World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017

Call for Papers

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The World Symposium on Transport and Land use (WSTLUR) seeks original papers (not submitted elsewhere) on the interaction of transport and land use. Papers must be submitted by October 31st, 2016. WSTLUR membership is not required to submit a paper. Each conference registrant may be a co-author on multiple papers, but there is a limit of one presentation per registrant.

WSTLUR welcomes all papers on the topic of transport and land use interactions in the following scientific domains: engineering, planning, modeling, behavior, economics, geography, regional science, sociology, psychology, health, architecture and design, network science, and complex systems. Sessions will be developed from high-quality papers received. We are seeking papers on all themes described below, including the two conference spotlight themes indicated by asterisks (*). Theme leaders will be in charge of the paper review and selection process.

Paper Themes

Technological change*

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How do newly emerging disruptive technologies shape or change transportation and land use systems? How can we integrate technological and land use strategies to achieve long term planning goals? What is the role of land use in smart cities? Specific topics include the connection between land use and transportation 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.

Theme leaders: Meead Saberi, Monash University; João de Abreu e Silva, Técnico Lisboa


Public and private transport services are unevenly distributed, spatially and socioeconomically. Their environmental, economic, and accessibility impacts may sometimes ameliorate and at other times deepen existing inequalities. Integrated land use and transport planning has similarly uneven impacts, and may sometimes serve the interests of the affluent while neglecting those of lesser means. Access to transport opportunities created by ICT advances is a particularly recent concern. Who will benefit from current and prospective land use and transportation planning and policies, and how do these impacts vary within cities, metropolitan regions, countries, and regions of the world? Examples of potential topics include gentrification and displacement caused by land use and transport planning; implications of the emergence of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) for accessibility for different groups; participatory processes in land use and transport planning; ethnic/racial discrimination in land and transport markets; and environmental justice issues related to modern forms of transport and land use planning.

Theme leaders: Dan Chatman, University of California, Berkeley; Corinne Mulley, University of Sydney; Ahmed El Geneidy, McGill University

Active travel

How do land use and urban design features stimulate active travel? How can we understand trends in active travel in different geographical settings and land use systems? What are the main health benefits of active travel, and what types of active travel are most effective in bringing about these benefits? What are health risks of active travel for specific (vulnerable) groups? How can methods and tools for measuring and modeling active travel be improved? What are the implications for land use and transport policies?

Theme leaders: Kelly Clifton, Portland State University; Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Transportation/land use systems in growing and shrinking cities

The world is urbanizing at a rapid pace. Cities in parts of Asia, Latin America, and Africa are growing at unprecedented speeds to unprecedented sizes. At the same time, many cities in wealthy nations are experiencing substantial population decline, while many others are attracting extreme levels of immigration from poorer countries. How does this rapidly changing environment influence relationships between urban form and transportation? What relationships are stable across people, place, and time? How can transportation investments influence growth and decline? What are the implications for land use and transportation policies?

Theme leader: Erick Guerra, University of Pennsylvania, Joel Franklin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Social psychology, land use and travel behavior

Travel choices are conditioned by decisions about residential and work locations, and decisions about where to live and work are influenced by their implications for daily travel and accessibility of facilities. To date, the vast majority of studies of this interaction have assumed that individuals and households act as omniscient utility maximizers, in accordance with economic theory. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that decisions about travel and land use are based on alternative psychological mechanisms, and that studying those mechanisms is vital for understanding travel behavior and land use patterns. Examples of potential topics include the role of attitudes and values in residential, work and daily travel decisions; the psychological background of residential self-selection; the trade-off between daily and longer term decisions; the role of norms and environmental awareness; social influence on land use and travel decisions; motivation and self-control in travel behavior change; behavior change and adherence in response to interventions or rewards; and the impact of land use and daily travel on well-being.

Theme leaders: Susan Handy, University of California, Davis; Dick Ettema, Utrecht University

Emerging transportation/land use issues in Asia

Papers that examine and/or discuss emerging transportation and land use issues in Asia, in the contexts of large-scale urbanization, technology advancement, and unique demographic and cultural aspects. Topics may include: planning and policy implications of shared use mobilities in Asian cities; how the introduction of disruptive technologies in Asia is changing travel patterns, dynamics and behavior; transport and land use interaction in Asia's small and medium sized cities; governance of transport and land use in Asia's megacities and city-regions; and equitable and inclusive transport in Asian cities.

Theme leaders: Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota; Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, University of Queensland

Other topics

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

Theme leaders: David Levinson, University of Minnesota; João de Abreu e Silva, Técnico Lisboa; Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Paper Types

We are soliciting three types of papers:

  1. Thought-provoking, visionary papers
  2. Standard-length papers
  3. Short papers

Thought-Provoking, Visionary Papers

A specific conference stream will be dedicated to short, thought-provoking, visionary papers focusing on the two spotlight conference themes, technological change and equity, as they relate to land use and transportation systems. These papers should be 2000-3000 words in length, including a maximum of 2 figures or tables. They should aim to discuss future trends and policy and focus less on data and methods. Short, visionary papers that are accepted will be presented in a TED-style talk at the symposium and published in a special issue of JTLU.

Standard-Length Papers

Standard-length papers are welcome on any topic relating to interactions between land use and transportation, including technological change and equity (see complete list above). Most standard-length papers that are accepted will be placed into typical break-out sessions.

Short Papers

Short papers (~1500 words) are welcome on any topic relating to interactions between land use and transportation, including technological change and equity (see complete list above). Short papers briefly document original data analysis (generally using established methods and testing previously proposed theories). They are straightforward, clearly denoting the hypothesis, methods, and results, without an extensive literature review or discussion of policy implications.


The Journal of Transportation and Land Use (JTLU) is the official journal of WSTLUR. All papers submitted to the conference will be submitted through the JTLU website by midnight (anywhere in the world), October 31, 2016. All papers must be unpublished original papers, which excludes papers presented at any other international conferences including the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (papers presented at a local conference are allowed) or papers submitted to another journal. Each conference registrant may be a co-author on multiple papers, but there is a limit of one presentation per registrant.

Papers are normally submitted for both presentation and publication, and will undergo peer review. Peer review comments will be included when authors are notified of their paper’s status. Some papers may only be accepted for presentation at the conference. A selective set of papers will be invited to continue with the publication process. All authors (including presentation-only papers and papers invited for the publication process) may upload a revised version of their paper to the JTLU website by early May 2017 (prior to the conference) so that it can be included in the conference proceedings. If an updated version is not received, the original submission will be included in the conference proceedings.

For papers invited for the publication process, the first revision and subsequent revisions may be submitted up until the revision due date in August 2017 (though no additional peer review will take place until after the revision due date). Each revision should include a revised paper and response to reviewer comments. Some authors may be asked to go through additional rounds of review after the revision due date for JTLU publication consideration.

Authors wanting to submit a paper for presentation only should seek the advice of the conference co-chairs before submission.

Submission guidelines can be found on the JTLU website. When submitting your manuscript, please identify a conference theme. Authors are also required to include the following text in the footer of their paper: “Submitted for the WSTLUR 2017 Conference, Brisbane.” All papers should be uploaded for peer review at the JTLU website prior to midnight (anywhere in the world), October 31st, 2016.