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).

Contacts for the COVID-19 Task Force

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

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

International e-Conference on Pandemics and Transport Policy (ICPT2020)

The WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force is pleased to announce an International e-Conference on Pandemics and Transport Policy (ICPT2020) from Monday 7th-Friday 11th December 2020. This event is to encourage the sharing of the lessons learnt by the transport sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and other pandemics through history, including failures and best practice in conducting collaborative research, making cross-country comparisons, developing innovative policymaking methodologies and making both immediate and long-term policy recommendations.

Two sessions will take place via Zoom on each day, one at mid-afternoon (JST- early morning GMT) and one at night (JST- early afternoon GMT). Details of how to attend will be announced shortly on the ICPT2020 conference website, together with any changes in the conference program. Pre-registration is not required and participation is free of charge.


Establishing the WCTRS COVID-19 TASK FORCE

In April 2020 The World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) formed a Task Force of leading academics and experts in the field of transport and logistics (TLOG) (including tourism). This Task Force aims to investigate the damages and emergent measures, and 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 “Recommendations on COVID-19 Policy Decisions” 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 an Expert 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.

Fifth, having received answers from the Expert Survey, the 1st COVID-19 Task Force Report was launched. The Task Force has appointed country/region coordinators to further examine in depth in each country/region the disseminations of infections, effects of emergent measures such as lockdowns and the new normal.

Finally, we recognize that more will still need to be done. The Task Force is planning to prepare reports, publish special issues of Transport Policy and edit a Handbook as an Elsevier WCTRS book series. 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

Prof. Yoshi Hayashi, Immediate Ex-President & Chair of WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force


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


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


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


  • 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


  • Greg Marsden, Secretary General of WCTRS; Prof., ITS, University of Leeds, UK
  • Holger Dalkmann, Founder and CEO of Sustain 2030, Germany
  • K.E. Seetha Ram, Dr. Eng., Senior Consulting Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute

Contributors of writing reports/papers to the taskforce (currently; will be updated)

  • Ana Pejdo, University of Zadar, Croatia
  • Anshuman Sharma, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Antonio Musso, Sapienza University, Italy
  • Ashish Bhaskar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Barbara Laa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Bhargab Maitra, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Daniela Antunes Lessa, Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil
  • Felix Roeper, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Francesca Pagliara, The University of Naples Federico II, Italy
  • Frederico Cavallaro, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
  • Fusun Ulengin, Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Guenter Emberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Hirokazu Kato, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Hiroyoshi Morita, Nippon Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd
  • Hitomi Nakanishi, Canberra University, Australia
  • Huiyu Zhou, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  • Joseph R Huscroft, North Carolina A&T State University, USA
  • Junko Sugawara, University of Huston, USA
  • Junyi Zhang, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Kaustubh Saysardar, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Kinjal Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Kun Gao, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Kun Wang, University of International Business and Economics, China
  • Lawrence D. Frank, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Lucy Budd, De Montfort University, UK
  • Maria Vittoria Corazza, Sapienza University, Italy
  • Mukti Advani, CSIR – CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), India
  • Nena Adrienne, Independent Scholar, UK
  • Ozay Ozaydin, Dogus University, Turkey
  • Peter John Forsyth, Monash University, Australia
  • Ralf Elbert, Prof., Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • S. Padma, CSIR – CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), India
  • S. Velmurugan, CSIR – CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), India
  • Sai Kiran Annam, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Saori Kashima, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Saurabh Dandapat, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Shinichiro Nakamura, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Shuang Ma, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Shuangjin Li, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Stephen Ison, De Montfort University, UK
  • Tae Oum, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Takeru Shibayama, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Thierry Vanelslander, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Vilmos Oszter, KTI Institute for Transport Sciences, Hungary
  • Xiaobo Qu, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Xiaopeng (Shaw) Li, University of South Florida
  • Yacan Wang, Beijing Jiaotong University, China
  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Chubu University, Japan


Bibliographies of Core Members

Yoshitsugu Hayashi, immediate Ex-President of WCTRS (2013-2019)

Yoshi Hayashi is Professor of Center for Sustainable Development and Global Smart City, Chubu University and Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University, Japan.

He is one of the 100 Full Members of “The Club of Rome”, Executive Committee member and President of the Japanese Association of the Club of Rome. He is also Distinguished Guest Professor of Tsinghua University and Co-Director of World Transport Research Center, Tongji University, China.

His recent research includes modeling and policy on “low carbon, sustainable and resilient cities” and development of QOL Accessibility Method to replace conventional cost-benefit analysis. He has published more than 30 books including “Transport, Land Use and the Environment” (Kluwer), “Urban Transport and the Environment” (Elsevier), “Transport Moving to Climate Intelligence” (Springer), “Intercity Transport and Climate Change” (Springer), “Disaster Resilient City” (Elsevier), “Climate Change, Energy Use, and Sustainability” (Springer), “Balancing Nature and Civilization” (Springer), and Club of Rome 50th Anniversary book “Come On! – Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet” (Springer) (section author).


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.


Holger Dalkmann, WCTRS – Steering Committee Member, Founder and CEO of Sustain 2030

Holger Dalkmann has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of transport, cities, sustainability and climate change. As CEO of Sustain 2030 based in Berlin and an independent consultant he provides strategic and technical advice for a variety of organizations like the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), the Department for International Development (DFID), Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW), the SSATP Program of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, The Volvo Research Foundation (VREF), UNCRD and Agora Verkehrswende. For DFID he works as a Senior Advisor on High Volume Transport (HVT), where he recently published several documents on COVID-19 and transport. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international events.

His career includes one of the Co-founders of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCat) and acted as Interim Secretary General. During 2011-17 he was Director for EMBARQ program at World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington DC., which catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable urban transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. He worked in more than thirty countries on mobility, environment and climate change at the UK-based consultancy, TRL, and at the Wuppertal Institute for Energy, Climate and Environment (Germany), a world respected think tank.

Holger holds a Master’s degree in Geography and taught at the University of Duisburg and University of Trier. He has published over 100 articles including the influential Avoid-Shift-Improve concept.


KE Seetha Ram, Senior Consulting Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

At ADBI, he is task manager for the partnership with the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation; and advises JR East on human resources development for India’s first high-speed rail. At the University of Tokyo, he teaches and conducts research on policies and institutional mechanisms that attract philanthropy and private finance to build quality public infrastructure in Asia.

Education: He obtained his Dr. Eng. from the University of Tokyo in 1990 under the supervision of Professor Hideo Nakamura, President emeritus of Tokyo City University; M. Eng. from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand in 1986; and B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras in 1984. He is a fellow at the faculty of engineering of the University of Tokyo.

Work Experience includes 2017: Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Visiting Professor University of Tokyo, Special Advisor to Japan Rail East on India High Speed Rail, 2009: Founding director of National University of Singapore (NUS)-Global Asia Institute, Singapore, 2008: ADB visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore and Founding director of the Institute of Water Policy, 1997: International staff, Asian Development Bank, Philippines, 1990: Staff, Nippon Koei Co Ltd, Japan, 1984: Tata Motors Company, India

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