World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2020

Call for Papers

After much deliberation, the conference co-chairs have decided to postpone the 2020 WSTLUR Symposium. The uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions, and economic consequences makes planning a safe and well-attended conference difficult. In light of this, the conference will be rescheduled for August 2021, hosted by Portland State University, and held in Portland, OR. The exact dates will be determined in a few weeks.

There will be a new call for papers announced for Fall 2020. Authors who have submitted papers are welcome to revise and resubmit these papers under the new call assuming that the paper has not been presented elsewhere in the meantime. These resubmissions will have continuity in this process and will retain the same reviewers. Authors may also submit new papers to various conference tracks for new reviews.

Paper Themes

Affordable housing and transport

How can transport system design, planning, or policy improve, address, or interrupt existing issues experienced by residents of affordable housing? What is the relationship between location efficiency and gentrification? How do the travel behavior and social mobility of low-income subsidized housing residents vary from those of naturally-occurring affordable housing residents? How can planning address the needs of low-income residents to improve their ability to live, function, and move around? This interdisciplinary track seeks papers under the broad umbrella of transport and low-income residents and/or affordable housing. All disciplines are encouraged to submit with topics including, but not limited to: economics; travel behavior; housing; policy analysis or development; gentrification; design; environmental; engineering; transit; location efficiency; transformative technologies; transport demand management strategies; informatics and communication; and equity.

For more information or questions please contact: Kristina Currans, University of Arizona,; Andrew Guthrie, University of Memphis,

Networks and land use

Land use and transport networks co-evolve. How does the growth (or decline) in transport networks influence land use patterns, and vice versa? How do network structure and land use patterns affect accessibility? How can future design consider transport networks and land use patterns together as technology changes?

For more information or questions please contact: David Levinson, University of Sydney,; Jie Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

Integrated land use-transport models

This theme calls for papers that integrate land use models with transport models. All levels of integration from loosely coupled to tightly integrated are welcome, as long as information from one model is used in the other model. We are looking in particular for novel model designs, new ideas for model integration and models that use innovative data sources.

For more information or questions please contact: Rolf Moeckel, Technical University of Munich,

New mobilities

How do newly emerging disruptive technologies shape or change transport and land use systems? How can we integrate technological and land use strategies to achieve long term planning goals such as equity? What is the role of land use in smart cities? Specific topics include the connection between land use and transport systems with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and new ICT-enabled products and services such as automated vehicles, new energy technologies, big data applications, ridesharing systems, real-time traveler information, and smart cities in general.

For more information or questions please contact: John MacArthur, Portland State University,

Freight issues

Freight demand is becoming more diverse with e-commerce derived flows adding to the more traditional freight movements. These flows, destined for both residential and office locations, and including a new range of commodities (e.g., groceries and fast food) are creating both challenges and opportunities for shippers, carriers and retailers. New logistical processes are being introduced to address changes in freight demand, for example, parcel lockers, mobile distribution centers, and new modes of freight transport such as autonomous freight delivery. City planners need to keep up with the dynamic freight environment and ensure that land use policy and infrastructure are deployed based on a solid understanding of trends in freight demand and new logistical processes being introduced to meet consumer demands. This call for papers targets research that addresses topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Interactions between land use, freight transport and e-commerce
  • Freight parking demand and supply requirements (e.g., curb space demand management)
  • Incorporating freight transport into "complete streets" design
  • Zoning and development planning considering freight
  • E-commerce impacts on land value
  • Freight corridor planning and deployment
  • Trends in logistics sprawl
  • Freight data collection that allows characterization of spatial patterns of freight intensity
  • Analysis of freight villages, industrial parks, and other forms of "logistics land"
  • Relationships between freight, socio-economics and labour trends
  • Land use implications of freight automation
  • Land use requirements for a diversity of freight modes (cargo bikes, delivery vans, freight crowdsourcing)

For more information or questions please contact: Andre Romano Alho, SMART MIT ; Matthew Roorda, University of Toronto

Latin America

As the Global South region with the highest rates of urbanization and very high levels of income inequalities, Latin America can provide leading examples and cautionary tales regarding land development and urban transport. Diverse papers on Latin America are welcome, although we are interested in contributions that examine:

  • Land development impacts of transport sector policy reform,
  • Transport and travel behavior impacts of land and land use policies,
  • Health effects of transport investments and their interaction with the built environment,
  • Specific cases of transport and land use integration, around mass transit and other modes, and
  • Evaluation of national and regional incentives (financial or otherwise) aimed at encouraging increased transport and land development integration

For more information or questions please contact: Erick Guerra, University of Pennsylvania,; Daniel Rodriguez, University of California Berkeley,

Accessibility and quality of life (NECTAR Special Session)

Accessibility, the ease of reaching destinations, is a comprehensive performance measure to monitor the land use and transport systems performance in any region around the world. Transport planners across the globe often advocate transport investments to increase accessibility and promote (local or regional) economic development. A more comprehensive approach would be to promote quality of life. The goal of this session will be to explore the relationship between accessibility and quality of life and how planning for accessibility can improve the quality of life for individuals in a region.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessibility impacts on travel behavior including mode choices, travel time, and activity space.
  • Accessibility impacts on urban development and changes in demographics in a region.
  • Accessibility and its link to job informality in the developing world.
  • Planning for accessibility and equity.
  • Access to transport services versus accessibility through transport.
  • Accessibility to traditional and non-traditional destinations such as fresh food, healthcare services, and recreation and entertainment facilities.
  • Comparable analysis of accessibility across different cities and its impacts on quality of life of individuals.

