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Cluster 1 – Call for Papers on “Critical Discourses on Transport and Urban Development”

Transport planning and urban development is often carried out from the perspective of the project promotor and fails to adequately address the needs of differing perspectives. Attitudes to proposed infrastructure projects and urban development are normative in nature, i.e. based on values and beliefs on what is good and desirable. There are many subjectivities involved – and transport planning could seek to understand these more carefully in the decision-making process, perhaps tailoring strategies to reflect and meet differences in viewpoints, and even to reflect diversity more thoroughly. For this workshop, we seek papers that critically engage with these issues, theoretically or through case study analysis, offering ways forward for widening our understanding of the different discourses evident in transport planning. See here for more information.

Deadlines:
Abstract submission: 26 March, 2021; Notification of acceptance: 9 April, 2021; Submission of draft paper: 1 June, 2021; Online workshop: 15 June, 2021

Call for papers “Transport Infrastructures: Investments, Evaluation and Regional Economic Growth”

Cluster 2 and Cluster 1 of NECTAR (Network of European Communications and Transport Activities Research) together with TRELAB (Transport Research Lab, Roma Tre University) are organizing a workshop in Rome (Italy) on the 22 of March 2019. More information can be found on the workshop website. The call for papers can be found here.

Cluster 1 Workshop

There are many reasons to strive to improve the efficiency of transport networks. While economic reasons used to dominate the debate, environmental reasons are gaining importance but not, for now, social reasons although increasingly equity is seen as another dimension of efficiency. Air transport networks are a special and important case to examine network efficiency. Demand for air transport is steadily growing over time, on average over 4-5% per annum and this has been taking place for several decades and is predicted to continue in the near future. This is fuelled by economic growth and is seen as an important contributor to growth, but air transport requires heavy investment and is costly to operate.

Despite unprecedented advances in technology, air transport’s adverse effect on the environment is only growing with communities around airports burdened by noise and air pollution, and air transport increasingly is recognised as a growing contributor to anthropogenic climate change. Although prices of air transport have been declining, with the phenomenon of Low Cost Carriers contributing to this trend in recent years, much of the world’s population cannot afford to fly and have yet to board a plane. In whatever way efficiency is defined, air transport can and should be more efficient. Air transport is not unique in this respect and lessons to improve the efficiency of air transport networks can be relevant to the rest of the transport system, as much as other transport networks (road and rail for example) can serve as an example for air transport.

Find the complete call for papers here.

Call for papers Cluster 1

Enhancing the network efficiency: air transport and sustainability

NECTAR Cluster 1 workshop 7-8 May 2015, Cranfield, United Kingdom

There are many reasons to strive to improve the efficiency of transport networks. While economic reasons used to dominate the debate, environmental reasons are gaining importance but not, for now, social reasons although increasingly equity is seen as another dimension of efficiency. Air transport networks are a special and important case to examine network efficiency. Demand for air transport is steadily growing over time, on average over 4-5% per annum and this has been taking place for several decades and is predicted to continue in the near future. This is fuelled by economic growth and is seen as an important contributor to growth, but air transport requires heavy investment and is costly to operate. (more…)