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IGU2022 Paris – Call for Abstracts:  “Legacy and impact of municipality investments and policies during COVID-19 in transport and their role in the recovery”

As the world returns to “the new normal,” following the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of municipalities made decisions in terms of prioritizing funding when tax revenues were reduced. Some municipalities favoured transit, cycling or walkable development. Others developed better parking strategies. Still others utilized a mix of transit and dense, brownfield or smart infill development to drive growth in intensive street use, even as extensive street use declined due to stay-at-home orders or similar restrictions. Localities are now considering whether to extend “temporary” measures such as limiting motor vehicle access on streets in favour of more pedestrian and cycling use or revert back to pre-COVID use patterns.
The session, which is part of the International Geographical Union, Paris, 18-22 July 2022, seeks locally-derived and led solutions or policies that impact a municipal area, including, but not limited to: changes in modal choices supported by policy or budget, COVID-19 mitigation strategies as reflected in transportation geography, the mitigation of impacts of lessened ridership or declining funds to transit, or changes in investment strategies for transportation and their geographic impacts.

Sponsored by the IGU Transport and Geography Commission.
Session Organisers: Richard D. Quodomine, City of Philadelphia, Maria Attard, University of Malta, Andy Goetz, University of Denver

Send a 200 word abstract and up to 5 keywords a to the session organizers by 9 July 2021.

Further information: If you have any questions or wish to see the full Call for Paper topics, please contact Richard.Quodomine@phila.gov; maria.attard@um.edu.mt or agoetz@du.edu

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 MSCA fellowships. They 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 (jcgarcia@ghis.ucm.es) and Javier Gutiérrez (javiergutierrez@ghis.ucm.es) for any questions you might have.

Conference of the Italian Society of Transport Economics and Logistics (SIET)

The XXIII Conference of the Italian Society of Transport Economics and Logistics (SIET) (www.sietitalia.org) will be held online on September 30th – October 1st 2021.The title of the Conference is “Resilience, Innovation and Behaviour Change in Transport”. The deadline for submitting an abstract is April, 30th, 2021. For more information please visit http://www.trelab.it/siet2021/.

Cluster 3: Workshop on “Intermodality and synchromodality in the European Modular System”

The European Modular System (EMS) is a concept applied in road transport allowing combinations of existing load units (modules) to be used in longer and sometimes heavier vehicle assemblies on certain roads. EMS improves the efficiency of road transport thus reducing its environmental impact. After long negotiations, the EU has reached a compromise allowing the use of longer and heavier vehicles throughout the European network on the condition of using existing standardized EU modules: the so-called EMS. Papers issues related to the EMS, through an evaluation of the coming changes and comparison of different systems, are welcome for presentation. For more details, see here.

Deadlines:
Submissions of abstracts: 8/3/2021; Notification of acceptance: 12/4/2021; Submission full paper: 28/5/2021; Online cluster meeting on the 3rd and 4th of June 2021.

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

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.