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New book: “Transport in human scale cities – call for a change in thinking”

The latest book “Transport in Human Scale Cities” in the NECTAR Series has been published by Edward Elgar and is available as open access! The book originates from the NECTAR conference in Helsinki in 2019.

The book calls for a paradigm shift in urban transport, which remains one of the critically uncertain aspects of the sustainability transformation of our societies. It argues that the potential of human scale thinking needs to be recognised, both in understanding people on the move in the city and within various organisations responsible for cities.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach with a focus on the human scale, expert contributors offer lessons for responsible innovation
practices to advance the human scale urban mobility technologies. Chapters also offer new insights into the development of urban and transport planning processes, considering new data, methods and approaches. Drawing on specific examples, the book presents a critical analysis of key topics, including the relationship between transport and wellbeing, the relationship between accessibility and income, the mobility of the elderly and various transport planning and policy questions.

The book is edited by dr. Miloš Mladenović (Aalto University), professor Tuuli Toivonen (University of Helsinki), Elias Willberg (University of Helsinki) and professor Karst Geurs (University of Twente). The book is dedicated to the memory of dr. Moshe Givoni, lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, whose ambition was to continuously promote research and better policy making to transform our urban mobility systems.

The open access book is available for download at: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800370517

Call for Papers on the Special Issue in Transportation Research Part A: Integration of passenger and freight transport

Background
According to the “Green Paper on Urban Mobility”, a strong inter-modal and inter-sectorial passenger and freight integration could improve the overall efficiency of transport. The operational organization of an integrated passenger/freight system may contribute to this single logistics system. The idea of bridging freight and passenger transport is not new, since first academic discussions date back to more than a decade ago. Nowadays, this scheme is partially adopted for specific transport solutions, such as air, ferry and long-distance rail transport. However, it is less common in urban rail and road transport, as well as in non-urban areas. In these contexts, several technical and policy-related issues make this integration difficult and its application in real cases limited.

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TRAIL International PhD Autumn School

The TRAIL research school in the Netherlands organizes an international autumn school on ‘Cycling in Cities’ 26-28 October 2021 in Delft, the Netherlands. It is offered to all PhD students who are involved in research on the social, spatial, mobility and policy aspects of cycling. It does not matter whether you are about to start or whether you are well on the way!

TRAIL is a Dutch research school which aims to provide high quality training and education for PhD students in the area of Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics. The school is supported by six universities.

Contact
Course manager: Dr. Kees Maat
Lecturers: including Prof. Henk Meurs, Prof. Bert van Wee, Dr. Jan Anne Annnema, Dr. Danique Ton, Dr. Maarten Kroesen, Dr. Paul Schepers

Find out more and apply

 

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/.