Topic Area F: Transport, Land Use and Sustainability

Topic Area F is concerned with land use and environmental issues due to the interaction with transport and vice versa. It includes integrated land use and transport policy and planning; modelling of land use, transport and environmental interactions with decision support systems; community liveability, local environmental impacts, and the use of non-motorized modes of travel in the developed world; and sustainability and environmental ethics.


SIG F1 – Transport and Spatial Development

Upcoming Events

Details of upcoming events will be announced soon.

Group Objective

This Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on research about the interactions between transport and spatial development, from benefit/burden analyses to integrated modelling of transport, land use and the environment.


Membership of the Group is open to any academic or practitioner with an interest in the subject area. Membership of the WCTRS is encouraged but not required. To join the Group, or for more information, please contact either of the Chairs listed below.

SIG F1 Chair- Masanobu Kii (Kagawa University)

SIG F1 Chair- Rolf Moeckel (Technical University of Munich)

(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chairs)

Further Information

SIG F1 Transport and Spatial Development Website

 SIG F2 – Transport, Climate Change and Clean Air


The core objective of our group is to provide interdisciplinary scientific evidence on the interaction between transport systems and the environment. Drawing from evidence, the secondary objective is to provide policy recommendations to relevant decision-makers with the aim of encouraging policy action towards low-carbon sustainable transport. In particular, the group aims at seeking for the ways to establish effective mechanisms for mitigating environmental degradation.

The main research areas are: analysing the environmental merits of different transport options; investigating negative externalities originating from transport activities (in particular keeping track of generated greenhouse gas emissions from transport); assessing environmental transport policies and measures; understanding the role of technology in supporting low-carbon transport.


The Special Interest Group on Transport and the Environment (SIG F2) was created at the 9th WCTR Seoul in 2001 by Professor Yoshitsugu Hayashi (Nagoya). SIG F2 (former SIG11) was established in response to the increasing need for information about the interconnection between transport and the environment, with a focus on transport’s external environmental effects.


The SIG F2 Conference  on “Transport, Climate Change and Clean Air”, will take place at CentraleSupelec, Paris, France, on 21 and 22 June 2018.  The deadline for extended abstracts (2 pages), is 20 May 2018 and further information can be found here.

SIG F2 considers research activities in all environmental related issues in the transport field. This includes research focusing on all external effects e.g. from greenhouse gases and air pollution, urban sprawl, etc. on global, national, regional and local level as well as all modes.

Raise awareness and promotion of environmentally-friendly modes of transport in research society and politics; contribute to the annual meeting of the UNFCCC Parties (since COP17); bring together all experts on transport and the environment from all over the world; discuss the corresponding research questions during symposia, etc.

Bringing Transport Mitigation into Focus:  Recommendations from WCTRS to COP22.  Co-chairs of WCTRS SIGf2, Eva Heinen (ITS Leeds), Patrick Jochem (KIT) and Wei-Shiuen Ng (ITF) are pleased to confirm submission of the above recommendations.  Further information can be found  at:  WCTRS_SIGF2_FOR_COP22

Recent developments – WCTRS at COP 23.  The President of WCTRS, Yoshitsugu Hayashi and co-chairs of SIG F2, Wei-Shiuen Ng and Karl Peet participated and held multiple coordination and planning roles in the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn. President Hayashi represented the research community and participated as a panelist in the “Policy Making and Target Setting for the Transport Sector” session on the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MP-GCA) Transport Thematic Day organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF), a WCTRS partner, and Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC), as well as the International Union of Railways (UIC) and International Association of Public Transport (UITP). With a projection of growing transport demand, the goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be reached without significant reductions in transport emissions. Setting emission reduction targets is the first step to a decarbonising transport development pathway.

Daily transport-related reports from COP23 can be found here []

Further information can be found at: SIG F2 COP23 leaflet


Membership is open to anyone active and strongly interested in research, policy and decision making related to transport and the environment. SIG F2 seeks to build a stable network of engaged professionals and promote cooperation among its active members.

To join this Special Interest Group please contact one of the Chairs listed below.


Patrick Jochem
Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Tel: +49 721 608 44590

Wei-Shiuen Ng
International Transport Forum, OECD

Tel: + 33 (0)1 45 24 99 31

Karl Peet
SLOCAT Partnership


(The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair/Co-chair)


SIG F3 – Smart Transport, Smart City and Quality of Life


This SIG focuses on the smart transport system and how to achieve high quality of life. Smart transport system take use of advanced informational technology, data communication technology, automatic control theory and operational research and artificial intelligence and big data technology and automatous drivers, small and slow vehicles as well as efficient energy management. By using these technologies, it enhance the intelligent connection of users’ wants with cars, road and public transport, and build a comprehensive transportation system which provides safe, highly efficient, low carbon energy-saving and comfortable mobility. The innovation of technology is to increase the welfare of human well-being, the final target of this SIG is to transfer the technology, regulation and planning into social capital and then to increase Q.O.L (Quality of Life) in urban space, in this part, we focus on the change of life style, the change of civil demand in different developing stages of cities and then cope with the demand with smart technology and policies.


