Call for Applications to the WCTRS Young Researcher’s Initiative

We are pleased to announce the Call for the 4th edition of the WCTRS Young Researcher’s Initiative. Applications are now open for each of the three Activities of the Initiative:

WCTRS-YI: A one-day Young Researcher’s Conference on 24th July 2022 to accompany the WCTR-16, Montreal.

WCTRS-YII: The opportunity for PhD researchers to apply for a “WCTRS Ph.D. Students’ Grant” to conduct research to be presented at the WCTR-16, Montreal.

WCTRS-YIII: The management of the “WCTRS Young Online Facility”.

The application deadline for each activity is 28th February 2021. All Young Researchers (who will be under 35 years old on 24th July 2022, the first day of the WCTR-16 Montreal) are welcome to apply. Further details and application forms can be found on the Young Researcher’s Initiative page.

If you have any questions, please contact email the WCTRS Secretary or the WCTRS-Y Leader Laetitia Dablanc.

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.

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

New Covid-19 Transport Research Database

As part of a series of activities to promote the sharing of research and practical understanding of travel behaviour responses, industry and government strategies and the resultant social, environmental and economic impacts, WCTRS is pleased to host a database of studies being conducted globally on this topic. You can now download the first iteration of the database of submitted studies. This database will grow over time and be updated. If you have a study to be added then please email the WCTRS Secretary.

If you have suggestions for specific fields of information we can hold as we improve the database to make it more useful then please also get in touch. The database is open for all academic, government, consultant and charitable foundation funded work.

WCTRS Repository for Research Related to COVID-19 (Public) Excel File