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PhD Opportunities in Transport and Land Use and Public and Active Transport Planning, Operations and Equity at McGill University

The Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) research laboratory at McGill University’s School of Urban Planning invites expressions of interest in pursuing doctoral research on a range of transport and land use-related topics beginning in Fall 2021.

Transport represents the vital link between people and the opportunities and activities that shape everything from individual financial, physical and social wellbeing to collective climate action, environmental sustainability and economic development. Selected PhD students will work under the direction of Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy as members of the TRAM research group, which brings together faculty, practitioners and students to conduct practice and policy-ready research on the complex and evolving intersection between transport and land-use systems. For more information about the TRAM research group please visit https://tram.mcgill.ca/ . Students will be expected to work on multiple federally supported research projects in one or more of the following areas: transport and land use; travel behaviour; public and active transport planning, operations and equity; and measuring the impacts of major infrastructure projects.

Three years of funding is available based on merits. Qualified students may also be eligible for additional fellowships or awards.

Successful candidates must demonstrate an interest and grounding in transport with a master’s degree or higher in planning or a related field. Knowledge and experience in public health is also a plus. Robust experience with statistical and geospatial analysis and excellent English writing and oral-communication skills are essential. At least a working knowledge of French is also desirable.

Interested candidates should send a preliminary e-mail to Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy at ahmed.elgeneidy@mcgill.ca no later than Dec. 30, 2020, with a brief description of their interest and qualifications. The e-mail should include a CV, names of two references, and an unofficial transcript of all previous coursework. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by Zoom in January. Prospective students must submit their final application through McGill’s online system January 15, 2021, for a position beginning September 2021.

Postdoc researchers – Complutense University of Madrid

The Group of Transport, Infrastructure and Territory (tGIS) – Complutense University of Madrid is supporting postdoctoral researchers that would like to apply for UNA4CARREER fellowships. We welcome topics that explore the opportunities that new data sources offer to analyze and understand different urban and territorial dynamics (more details here).
The duration of the fellowships will be 1 year, extendable annually, up to a maximum of 3 years. The Total Employment Cost is 46.032 euros per year (monthly unit cost of 3,836 euros). You are welcome to contact Prof. Juan Carlos García Palomares (at jcgarcia@ghis.ucm.es) and Javier Gutiérrez (javiergutierrez@ghis.ucm.es) for any questions you might have.

NECTAR Special Session in North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International RSAI 2020

As part of the Annual Meetings of 2020 North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) in San Diego, CA from November 11 to 14, 2020, we would like to invite you to special session(s) for “Tourism and Regional Science in the Era of Global Uncertainty” that Nectar clusters 5 and 6 are organizing jointly with the NARSC and RSAI. The Call for Papers can be found here.

Special issue “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises”

The papers that make up this special issue on “Mobility, housing and labour markets in times of economic crises” published in “Regional studies” originate from a NECTAR1 Cluster 4 meeting (devoted to travel, migration, housing and labour market issues) held in Toledo, Spain, in October 2016. These empirically based contributions cover various different European studies for different regional contexts. The special issue can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00343404.2020.1711879

Nectar workshops reschedule

The Corona crisis is also affecting the organization of NECTAR workshops.

The NECTAR cluster workshop “Social and Health Implications of Active Travel Policies”, hosted by University of Venice, Italy, originally planned for 26-27 March, has already been rescheduled to October 15-16, 2020.

NECTAR Cluster 3 workshop on “Intermodality and synchromodality in the European Modular System”, organized by University of Zaragoza and planned for June 4-5, will be postponed to fall 2020. A new date will be announced soon.

NECTAR Cluster 5 workshop “Policies and Strategies in Sustainable Tourism”, hosted by BBW University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, planned for 18th & 19th of June, will be postponed too. A new date will be announced soon.

Special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis”

A special issue ”Advances in Spatial and Transport Network Analysis” in MDPI International Journal of Geo-Information is being edited by Henrikki Tenkanen (UCL), Elsa Arcaute (CASA), Rafael Pereira (Ipea, Brazil) and Marta Gonzalez (UC Berkley). The deadline for papers is 31st December 2020. The call (see here) is dedicated to advances related to accessibility / spatial network analysis that deal with issues such as climate change and sustainability.

Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management.

Silvio Nocera (Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy) and Maria Attard (University of Malta, Malta) are launching a Call for Papers for the Special Issue: Active Travel and Mobility Management. This is linked to the NECTAR Joint Meeting of Cluster 2: Policy and Environment and Cluster 7: Social and Health Issues, to be held in Venice, Italy, 26-27 March 2020. However, Guests Editors welcome papers not necessarily presented at the Meeting.