Mission and members of the Department of Transport and Regional Economics

Mission

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.

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Researchers and Members

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Research Promotors

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Research Outline

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:

Network

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Network

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.