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: