Cluster 2: Policy and Environment

Cluster 2 co-chairs: 

attardMaria Attard is a geographer by training, and has been the Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development since 2009. She has published extensively in the area of sustainable mobility. She completed her PhD at UCL and then worked as a consultant to Government on transport between 2002-2009, implementing a number of national projects in Malta. She now coordinates the transport research group within the Institute and is particularly interested in research on transport modes, mobility behavior and patterns, policy, parking and road pricing, and transport and climate change. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts and services and collaborates with various Faculties and Institutes within the University of Malta. Website:

marcucciEdoardo Marcucci is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Political Science, Roma Tre University, currently chairing the courses of Transport Economics and Development Economics. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of transportation. He has focused his research on choice modelling techniques, urban freight transport, local public transport quality performance, road pricing and acceptability issues. He has been involved in several international projects (e.g. City Lab H2020; Straightsol 7FP; Volvo research foundation). He has served as Secretary-General of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) and the Italian Society of Transport Economists (SIET). He is member of: the Doctoral School in Political Science at Roma Tre University, the Doctoral School in Integrated sciences for environmental sustainability at the University of Trieste and the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR). Since 2009 he is the director of the Centre for Research on Economics and Institutions (CREI) of the Roma Tre University. He is co-author of 19 edited books and monographs; guest editor of several special issues of scholarly journals. Since 1997 he has authored and co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of transport economics. Website:

Wafa Elias is a senior lecturer and the Head of Civil Engineering Department, SCE- Shamoon College of Engineering, and lecturer at the Transportation Research Institute, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Wafa Elias received her Ph.D. from the Technion, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and since then has been involved in a lot of studies that deal with travel behavior, road safety and Sustainability and Security in Transport. Her research studies include factors that impact travel behavior and road safety among the Israeli Arab minority. In most of her studies, women issues play an important role in changes shown in behavioral patterns of children and drivers. She has published extensively in the area of travel behaviour and road safety. Website:

deb niemeierDebbie Niemeier is the Clark Distinguished Chair Professor Director at the Center for Disaster Resilience, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, United States. Her research interests span transportation-air quality modeling, energy consumption and land use interactions, sustainability and the project development process for major infrastructure projects. Working with an interdisciplinary research group of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty collaborators, she has published more than 110 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Niemeier’s other activities include teaching and outreach. Dr. Niemeier will be working on organizing NECTAR special sessions at various conferences, exploring the intersection of affordable housing, policy and the environment or the linkages between travel demand models and air quality models. Website:

Cluster activities 

  • 1st Summer School, Selected Topics in the Economics of Transportation, and 3rd International Conference Pricing, Financing, and Investment in Transport, Tuusula, Finland, 11-14 July 2006.
  • 2nd Summer School, Urban Transport: Networks and Spatial Interactions, Urbino, Italy, 9-11 July 2007 and 4th International Conference, Pricing, Financing, Regulating Transport Infrastructures and Services, Urbino, Italy, 12-13 July 2007.
  • Cluster 2 meeting on “Transition toward sustainable mobility”, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nectar Cluster 2, Workshop “Quality, Regulation and Environmental Sustainability in Public Transport” Roma, Political Sciences Faculty, University of Roma Tre, 22-23 October, 2010. Chair local organising committee.
  • Nectar Cluster 2, Conference “Urban and Regional Transport: Regulation, Sustainability, E-Modelling” Dresden, 10-11 February 2012. Chair local organising committee, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute for transport & economics.
  • 2014 Joint Cluster 2 and Cluster 7 Meeting on “Evolving Perspectives on Sustainability and Security In Transport”, Beer Sheva, Israel, 30 April-1 May 2014
  • Cluster 2: Thematic Session “The Environmental, Planning and Policy Implications of Advanced Technologies” 12th International NECTAR Conference, Ann Arbor, USA, 14-16 June 2015
  • 2016 Joint Cluster 2 and Cluster 3 Meeting on “The role of planning towards sustainable urban mobility” in Brno, Czech Republic, 17-18 May 2016 (output: ETRR special issue:
  • Cluster 2 Cluster Thematic session “Sustainable Transport Policy”, 13th NECTAR international conference, May 31-June 2 2017, Madrid.
  • 2017 Joint Cluster 2 and Cluster 6 Meeting  on “Smart Cities – Governing Accessibility, Air Pollution and Equity” at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, August 24-25, 2017
  • 2018 Cluster 2 Workshop on “Cluster 2 Workshop: E-groceries, digitalization and sustainability: Which governance, planning and regulation mix do our cities need?”, Molde, Norway, 11-12 October, 2018
  • Cluster 2: Cluster Thematic session ‘Planning the future of transport for sustainable, open and happy cities’. 14th NECTAR international conference, June 5-7, 2019, University of Helsinki
  • 2020 Joint Cluster Meeting with Cluster 7 on “Social and Health Implications of Active Travel Policies”, Venice, 26-27 March, 2020

See the publication page for publications organised by the cluster.