WCTRS Research Newsletter February 2021

The first World Conference on Transport Research Society Research Newsletter is now available. The February 2021 edition includes a Welcome from the WCTRS President, and items on the Scientific Committee, the WCTRS Young Researcher’s Initiative, the WCTRS Chartered Education License Task Force and the WCTRS Subway and Urban Railway Efficacy Bench-marking Task Force.

WCTRS Research Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1 February 2021

WCTRS Covid-19 Task Force Publications

The WCTRS is pleased to make available a list of publications from the members of the WCTRS Covid-19 Task Force on research relating to Transport and Covid-19. The list is available at the following link,with web links to the papers that are currently available online, and is available for all to access.

WCTRS President

Professor Tae Hoon Oum, PhD, MBA

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada

Please click HERE to see the message from Prof. Tae Oum

Please click HERE to see the Profile for Prof. Tae Oum



Recommendations on COVID-19 Policy Decisions

The President and the COVID-19 Task Force

The WCTR Society’s Covid-19 Task Force has formulated a five-point recommendations for policy makers who are responsible for deciding when to end the Covid-19 lockdown period, and to those who are responsible for allocating nearly $12 trillion (worldwide) fiscal/monetary stimulus funds including central bankers.

We give clear reasons why the socially optimal lockdown period is longer than what citizens and business communities want.  Further, the decision on when to end the lockdown should be made by state/province instead of choosing a uniform lockdown period by a country.  If it is possible to control people movement across boundary, it is also, preferable to choose lockdown period by each city or county.

The remaining four recommendations focus on Transport and Logistics sector organization, including aviation and urban transit, in preparation for the post-lockdown period.  For the full 3-page recommendations, please click WCTR Society Recommendations on COVID-19 Policy Decisions.


Establishing the WCTRS COVID-19 TASKFORCE

The World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) has formed a Task Force of leading academics and experts in the field of transport and logistics (TLOG) (including tourism). This Task Force aims to formulate constructive recommendations on ways to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to improve the social impacts of the response whilst minimizing damages to the TLOG sector. It will do this by pooling research and expertise in the field and by outlining research projects to be launched for international research programs.

First, we have developed an action plan for this Task Force. We plan to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 and how/what our society has responded to this pandemic, to examine the effects of the various during-pandemic measures, and to suggest how to improve the ongoing practices. We will also recommend how to best adapt and learn to generalize the findings from the above to tackle other public health threats in the future.

Second, considering the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prepared an “Appeal” for support for the TLOG sector, by emphasizing major risks as well as measures/actions for considerations to policy makers in governments, international organizations, industries, and NGO/NPO.

Third, considering the role of the TLOG sector in the whole economy, we have also put forward some principles to inform the allocation of fiscal and monetary stimulus funds to the TLOG sector, including airlines, airports, urban transit, shipping, ports, logistics and supply chain services, transport infrastructure, and so on.

Fourth, we have designed a questionnaire survey to the TLOG experts all over the world for collecting evidence on the ongoing measures and how to improve the current practices and future responses. We are hosting a database of existing international research studies which we will update over time.

Finally, we recognize that more will still need to be done. We are reaching out to experts across the WCTRS but welcome contributions from beyond the society to inform our thinking.


April 2020

Prof. Tae Oum, President of WCTRS

WCTRS President

Professor Tae Hoon Oum, PhD, MBA

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada

Please click HERE to see the message from Prof. Tae Oum

Please click HERE to see the Profile for Prof. Tae Oum



Special Interest Group (SIG) G3 – Special Sessions at TISRoma 2019

What:              WCTR SIG G3 organised two special sessions during the TISRoma 2019 Congress organised by the AIIT (Italian Association for Traffic and Transport Engineering). The sessions were chaired by Maria Attard (University of Malta – SIG G3 co-chair) and Michela Le Pira (University of Catania – TISRoma organising committee member). A total of 11 papers were presented from a number of countries. The proceedings of the special sessions will be published in a Special Issue of the Journal Research in Transportation Business and Management, published by Elsevier.  

Please click the link below to hear the introduction from Maria Attard.

07 Maria Attard



Save the Date!

The 16th World Conference on Transport Research will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from 24 to 28 July 2022

Local Organiser:

Interuniversity Research Centre on Entreprise Networks, Logistics and Transport


15th World Conference on Transport Research

The Closing Ceremony for the 15th World Conference on Transportation Research at IITB Bombay, Mumbai, India has now ended

Outcomes from the conference, including general proceedings etc will be available soon in the member area of the website.

Congratulations must go to everyone involved in helping deliver such a wonderful, interesting and inspiring event, and in particular, to our fantastic hosts and Conference Directorate Team, headed by Professor K V Krishna Rao.

Further outcomes from the conference will be added soon, but in the meantime, please click on the link below to see the presentation slides from the Closing Ceremony, which include:

  • an overview of the key scientific findings;

  • details of Awards, Prizes and Bursaries presented;

  • And…….. an announcement on the on the destination for the 16th World Conference.  We hope to see you there!

WCTRS Closing Ceremony Slides Mumbai 30 May 2019


General Background Information on WCTRS

WCTRS Information leaflets

We have now updated our information leaflets which briefly outline the main aims and achievements of the WCTRS. Please click one of the links below to view this in your preferred language.

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