World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017

July 3rd- July 6th, 2017
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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We are pleased to announce that the 2017 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 3rd- July 6th, 2017. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners working at the intersection of transportation planning, engineering, economics and policy. The conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of the dynamic interaction between land use and transport, with strong interest in how the built environment can contribute to more sustainable transport in a rapidly changing world. Papers are welcome on all modes of personal, passenger, and freight transport on all spatial scales (see Call for Papers). The conference brings together researchers and topics from all parts of the world.

The conference program will feature peer-reviewed paper presentations, workshops, technical tours, and plenary presentations from:

In addition to a thorough exploration of a wide range of land use and transportation issues, the 2017 conference will emphasize two spotlight themes: technological change and equity. Specifically, how will technological change influence the development of land use and transportation systems in the future? What equity issues will emerge via future changes in land use and transportation systems? How do technology and equity relate in the context of land use and transportation systems?


Online registration for the WSTLUR symposium is through PayPal.

  • Register online with PayPal
  • Registration contact: Yingling Fan, or (612) 626-2930.
  • Cancellation policy: WSTLUR will keep 50 percent of the registration fee for cancellation requests received after May 26, 2017.


Early registration
(by March 31, 2017)
Regular registration
(after March 31, 2017)



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PhD Thesis Competition



Key Dates

  • Initial Papers Due to JTLU for Conference Consideration: October 31st, 2016
  • Decisions about Conference Acceptance (Reviewer Comments Provided): Early March 2017
  • Early Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Most Recent Accepted Paper Drafts that have been uploaded to the JTLU website are considered as the Conference Proceedings: Early May 2017
  • Conference: July 3rd-6th, 2017
  • Revision Deadline for Publication Consideration. Responses to Reviewers and Revised Draft must be submitted to JTLU: August 2017

Call for PhD Thesis Abstracts for Best Student Thesis Award

The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) invites recent PhD graduates and PhD candidates who will defend their theses prior to the conference (thesis defense dates between July 1, 2015 and July 3, 2017) to submit an abstract summarizing their completed thesis or portion of their completed thesis to the WSTLUR 2017 Symposium in Brisbane. Portions of the theses are allowed to have been presented previously at other conferences. These thesis abstracts will be considered for presentation at the conference and will be considered for the Best Student Thesis Award. People who have their thesis abstract accepted will be allowed to register for the conference at the student rate. The winner will receive an award certificate signed by WSTLUR leadership and be recognized at the conference.

Submission instructions: Abstracts should be a maximum of 1,000 words. They should be accompanied by a short letter from the thesis advisor(s) supporting the application and explaining (in less than 100 words) why the thesis merits the award and confirming the completion of their defense or providing the expected defense date. Abstracts and advisor support letters should be submitted by e-mail directly to Student Thesis Award Chair, Dr. Kelly Clifton, Portland State University ( The submission deadline is March 31, 2017.


The symposium includes four keynote speaker addresses, approximately 100 peer-reviewed paper presentations, and several technical and non-technical tours.

It also includes four workshops designed to generate interactive discussion on specific themes listed above. Each workshop will include a summary presentation from a workshop leader followed by the presentation of resource papers. All workshops should leave enough time for significant audience involvement.

Hotel Accommodations

The conference hotel is the Park Regis, North Quay in Brisbane.

To make a reservation, fill out the form below and email it to or call their reservation team at +61 7 3013 7200.

Travel Information

Brisbane Airport is the main gateway servicing the city.

Brisbane Airtrain runs express rail services from stations just outside both terminals to the city centre. A letter offering discount pricing for WSTLUR delegates has been sent to those who have registered. Services run from approx. 5.00am to 10.00pm on weekdays with less services on weekends. See or the information boards inside the terminals. If you are staying at the Park Regis North Quay we recommend alighting at Roma Street station which is 600m walk from the hotel. You can use the journey planner at to map out your journey to there or other destinations in Brisbane.

Taxis operate from a rank outside both the Domestic and International terminals.

Uber operates in Brisbane and there is a separate area for drop-off/pick-up.

Roma Street Coach Terminal / Busway Station / Railway Station is the main ground transportation hub for long-distance travel. Scheduled for demolition in the near future it is only 600m walk to the Park Regis and close to many of the main youth hostels and backpacker accommodation providers.

Translink provides ferries, buses and trains across South East Queensland, provided by operators including Brisbane City Council's high-quality bus services. On registration delegates will be provided with a 4-day GoCard offering free public transport on all Translink operated trains, buses and ferries across South East Queensland, excluding Airtrain services. This includes bus services to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and to other tourist destinations in the city. To plan your journey go to

CityCycle bikeshare operates across a large area of inner Brisbane. A casual pass costs as little as $2 and journeys under 30mins are free. Helmets are compulsory in Australia but many bikes are provided with helmets. For more details and conditions see

To get to the conference dinner you will need to get to the Story Bridge Hotel at 200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point. A short taxi ride from the city centre will get you there. Free CityHopper ferries make the short crossing every 10 to 15 minutes from Eagle Street Pier on the eastern side of the central business district for the Thornton Street Pier at Kangaroo Point, a short walk from the hotel. See for other options.


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Brisbane is Australia's main sub-tropical city and the nation's third largest by population with over two million residents. The capital city of the state of Queensland, Brisbane enjoys year-round sunshine and blue skies. The conference venue will be near the vibrant downtown and Southbank precincts which have some of Australia's most visited galleries, museums and parklands, great restaurants and cafes, waterside walking and cycling paths, a public bicycle hire scheme, busways, river ferry terminals and a wide range of high-quality accommodation options. Brisbane is only an hour away from both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Australia's most popular beach resorts. Further north is the Great Barrier Reef. The conference is being hosted by Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology–Brisbane's largest and most prestigious teaching and research universities.

Call for Proposals to Host WSTLUR 2020

The World Symposium on Transport and Land use (WSTLUR) seeks proposals to host the 2020 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. The triennial symposium brings together leading transport and land use researchers, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for disseminating information in this field. All proposals should be sent to the current WSTLUR conference chairs (João de Abreu e Silva, and Robert Schneider, before May 1, 2017. More details are provided in the Call for Proposals document below.


For questions regarding the conference please direct them to:

WSTLUR Conference Co-Chairs

João de Abreu e Silva, Técnico Lisboa,
Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,

Local Organizing Committee

Matthew Burke, Griffith University,
Neil Sipe, University of Queensland,

WSTLUR Conference Organizing & Scientific Committees


Brisbane City Council logo Griffith University logo Queensland Government logo
University of Sydney logo Center for Transportation Studies logo National Center for Sustainable Transportation logo

Past Symposiums

2014 Symposium

June 24-27, 2014
Delft, the Netherlands

2011 Symposium

July 28-30, 2011
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada