TPR is committed to be an international centre of excellence for fundamental and applied academic research in transport economics, logistics and regional economics. Its mission is to improve transport and logistics for our society and the business community. Its research results in theories, applications and instruments to enhance existing academic knowledge, transport policy and supply chain environments. Therefore, TPR conducts innovative and multi- disciplinary research within an international context and organizes educational programs from bachelor up to PhD level . TPR pursues results that are academically sound, economically viable and supporting sustainable development. It values a critical and an independent approach and an open communication. TPR’s research activities unfold within a framework of programs stimulated by the university, public authorities at all policy levels, non-profit organizations as well as private or semi-private actors.
Discover the full list of our researchers and members.
- Joris Beckers
- Ivan Dario Cardenas Barbosa
- Katrien De Langhe
- Wouter Dewulf
- Roel Gevaers
- Hilde Meersman
- Rosário Macário
- Christa Sys
- Eddy Van de Voorde
- Thierry Vanelslander
- Edwin van Hassel
- Ann Verhetsel
Project research plays a key role in gaining scientific knowledge. The Department aims at a wide array of research projects, incorporating longer term fundamental research projects, as well as contracts with diverse promotors and limited assignments intended for immediate application. Business knowledge also involves to a large extent policy advice, consulting and individual research of the Department members. This way, in the past years, a lot of research was performed for companies, and high-standing research was done into the evaluation of transport investments, mobility policy, tourism, the maritime and port sector, and spatial aspects and city policy.
The lines of research pursued by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics are located on the interface of general and business economics. The rich set of tools that the fields of transport and spatial economics offer are apparent in the broad range of research procedures applied. These include strategic analyses, methods of economic research and assessment, information gathering and analysis, operational research, model-based analysis, forecasting and simulations.
The research activities unfold within the framework of programmes instigated by the university and the authorities (regional, federal and European) as well as specific assignments from the public and private sectors. The topics covered relate to:
The interaction between transport and economics
- the relationship between economic growth and transport demand
- demand models and elasticity calculations
- research into the effectiveness of measures within the frame of a sustainable mobility policy ( transport planning by companies, road charging, etc.)
- mode choice
- the organization, choice and planning of commodity flows
- land transport: intermodal operations, rail, road haulage, inland navigation and pipelines
- air transport and airports
- transport and logistics
The port and maritime sector
- competition and cooperation in the maritime and port sector
- ports as nodes in the logistics chain
- productivity of terminals
- maritime transport costs
- port policy
- strategic planning in seaports
- traffic forecasting
The air transport business and markets
- airport competitiveness
- airline operations
- air transport cost structures
- pricing in aviation and regulation of airport and air transport markets
Urban logistics and distribution
- cost calculations
The assessment of infrastructure projects
- the development and improvement of project assessment tools (e.g. cost-benefit analysis, economic effectsanalysis, multicriteria analysis)
- applications to road construction projects, port investments, etc.
Strategic analyses and policy recommendations (private companies, authorities)
- analysis of the competitive strength of (sub)sectors
- development of action plans and formulation of concrete policy recommendations
- development of market studies relating to competition issues
- regulation and deregulation issues
Interaction between transport and physical planning
- spatial (mobility) plans at local, regional and supra-regional level
- mobility budget
- public transport policy
Urban studies and regional economics
- regional planning and policy
- commercial real estate markets (retail, logistics, offices)
The Department in its entirety or its individual members are each affiliated to a large number of internationally acknowledged transport-related associations and / or institutions. The relationships involve teaching as well as research.
Furthermore, every year, a large number of guest professors have a stay at the Department for a short-term visit, during which they provide teaching as well as research input to the Department.