WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force

In recognition of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our society and global economy, 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).

Recommendations on COVID-19 Policy Decisions

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.

 

 

ACTION PLAN of the COVID-19 TASK FORCE

  • To collect information about the impacts of COVID-19 on the transport and logistics sector (including tourism) in countries of the world.
  • To construct a WCTRS internal platform for data sharing and expert analyses of the infection mechanisms related to transport and tourism.
  • To analyze impacts of transport and logistics system performance, and the during-pandemic measures (e.g., behavioral interventions, service modifications or closure) on disease transmission, disease acuity, disparities in risk, access to essential services, mortality rates, and downstream economic impacts, across regions and demographic groups.
  • To put forward principles about how to guide the allocation of fiscal and monetary stimulus funds and decisions on the timing of lockdowns, to the whole global society.
  • To develop contingency plans and road maps for allocating transport infrastructure and management resources to preserve “system-relevant” mobility and logistics during pandemics, by reviewing what our society had prepared for such public health pandemics in the past and reflecting the various experts’ wisdom.
  • To propose, for emergency period, coordinated concepts and common rules for stepwise recovery from COVID-19 infection considering virus protection together with survival of “system-relevant” social and economic contacts.
  • To quickly provide useful information for the present debates to relevant stakeholders: politicians, governments, international organizations, private firms, schools, mass media, and so on.

 

Current Members of the WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force (COVID-TF)

Chair of WCTRS COVID-TF

  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Immediate Ex-President of WCTRS; & Director, Center for Sustainable Development and Global Smart City, Chubu University, Japan

Co-Chairs of WCTRS COVID-TF

  • Lawrence D. Frank, Chair of ‘WCTRS – Transport and Health Special Interest Group’; Prof., Health & Communication Design Lab, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Junyi Zhang, Prof., Mobilities and Urban Policy Lab, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering; Director of ASMO Center, Hiroshima University, Japan

Members of WCTRS COVID-TF

  • Greg Marsden, Secretary General of WCTRS; Prof., ITS, University of Leeds, UK
  • E. Seetha Ram, Dr. Eng., Senior Consulting Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Peter John Forsyth, Adjunct Prof., Department of Economics, Monash University

Advisors

  • Tae Oum, President of WCTRS; Emeritus Prof., University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Werner Rothengatter, Ex-President of WCTRS, Emeritus Prof., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

 

Contact person

1) Junyi Zhang, Co-Chair of WCTRS COVID-TF

2) Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi , Chair of WCTRS COVID-TF

 

 

Bibliographies of Members

Lawrence D. Frank, Chair of ‘WCTRS – Transport and Health Special Interest Group’; Prof., Health & Communication Design Lab, University of British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Frank is the Bombardier Chair Professor in Sustainable Transportation and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality and health; and in the energy use and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He coined the term “walkability” in the early 90’s and his work led to WalkScore and has been cited over 33,000 times. He has been listed in Thompson and Reuter’s top 1% in the social sciences since 2014 and is among the few most cited planning academics globally. Dr. Frank has published over 160 peer reviewed articles and co-authored Heath and Community Design and Urban Sprawl and Public Health mapping out the field emerging at the nexus between built and natural environments and health. Dr. Frank has led over $20 Million in primary research and consults with government agencies, NGOs, and decision makers supporting their ability to predict travel, GHG, chronic disease, and economic impacts of land use and transportation policies.

 

Junyi Zhang, Prof., Mobilities and Urban Policy Lab, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering; Director of ASMO Center, Hiroshima University, Japan

Junyi Zhang’s research fields include transportation planning, urban and regional planning, traffic engineering, environment and energy policies, tourism policy, and health policy in the contexts of both developed and developing countries. His research emphasizes human behavior analysis and systematic approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective. He has been especially promoting the life-oriented approach for cross-sectoral policy making. He has published 430+ refereed academic papers in journals of multiple disciplines such as Transportation Research Part A/B/C/D/E, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Geriatrics & Gerontology International, Energy Policy, Energy, Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Sustainable Cities and Society, Environment and Planning B, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. His research was awarded as best paper prizes eight times by international conferences and journals. He has been serving as a reviewer for 50+ SCI/SSCI-indexed journals. He was the former editor-in-chief of the journal “Asian Transport Studies (ATS)” of EASTS (Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies), which is the largest transportation association in the Asian and Pacific region, and a board member of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR). His recent books include “Transport and Energy Research: A Behavioral Perspective, Elsevier (Zhang J., 2019)”, “Routledge Handbook of Transport in Asia, Zhang J & Feng C-M, 2018)”, and “Life-oriented Behavioral Research for Urban Policy, Springer (Zhang J, 2017)”.

 

Greg Marsden, Secretary General of WCTRS; Prof., ITS, University of Leeds, UK

Greg is Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He has researched issues surrounding the design and implementation of new policies for over 20 years covering a range of issues. He is an expert in climate and energy policy in the transport sector and is the Transport Decarbonisation Champion for EPSRC. He is the Principal Investigator on the DecarboN8 network where he is responsible for integrating a new place based approach to decarbonising transport. Greg co-chairs the Commission on Travel Demand which has published influential studies on travel demand and shared mobility. He is the Secretary General of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Governance. He has served as an advisor to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee and regularly advises local, national and international governments.

 

Peter John Forsyth, Adjunct Prof., Department of Economics, Monash University

Peter has been at Monash University since 1997, originally as Professor of Economics, and since 2014 as Adjunct Professor. Much of his research has been on Transport Economics, and especially on the Economics of Aviation. He has published widely in both tourism and aviation, and recently published Liberalization in Aviation (2013, Ashgate). In recent years he has done considerable research on economic policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of aviation. He has also done extensive work using Computable General Equilibrium models to analyse aviation policy issues. In 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Air Transport Research Society.