and nontraditional materials.

The Conference Lenses

The conference will be guided by an evaluative framework of three lenses: insights, inclusion, and impact.

Insights: Ten years after Irvine 2009, what have we learned and where do we go from here?

  • Which subjects of research remain relevant; which need to be looked at with new methods; and which are no longer needed at all?
  • What emerging social trends and technologies need study of their impact on women and transportation? Trends include technological developments, as well as shifting economic and political circumstances for women around the globe.
  • What new research methods can be used to better understand key gender distinctions in transportation policies and implementations?

Inclusion:

  • Has emphasis on women’s needs in transportation ignited scholars’ and practitioners’ curiosity to broadly address gender equity?
  • Can we maintain our emphasis on transportation impacts on women and open it more broadly to gender oriented research (e.g. gay/lesbian/transgender? The revised roles with in family structures?)

Impact:

  • If there appears to be unacceptable rate of change based on gender, why is that?
  • In what areas has there been measurable progress and how has this been achieved?
  • In what areas do disparities/differences among women and men continue to demonstrate intractable positions?
    • Are there new areas of research—or ways of presenting research findings- that can “move the needle”- or exact more dramatic change?
    • If information is influence/power, how do we advance data into the hands of decision-makers and compel them to respond to it?
  • How do we position the next generation of researchers and policymakers to do just that?

How to Submit an Abstract
(Deadline: January 30, 2019)

The conference welcomes submissions in two forms: abstracts for traditional papers and abstracts for nontraditional materials.

Guidelines for Abstracts for TRADITIONAL Papers (300-400 words)

  1. Author(s) and contact information (not counted in word limit): Provide title; name, affiliation, and email address for all authors (note: at least one author must register for the conference).
  2. Research question and methods: Present the research question to be answered or other objective of the research. Briefly describe the methods used.
  3. Connection to conference lenses: Briefly describe how your results illuminate one or more of the conference lenses (insight, inclusion, and impact)
  4. Keywords: Provide up to five keywords
  5. Other publications or presentations (not counted in word limit): List all ways you have to date publicly shared this same or similar work (e.g., published works, papers under review, or conference presentations/proceedings).
    Note:  Depending on copyright permissions of the original publisher, TRB may not republish materials in the WIiT 2019 conference proceedings that have been publically shared or previously published.

Guidelines for Abstracts for NONTRADITIONAL Materials (300-400 words)

The conference welcomes imaginative, nontraditional analyses and interpretations of issues related to women and transportation, including photo essays, book reviews, activist statements, film projects, or creative writings.

  1. Author(s) and contact information (not counted in word limit): Provide title; name, affiliation, and email address for all authors (note: at least one author must register for the conference).
  2. Description of the work: Describe the work, including both the subject (content) and the media format. In addition, briefly describe technology and other requirements for sharing the work at the conference (for example, presented as a video or as an art installation).
  3. Sample: If possible, submit a sample of the work that allows the review committee to better understand the nature of the submittal and the requirements for presentation that we may need to consider. For example, you could submit a trailer for a short film, or a photo of an art installation that illustrates its dimensions.
  4. Connection to conference lenses: Briefly describe how your results illuminate one or more of the conference lenses (insight, inclusion, and impact).
  5. Keywords: Provide up to five keywords
  6. Other publications or presentations (not counted in word limit): List all ways you have to date publicly shared this same or similar work (e.g., publications or exhibits).
    Note:  Depending on copyright permissions of the original publisher, TRB may not republish materials in the WIiT 2019 conference proceedings that have been publically shared or previously published.

Abstract Review Criteria

Abstract will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Does the abstract clearly communicate the scope and intent of the work?
  2. Is the connection to the conference lenses clearly communicated?
  3. Is the work likely to be of interest to conference participants?

How to Submit an Extended Abstract for Conference Proceedings 

If you are invited to share at the conference the material in your abstract, then you must submit an extended abstract by May 1, 2019, following the guidelines below. These abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

Guidelines for Traditional Papers

Extended abstracts should contain a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2000 words.

Each extended abstract must contain the following sections:

  1. Title page (not counted in word limit): Provide title; name, affiliation, and email address for all authors, as well as up to 5 keywords.
  2. Introduction: Present the research question to be answered or other objective of the paper, concisely review relevant literature, and explain how the findings can be used to advance practice and/or advance theory.
  3. Methodology: Describe the methodology clearly and in sufficient detail for readers to assess the validity of the data source and analysis methods.
  4. Findings: Summarize and briefly discuss the study findings using  a combination of text and, as relevant, tables or figures.
  5. Conclusion: Discuss (1) how the results illuminate one or more of the conference lenses, (2) key methodological limitations of the study, and (3) theoretical and/or practical implications of the work, including suggestions for future research.
    All conclusions offered should be supported by information in the “Findings” section.
  6. References (not counted in word limit): Use the citation style required for papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.aspx).
  7. Acknowledgments (not counted in word limit)
     

Guidelines for Nontraditional Materials

Your extended abstract of up to 2,000 words should contain the following sections:

  1. Title page (not counted in word limit): Provide title; name, affiliation, and email address for all authors, as well as up to 5 keywords
  2. Description: Describe the work, including both the subject (content) and the media format.
  3. Discussion of how the work illuminates one or more of the conference lenses and the theoretical or practical implications of the work
  4. References, if relevant to the work (not counted in word limit): Use the citation style required for papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting/AnnualMeeting.aspx).
  5. Acknowledgments (not counted in word limit)

    Scholarships

    The conference organizers plan to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to PhD students and Global South scholars who present a paper or other work at the conference. Funding decisions will not be made until February 2019, so please submit an abstract even if you are not certain whether you can attend. 

     Scholarships will be awarded only to attendees who submitted an abstract for the conference.

    Conference Proceedings & Other Conference Products

    Published conference proceedings will include extended abstracts for all the accepted traditional papers and nontraditional works. 

    Nontraditional content may be shared on the conference website or other venues, as feasible and with the original publisher’s permission.

    Inquiries

    If you have any questions about the conference and submission process, please contact Gary Jenkins. If you have any questions regarding the Call for Abstracts, please contact Hilary Nixon.