Organizing committee

The ATRS 2017 Conference is organized by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. The Department aims at a wide array of research projects. Among its clients are the European Commission and Parliament, the Federal Government of Belgium, the regional Government of Flanders, the City of Antwerp and other Flemish cities, the National Bank of Belgium, and private companies and consulting agencies in Belgium and abroad.

Regarding air transport research, recent projects dealt with an analysis of the EU strategy towards the low cost market (European Parliament), air cargo security (European Parliament), assessing the impact of the economic crisis on the air transport sector (DG MOVE), airport accessibility (HERMES project for DG MOVE), education and skills (EDUCAIR project for DG MOVE), determining the optimal number of ground handling companies at Brussels Airport (Federal Government of Belgium), the optimal level of regulation at Brussels Airport (Federal Government of Belgium) and drafting future business plans for Brussels Airport and Ostend Airport. The Department also has experience in policy-supporting research within Flanders Air Transport Network, which among others deals with policy initiatives for stimulating air transport education as well as innovation. Its recent policy supporting research dealt with the impact of an airport shutdown, level-playing field and airport competition and cooperation.

Prof. dr. Eddy Van de Voorde

Prof. dr. Eddy Van de Voorde

Prof. dr. Eddy Van de VoordeProf. dr. Eddy Van de Voorde is Full Professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics. His activities are situated in Maritime Economics, Port Economics, Air Transport and Logistics. He is in charge of a lot of new research projects, financed by various Belgian and international governments and private organizations. His research results in a long list of publications in important journals. Recently, he was co-author of various standard-works in the field of transport economics and models. He is also co-editor of the book ‘Critical Issues in Air Transport Economics and Business’ (Routledge, 2011).

Moreover, he is a professor at the University of Ghent and at the Technical University of Delft, and he is visiting professor at different foreign universities, such as Lisbon, Bari, London and MIT (Cambridge, USA). In 2010 he got a visiting professorship at the Sapienza University in Rome. 

In the past years he fulfilled different functions in international scientific associations, such as being the vice-chair of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), vice-chair of the scientific committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) and chair of the Benelux Interuniversity Group of Transport Economists  (BIVEC). He is also a member of the editorial board of a number of  international journals, such as Journal of Air Transport Management.

Prof. dr. Hilde Meersman

Prof. dr. Hilde Meersman

Prof. dr. Hilde MeersmanProf. dr. Hilde Meersman is Full Professor at the University of Antwerp at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics where she teaches in the fields of Econometrics, Transport Modelling, and Economics. She also teaches at the Technical University of Delft and gives guest lectures at MIT and a number of European universities.

She is the coordinator of the policy research centre of the Flemish Government ‘Mobility and Public Works – Freight Transport’ and the Strategic basic research project ‘Urban Logistics and Mobility’. She is a member of the Belgian Economic Council which gives advice on the national economic policy.

Her research activities are on the intersection of transportation economics, macroeconomics and economic modelling. This enables her to link the evolution in the world economy to specific transportation problems.

She is involved, directly or indirectly, in a large number of research projects on topics such as international investment, modelling and forecasting (air) freight transport, low cost airlines, impact of the crisis on the air transport sector, etc. She has been an advisor to the Dutch Central Bank and has been and still is involved in a large number of international exchange programs. Until 1997 she was director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research (SESO). She has also been chairing the International Scientific Committee of the WCTR-S.

Dr. Franziska Kupfer

Dr. Franziska Kupfer

Dr. Franziska KupferDr. Franziska Kupfer (°1982, Rostock, Germany) obtained her master’s degree in 2007 at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics. After graduating as a Transport Economist, she started working as an Academic Researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economy. In June 2012 Franziska finished her PhD about the airport choice for scheduled freighter operations in Europe and is now working as a post-doc researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economy. In her position as a post-doc researcher she is responsible for (co-)teaching the courses air transport, transport economics and transport policy. In 2013 she became the program coordinator of the Advanced Master in Maritime Sciences and Master in Sea and Transport Law (taught in Dutch). Since January 2015 she is also academic coordinator for the C-MAT Advanced Master in Maritime and Air Transport Management and Master in Maritime and Air Transport Economics (taught in English, http://www.c-mat.be/).

Her research interests include amongst others air transport and airport economics as well as general transport economics. In the past she was involved in a number of air transport related projects such as EDUCAIR (FP7, 2011-2013) and the consequences of the growing low-cost-airline sector for transport infrastructures and passenger flows in Europe (European Parliament, 2007).

Dr. Evy Onghena

Dr. Evy Onghena

Dr. Evy OnghenaDr. Evy Onghena (°1982, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium) graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp in 2013. Her doctoral research dealt with the cost structure and the expansion and cooperation strategies of the Big Four integrators FedEx, UPS, DHL and TNT Express. As from November 2013, she was Scientific Director of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Commodity and Passenger Flows (MOBILO). Within the research centre, policy relevant research within five research streams (ports, airports, integration of logistics chains, urban distribution and commuting) was carried out.

As a post-doc member of the Department TPR, she continues her scientific research in the domain of air transport economics, with a focus on air cargo economics. As from October 2015, she thought the courses ‘Air Transport Economics and Business’, ‘Economics of Strategy’ and ‘Transport Modelling’ at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT, University of Antwerp, http://www.c-mat.be/). She was and is also involved in projects in the field of air transport, e.g. COST Action TU1408 ‘Air Transport and Regional Development’ and ‘Air Transport in the EU: Current Situation and Trends’ (European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism, 2014).

Dr. Wouter Dewulf

Dr. Wouter Dewulf

https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_200_200/p/3/000/23f/0d2/22a7b43.jpgDr. Wouter Dewulf (°1970, Kortrijk, Belgium) completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of Antwerp. His doctoral research dealt with the strategy of air cargo operators. He is currently part time employed at the University of Antwerp and heads a research group on urban logistics and mobility in addition to his research on air transport. As from October 2015, Wouter thought the subject ‘Project Methodology’ at the Centre of Maritime and Air Transport (C-MAT).

 

After graduation as a Commercial Engineer at the University of Antwerp (1993) and having obtained an MBA at the Université Catholique de Louvain (1994) he worked a number of years at British Airways in London and Sabena Technics in Brussels. In 2002 he became General Manager of Van Gansewinkel for Belgium, France and Luxemburg, a leading waste collection company where he was mainly involved with M&A activities and managing the growth within this growing sector.

Support team

The organizing commitee calls upon the assistance of the members of the support team.

Drs. Thomas Van Asch

Drs. Thomas Van Asch

Drs. Thomas Van Asch (°1993, Edegem, Belgium) obtained his master’s degree in 2015 at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics and Sciences. Additionally, he studied one year at C-MAT (Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management, University of Antwerp) where he obtained an advanced master’s degree in the field of Air Transport Management. His research interests are mainly situated in air cargo economics and road haulage. Thomas is currently working as a PhD-Researcher at the department of Transport and Regional Economics (Faculty of Applied Economics and Sciences, University of Antwerp), where his research is mainly focused on the competitiveness of airports with respect to air cargo.

Drs. Sven Buyle

Drs. Sven Buyle

Drs. Sven Buyle (°1993, Antwerp, Belgium) graduated in 2016 as a business engineer (supply chain engineering) at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics and Sciences. His research interests are situated in the field of air transport and airspace economics as well as in the relationship between air transport and tourism. Sven is currently working as a doctoral researcher at the department of Transport and Regional Economics (Faculty of Applied Economics and Sciences, University of Antwerp), where he is preparing his PhD in the field of Air Navigation Service Provider business models.

Ms. Kristel De Poorter
Ms. Veerle Joris