International Transport Economics Conference 2009

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to bookmark this conference in your calendar. The International Transport Economics Conference (ITrEC) 2009 will be held during June 15-16, 2009, at the University of Minnesota. ITrEC brings together researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers interested in all questions of transport economics. Topics include economic questions relating to revenue and finance; congestion, pricing, and investment; production and cost estimation; transport demand; energy and environment; safety; institutions and industrial organization; and transport and land use. The conference is designed to appeal to participants from varied backgrounds, including economists and transport professionals in particular.

David Levinson

The conference is organized by, among others, Associate Professor David Levinson at the Center for Transportation Studies. Levinson is an accomplished scholar in his field, evaluating transportation technology and policy, and modeling travel behavior, and I first met Levinson in New Zealand in 2004, at the 2nd International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability, Christchurch and Queenstown, New Zealand, 20-24 August 2004, where I presented my paper on Reliability and Vulnerability versus Costs and Benefits.


The deadline for submitting abstracts to ITrEC 2009 is November 21, so there is still plenty of time. Theoretical, empirical, case-study, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Abstracts should be limited to 1,000 words and submitted through this link. Submitters will be notified in January whether or not their abstract has been accepted. Subject to acceptance, final papers will be due by April 3, 2009.


On a side note, in 2010, Levinson and the University of Minnesota will host the 4th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability, which I very much look forward to and where I hope to be one of the presenters. Unfortunately I was unable to present (due to the simple lack of relevant research) at the 3rd International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability in the Hague, Netherlands, in 2007.


Jan Husdal is an engineer turned researcher turned engineer again and he is now a Resilience Adviser with the Southern Region office of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen Region sør) in Arendal, Norway,

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