Cluster 6: Accessibility

Cluster 6 Co-Chairs:

s200_juan_carlos.mart_nJuan Carlos Martín is Full Professor of the Applied Economic Analysis Department at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of transport economics in the areas of urban transport, air transport and its regulation. He is the Director for the Ph.D. Program “Integral Development and Innovation for Tourist Destinations” since the year 2010. In his area of expertise, professor Martín is an active member of the Research Institute (TIDES) “Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development.  He is the European Regional Editor of Transportation Journal and the Vice-President of Nectar. He is co-author of 4 books and monographs; guest editor on some special issues of scholarly journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters since 1993 in the field of tourism and transport economics. Website:

IMG_1376Aura Reggiani is Full Professor of Economic Policy and currently chairing the courses of Transport Economics, Economic Policy, and Methods for Economic Analysis at the University of Bologna (Italy), Department of Economics. She is a specialist in spatial and transport economics and modelling, with particular reference to the study of transport network evolution, complexity and resilience, from both the theoretical and empirical viewpoint. She has been Chair of NECTAR (2008–2013). She is an elected RSAI-Fellow (first Italian Fellow and European female; 2010), Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) at the Royal Dutch Academy (since 1991), Member (2010–12) and Chair (2012–13) of the ERC (European Research Council) Panel on ‘Environment and Society’. She is currently on the editorial boards of eight internationally recognized journals. Aura Reggiani has a long list of international publications in her field of expertise: she published 22 books and about 150 articles. She is Series Editor of the “NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research” (Edward Elgar, UK-USA). Website:

Ahmed El-Geneidy is a Professor at the School of Urban Planning, McGill University. He is currently serving on the board of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), the regional authority coordinating planning and financing of public transport planning for the Montreal metropolitan region. He is also the elected chair of the World Society on Land use and Transport Research (WSTLUR). He is the group leader of the Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) group. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Transport and Land use (JTLU) and he is serving on the editorial board of several transport Journals. Ahmed’s research interests include land use and transportation planning, transit operations and planning, travel behavior analysis concentrating on the use of motorized and non-motorized modes of transportation, and measurements of accessibility and mobility in urban contexts. Ahmed has a special interest in measuring and understanding the transportation needs of the disadvantaged populations. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Architectural Engineering at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and continued his academic work at Nohad A. Toulan Scool of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, USA, where he received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies. Website: Benjamin Büttner is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He received his PhD in engineering after having completed a German Diploma in geography. He currently works in the fields of accessibility planning and decision and policy making. Urban and transport planning, as well as governance, are the foci of his professional skills. He led multiple research projects ranging from regional to European level. He is an active reviewer for multiple high profile research journals, a regular participant in governance discussions (INZELL initiative, EMM) within the region of Munich, and he contributed to the COST Action TU 1002 on Accessibility Instruments for Planning Practice. Currently Benjamin Büttner is heading a research group on accessibility planning and has been a member of NECTAR since 2011. Website: Cluster activities
  • Cluster established, Las Palmas, June, 2008
  • Cluster Workshop, Sardinia, Italy, Cagliari, October 2009
  • NECTAR/NARSC special sessions, New York, Nov 2009
  • NECTAR/ERSA special sessions, Jonkoping, Aug 2010
  • NECTAR/NARSC special sessions, Denver, Nov 2010
  • NECTAR Conference, Antwerp, May, 2011
  • Cluster Workshop, Madrid, October, 2011
  • NECTAR/AAG Special Session, New York, Feb 2012
  • NECTAR/RSAI special session, Timisoara, May 2012
  • NECTAR/Pealinck workshop, Coimbra, Oct 2012
  • NECTAR Conference. Azores, June 2013
  • NECTAR workshop, Seville, February. 2014
  • NECTAR special session, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research Delft (WSTLUR), July, 2014
  • NECTAR/COST special session, Oct 2014
  • Special session at the ERSA conference, Lisbon, Aug 2015
  • Cluster 6 Thematic Session “Accessibility, Resilience and Vulnerability” 12th International NECTAR Conference, Ann Arbor, USA, 14-16 June 2015
  • NECTAR Joint Cluster 1 and Cluster 6 International Workshop, 20-21 October 2016, Warsaw, Poland
  • Cluster 6 Thematic Session “Technology, mobility and migration” 13th NECTAR international conference, May 31-June 2 2017, Madrid.
  • NECTAR 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
  • Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Cluster, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 14-15 December 2018
  • Cluster 6 Cluster Thematic session “Happiness through Accessibility”, 14th NECTAR international conference, June 5-7, 2019, University of Helsinki
  • NECTAR international workshop on “The Role of Accessibility in times of Technological Innovation, (Re-)Urbanization and Climate Change”, Technical University of Munich, December 12-13, 2019
  • NECTAR Cluster 6 special session at WSTLUR 2020 on “Accessibility and quality of life”, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA, July 13 to 16, 2020
  • Clusters 5-6 Special Session for WRSA-PRSCO of RSAI 2020 on “Regional Science and Tourism”, Waikiki, Hawaii USA, March 18-21, 2020
  • Cluster 4 & 6 & JCR Workshop on “Challenges for Transport and Accessibility Policy: New Data Sources and Mobility Options”, 1-2 October 2020, Seville
  • NECTAR Special Session in North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International RSAI 2020, San Diego, CA, 11-14 November 2020
  • Cluster 4 & 6 JCR Workshop on “Mobility and Accessibility after the Pandemic: Emerging Trends and Policy Challenges”,  5-7 October 2022, Seville, Spain
  • Cluster 6 & 7 Joint Meeting on “Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Urban and transport planning for sustainable urban living”, 21-22 June 2023, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Cluster 6 Workshop on “The impact of ICT on accessibility after the pandemic: new formats of shopping, work and transport” 12-13 October 2023, Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Cluster 6 organizes a special session at the mobil.TUM 2024 conference in Munich, Germany, 10-12 April 2024. The topic of the session is “The Roadmap for Shaping the ±15-Minute City:  Proximity-centred Accessibility in Practice”.
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