NECTAR chair: Karst Geurs
Karst is Full Professor of Transport Planning at the Centre for Transport Studies, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands. His research focuses on accessibility analysis and modeling, land-use and transport interactions, transport policy evaluation and sustainable transport. He has been active in NECTAR since the Arlington conference in 2009 and has been co-chair of cluster 6 since 2010. Karst has over 150 publications, with 25 journal papers listed in Scopus.
He has been active in NECTAR since the Arlington conference in 2009 and has been co-chair of cluster 6 since 2010, which resulted in a book Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning, with Kevin Krizek and Aura Reggiani, published in the Edward Elgar NECTAR series and special issues of journals.
NECTAR vice-chair: Cathy Macharis
Cathy is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and visiting professor at the University of Gothenborg. Her research group MOBI—Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology—is an interdisciplinary group focusing on sustainable logistics, electric and hybrid vehicles and travel behaviour. She has been involved in several regional, national and European research projects dealing with topics such as the location of intermodal terminals, assessment of policy measures in the field of logistics and sustainable mobility, electric and hybrid vehicles, etc. She published several books and wrote more than 100 papers. She is the chairwoman of Brussels Mobility Commission. She started in 1999 the NECTAR cluster on freight transport. The NECTAR cluster animators (currently together with Sandra Melo and Johan Woxenius) have been organising several meetings around Europe, which resulted in a book on city distribution within the NECTAR series, special issues and joint papers.
NECTAR vice-chair: Juan Carlos Martín
Juan Carlos is Full Professor of the Applied Economic Analysis Department at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of transport economics in the areas of urban transport, air transport and its regulation. He is the Director for the Ph.D. Program “Integral Development and Innovation for Tourist Destinations” since the year 2010. In his area of expertise, professor Martín is an active member of the Research Institute (TIDES) “Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development. He is the European Regional Editor of Transportation Journal and the Vice-President of Nectar. He is co-author of 4 books and monographs; guest editor on some special issues of scholarly journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters since 1993 in the field of tourism and transport economics.
NECTAR treasurer: Thomas de Graaff
Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at the Free University Amsterdam. He holds a Master’s degree in business econometrics from the Free University in Amsterdam in 1997 and a Ph.D. in economics from the Department of Spatial Economics at the Free University Amsterdam. His Ph.D. thesis dealt with ethnic cluster forming and endogenous dynamics in international migration patterns. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2001, he continued working at the department of Spatial Economics as a researcher and subsequently as an assistant professor. ). He has been mainly active in NECTAR cluster 4 (commuting, migration and labour market) and have maintained the NECTAR website between 2009 and 2013. Spatial location patterns of households and firms, accessibility regional economic development, spatial econometrics, and migration theory are among his main research interests.
NECTAR secretary: Ana Condeço
Ana has a Ph.D. in geography by the University of Alcalá (Spain). She is assistant professor at the Geography Department of the University Complutense of Madrid. Her main research interests are in the field of transport network analysis, transport planning and urban mobility, accessibility analysis, spillover effects of transport infrastructure and Geographical Information Systems. She has actively participated in NECTAR, especially in Cluster 6, were she participated in the organizing committee of three cluster meetings (Madrid; 9th World RSAI congress in Timisoara; and Seville) and is a co-editor in a NECTAR Series volume (published by Edward Elgar) on Accessibility and Spatial Interaction.
NECTAR web manager: Stefanie Peer
Stefanie is assistant professor for transport economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She has obtained her PhD from the VU University Amsterdam in 2013 with her dissertation entitled “Trip scheduling, travel time variability and traffic information”. Her work in the area of transport economics is both theoretical and empirical. She has been involved in various national and European research projects, mainly covering peak avoidance experiments and sustainable commuting.
She attended the NECTAR Conference in Antwerp in 2011, and was also present at most Kuhmo-NECTAR (now ITEA) conferences over the past years. She followed the Kuhmo-NECTAR summer school in 2008, and gave tutorials there in 2013 and 2014.
NECTAR newsletter: Sandra Melo
Sandra has a PhD in Civil Enginner by the University of Porto – Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal), investigating the influence of the power of the local context on the performance of last mile ‘best practices’ towards a more sustainable mobility, considering public and private (freight and passenger) transport. Her current research focuses on urban logistics, sustainable freight transport, transport policy evaluation and transport behaviour decision-making. She is currently Post-doc researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa and Senior Member of the Portuguese Civil Engineers Chamber. She has actively participated in NECTAR, especially in Cluster 3, were she participated in the organizing committee of cluster meetings and is a co-editor in two NECTAR Series volume on City Distribution And Urban Freight Transport( published by Edward Elgar) and on Sustainable Logistics (published by Emerald).