World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017

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

Image of light-rail

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.


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



Standard One Day





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 will include four keynote speaker addresses, approximately 100 peer-reviewed paper presentations, and several technical and non-technical tours. Preliminary program to be added in April 2017.

Depending on the quality and alignment of the papers submitted in each topic area, up to four workshops will be organized 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 3 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.


View of city

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