For more information or questions please contact: Karst Geurs, University of Twente,; Ahmed El-Geneidy, McGill University,, Geneviève Boisjoly, Polytechnique Montreal,

Public transport

The increasing demand and range of urban mobility make public transport systems a critical solution in accelerating the transition to sustainable urban development. Governments all over the world are investing more and more in improving the infrastructure of public transport systems. With the development of new tools, technology, ubiquitous data, and new transit modes (e.g., paratransit, shared mobility, and micro-mobility), the planning and operation of next generation public transport systems becomes an emerging question for researchers, planners, operators, and decision makers. The key is to better integrated different modes and networks of public transport systems to solve the accessibility, efficiency, sustainability, equity, and resilience issues. The focus of this call is to share innovative and novel ideas about the next generation public transport systems. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Ubiquitous data for public transport demand analysis and prediction
  • Big data applications in public transport planning and operation
  • Advanced traveller information systems in urban public transport systems
  • Designing and planning of multimodal urban public transport networks
  • Resilience in public transport systems
  • First- and last-mile problems in urban public transport systems
  • Intelligent mobility solutions/policies for better urban environment
  • Short- and long-term travel behavior analysis and prediction of public transport impacts on behaviour of marginalized groups
  • Crowdsourcing and “human as sensors” in public transport design and operation

For more information or questions please contact: Ehab Diab, University of Saskatchewan, ; Lijun Sun, McGill University,

Emerging data & technologies

The ever-evolving emerging data and technologies such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), Electric Vehicles (EVs) and shared mobility have offered both opportunities and challenges for the transport profession. This "emerging data and technologies" theme calls for bold and a variety of papers that touch upon a wide variety of topics relating to emerging data and technologies, including but not limited to: data related issues and methodologies to address those issues; case studies that use the emerging data to address behavior and policy questions; studies that model emerging modes of transport (CAVs, EVs, and shared mobility etc.) and investigate their implications on behaviors, land use and policies; social and equity issues arising from the use of emerging data and technologies; and development of tools and packages that enable the use of emerging data more accessible.

For more information or questions please contact: Cynthia Chen, University of Washington,; Brian Lee, Puget Sound Regional Council,

Access for all

Designing inclusive communities and public spaces provides both health and economic benefits for all of society. This requires that land use-transport systems and public spaces are designed such that everyone can access facilities and participate in social and economic activities. However, such access is at risk for vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, those who are aging, people with chronic conditions, and people on the lowest incomes. We welcome papers addressing limitations in access to transport systems and public spaces for the above groups, and policies and interventions to improve access. Papers may apply both quantitative and qualitative approaches, including participatory processes, interdisciplinary efforts, and innovative approaches for measuring the benefits and challenges of implementing inclusive designs that build greater access for all.

For more information or questions please contact: Dick Ettema, Utrecht University,; Amy Parker, Portland State University,


This theme calls for papers that explore empirical, technical, conceptual, and theoretical topics related to megaregions, mega-city regions, super-city regions, and city-cluster regions. Particular emphasis will be given to the relationship between emerging megaregional form and interregional transportation investments, such as high-speed rail and air transportation networks. We also welcome studies related to both megaregion and emerging transportation modes such as Shared Mobility, AV, and SAV.

For more information or questions please contact: Junfeng Jiao, University of Texas, Austin,; Ming Zhang, University of Texas, Austin,

PhD Dissertation Theme

If you have developed your dissertation and defended it between July 2017 and April 2020, and your dissertation is on transport and land use, WSTLUR will be hosting a special session for you to present your dissertation. We welcome you to submit posters for this session (in pdf format; maximum size 4' x 5' or 1189 mm x 1682 mm) through the submission portal, along with a 1,000-word abstract, by December 31, 2019. Please submit your paper to the track titled "PhD Dissertation Theme".

Your abstract should cover the following points: (1) the theoretical, empirical, and policy contributions of your dissertation to the field of transportation and land use; (2) the timeliness of the research question; and (3) innovation in data and methodological approach. We will convene an evaluation committee that will judge your work based on these criteria during the poster session. The winner of the poster session will be awarded the WSTLUR Best PhD Dissertation Award. On your abstract and poster, please indicate your current affiliation (or your degree granting institution).

In addition, please have your dissertation adviser send a letter of recommendation that verifies your graduation date by April 30, 2020 to: Raktim Mitra, Ryerson University,, Manish Shirgaokar, University of Colorado, Denver,

Other topics

All other papers on transport and land use issues that do not fit into the categories described above.

More information

For more information or questions please contact: Kelly Clifton, Portland State University,; Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota,