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The 3rd NECTAR PhD award will consider PhD theses written in English which have been or will be defended between June 2017 and May 2019. We will also consider submissions consisting of sets of journal papers which are to be included in a future thesis, and which are representative for its quality. PhD thesis work can be submitted only by a supervisor who should be a NECTAR member (i.e. 2018 and 2019 membership is paid).

PhD supervisors who wish to submit their PhD thesis work for consideration should send (a) an electronic copy of the summary of the thesis and (b) the PhD thesis (or collection of papers) in PDF format before January 31, 2019 to the NECTAR secretariat (Ana Condeço-Melhorado) at nectar.secretariat@gmail.com

See here for more information.

Research assistant fellowship in Lisbon

We would like to inform you about a 18 month research assistant fellowship in Lisbon funded by the Portuguese Research Foundation for the research project: Transport Infrastructure and Urban Spatial Structure: Economic, Social and Environmental Effects. Candidates must hold a master’s degree in civil engineering, transport planning, geography and spatial planning or similar fields. They should have experience in GIS modelling and accessibility analysis. For full details see here or the following link:
The closing date for applications is 15/11/2018 Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for a FCT PhD fellowship during the duration of the contract.

Special issue: “Big Data: A New Opportunity for Transport Geography?”

This Special Issue published by the Journal of Transport Geography and edited by Emmanouil Tranos and Elizabeth Mack aims to critically assess and demonstrate how new sources of big data and the related methodological developments have influenced transport geography research. Specifically, the special issue demonstrates the value of such data sources by presenting a collection of cutting edge geographical empirical studies, which take advantage of the ‘three Vs’ that characterize these data (variety, volume, and velocity). In these pieces, a variety of data sources are utilized, which range from train timetables and flows to bike sharing data, to Tweets and to data about individual mobility trajectories from wearable global positioning system (GPS) devices. Transport geography has always been a cross-disciplinary community, but it seems that the availability of new sources of big data has drastically enhanced this characteristic of the field. The special issue can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.003

This special issue is the output of an international workshop, which was co-organized by the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and NECTAR Cluster 8 in March 2016 in Seville, Spain. The success of the event, in terms of the large number of participants (around 40 presentations), and also the cross-disciplinary nature of the participants, which included engineers, transportation geographers, urban planners, physicists and cultures geographers initiated this special issue.


Workshops on “Impacts of new mobility services from the viewpoint of Local Communities and Regions”

WCTR-Society’s Special Interest Group G2 “National and Regional Transport Planning and Policy” is organizing intermediate workshops “Impacts of new mobility services from the viewpoint of Local Communities and Regions” in this autumn. We would like to share the invitation to these upcoming mid-term events in Vienna (24-25 September 2018) and Beijing (13 October 2018).

The Vienna Workshop is organized as a stand-alone event at Vienna University of Technology. Invitation with details are available at: https://web2.bilab.tuwien.ac.at/fileadmin/mediapool-verkehrsplanung/Diverse/Links/Invitation_WCTR_SIG_G2_mid-term_event.pdf

The Beijing Workshop is organized as a part of TSTE2018 conference. Registration is now open. Further information is available at: http://tste.bjtu.edu.cn/

PhD position at the U of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)

The Ph.D. Program Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria under the BioMedAqua project is looking for one Early Stage Researcher (ESR7). Full details are in the enclosed document. The research topic concerns the economic value loss of fish anomalies. Choice modeling will be applied as the main method. The application deadline is 30 August 2018.


Themed volume on “Aging and Mobility” in the journal “Research in Transportation Business and Management”

Population aging is a social phenomenon which is affecting different sectors in life including transport. As a result, the body of literature dealing with the mobility of older people and its determinants is developing. On the one hand, older people are remaining much more active and mobile being healthier, licensed to drive, more educated and working longer. On the other hand, the highest increase in the older population is within the older-old segment due to the “aging of aging”. The benefits of mobility in later life and active aging have been widely documented and evidenced. However older people are usually considered as one of the transport disadvantaged groups. More knowledge is needed on the management of transport systems so as to cater for and adapt to the needs of aging societies. This themed volume focuses specifically on managing mobility and transport systems so as to improve the quality of life of older people whilst simultaneously working towards sustainable mobility.

This themed volume welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that address the management of mobility in later life. Invited topics should be related, but not limited to:

  • Evaluation of different transport infrastructures and their impact on older people as drivers, pedestrians, cyclist or public transport users;
  • The effects of neighbourhood designs and built environment on the quality of life and mobility of older people (e.g. age in place concepts).
  • Assessment of “new” transport services that can improve the mobility of older people;
  • Novel methods that identify and manage the mobility needs and perceptions of older people that have a higher risk of transport deficiency;
  • Empirical data from under-researched case studies such as from contexts in the developing world;
  • Analysis and implications of new technologies specifically targeted to improve mobility as people age.

If you are interested in submitting a paper, you are kindly requested to send a 300 word abstract by the 20th August 2018 to deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt and maria.attard@um.edu.mt

Following the review of all the abstracts received we will submit the proposal to the editors for consideration and provide feedback to the authors. We expect the full papers by 19th November 2018 to start the review process. We expect publication of the themed volume before the end of 2019.