This SIG was officially established in the January of 2017, in the SCC or the STC meeting in Washington D.C, with the aim of developing innovative methodologies and modes to maximize the public’s accessibility to required facilities by improving public service level while concurrently minimizing transport related consumption.


20 April 2019  –  The 3rd Tongji-WCTRS SIG F3 Seminar on “Smart city, smart transport and Quality of Life”

The seminar, jointly organised by the Organising Committee of the World Transport Research Conference and Tongji University,  focused on the theme of “Better mobility and quality of life”.  It was divided into three sub-forums: keynote speeches, challenges of urban planning and social impact, better mobility and quality of life. The purpose of the conference was to promote in-depth exchanges and discussions between academia and industry in the areas of smart cities, smart transportation and quality of life. The Conference triggered heated discussions among participants.  For further details about the event, please visit 3rd Tongji-WCTRS SIG F3 Seminar

28 April 2018  –  Participants from China, Netherland, Japan and Hong Kong held a seminar on “Smart City, Smart Transport and Quality of Life”.

At the same time, it is necessary not only reducing the negative effects of transport and traffic but also enhancing citizen’s quality of life by integration between different transport systems as well as between transport and city as a whole. China also has announced that “accelerating the reform of ecological civilization system and building beautiful China”. “People’s growing demand for better life” requires us to focus on the quality of life in urban areas from the perspective of residents. In the context of low carbon and green, through the refinement of urban management and traffic guidance, the construction of a low carbon, high quality of life and sustainable economic society is the pursuit of new era and the key content of low-carbon research.

This seminar focused on the topics on low carbon related policies, newest smart technologies and local practice in smart city, the seminar in-depth discussed and exchanges on various issues of smart city, transport and quality of life. The participants exchanged new ideas and stimulated international cooperation.

Prof.Ye LI from Tongji University give an introduction on SIG F3 team, Prof. Martin gave a speech on urban labelling, Prof. Hancheng DAI gave a speech on CGE modelling practice in transportation, Dr. Xiao LUO gave a speech on urban population dynamics, Prof. Haixiao PAN gave a speech on railway related low carbon transport research , Prof. Keping LI and keshuang TANG gave a speech on smart signal control, Prof. Cunkuan BAO gave a speech on low carbon infrastructure policy, Dr. Liang DONG gave a speech on smart industry park, Dr. Jianyuan LI gave a speech on emotion sensing in cities.

At the end of the session WCTRS, Chair of SIG F, professor Haixiao PAN concluded the speeches in the seminar, and gave a forecast on smart city and smart transport.


Membership is open to anyone who is active and strongly interested in research topics, Smart Transport, Smart City and Quality of Life. SIG F3 seeks to build an active network of engaged professionals and promote cooperation among its academic world and industrial world and government.

The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair Prof. Ye LI and SIG secretary Associate Prof. Xiao LUO. Please contact her for further information.

Chair and Secretary

Chair: Ye LI
School of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86 21 65986491

Secretary: Xiao LUO

School of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Tel: +86 21 65986491


SIG F4 – Liveability and Non-motorised Transport

Non-motorised transport, now commonly called active travel, is a rapidly growing research field, as demonstrated by the soaring number of publications on this topic over the past decade. Active travel has gained research attention from the transport and public health field, given its opportunities to improve public health by increasing physical activity and the potential to improve liveability in cities.

Transport also affect liveability of cities in various other ways. For example the quality of public transport and the road network are measures considered in global liveability rankings. Currently, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this is expected to grow to over 65% by 2050. This makes liveability of cities, perhaps by increasing non-motorised transport an essential and temporary issue.


This SIG will serve as a forum to facilitate discussion, communication, dissemination of evidence, co-production of future directions and various other activities, within the society and beyond.

A variety of issues could be addressed by the Liveability and Non-motorised Transport SIG, including but not limited to the below topics. This range of topics is preliminary and is open to discussion. We will revise this list, expand it or refocus it over time.

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Other forms of Non-motorised transport and Active travel
  • Liveability
  • Well-being


SIG F4 was officially established in 2018.

The topic of Liveability and Non-motorised Transport was previously part of Special Interest Group (SIG) F2 Transport and the Environment, as F2a, and has been actively involved in the organisation of sessions in the WCTR conference and beyond.  


Membership is open to anyone who is active and strongly interested in research topics, policies and decision making processes related to non-motorised transport and liveability.  SIGF4 seeks to build a stable network of engaged professionals and promote cooperation among its active members.

The full membership list for this SIG is maintained by the SIG Chair. Please contact her for further information.


Eva Heinen
Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 31790


SIG F5 – Transport Noise and Vibration Control

This is a new SIG (April 2017) and further info will be available soon.