World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2021

August 9-11, 2021

The 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) was held virtually August 9-11, 2021, hosted by Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. The conference featured over 100 papers, with authors from 30 different countries around the globe, keynote speakers and panel discussions, networking opportunities, a dissertation competition, and some fun, interactive sessions.

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Paper Awards and Abstracts

Opening Keynote: Dr. Susan Handy

Susan Handy

Distinguished Professor at University of California Davis

Susan Handy is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California, Davis, where she also chairs the graduate program in Transportation Technology and Policy. Her research focuses on travel behavior and transportation planning.  Recent projects examine bicycling as a mode of transportation and strategies for reducing automobile dependence.

Closing Keynote: Dr. Juan Pablo Bocarejo Suescun

Associate Professor at the Universidad de los Andes

Juan Pablo Bocarejo Suescun

Juan Pablo Bocarejo is a professor of Transportation at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. His research has focused in different fields such as transport economics, land use and transport, accessibility and road safety. on the topics of interest of WSTLUR he has developed studies and researh of impacts of innovative transport projects such as Metro, Cablecar and BRT on density, land use and accessibility, as well as the opportunity to develop value capture schemes. For the last 4 years he was in charge of the mobility sector in the city as Secretary of Mobility in the term of Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. In those 4 years Bogota succeded to start the construction of its first metroline, increased the use of bicycle in 40% reaching 1.2 million trips per day, managed to reduce road fatalities in 15%, implemented one of the largest low emission bus fleet in Latin America, and started interesting urban projects with an innovative PPP system.

Keynote Panel:

Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary: Coordinating Transportation and Land Use at the Regional Scale

Portland city view

Oregon’s system of land use planning requires every urban area to have an urban growth boundary (UGB). Portland’s regional government (Metro) established the first one for the region in 1979. Since then, the UGB has been the cornerstone of efforts to integrate land use and transportation planning. This panel of local scholars, policymakers, and practitioners will reflect on the history and impact of Portland’s UGB and discuss its future in light of growing concerns over housing affordability, auto dependence, and racial equity.

Sy Adler, Ph.D.

Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Interim Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs
Portland State University

Dr. Adler conducts research about urban planning in the city, region, and state. He has published three books on planning in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon Plans: The Making of an Unquiet Land-Use Revolution, a dissection of the political history of the Oregon statewide land-use planning program. He is currently writing a book-length complement to that work, an historical analysis of the original growth boundary around the Portland metropolitan area. A short version, "A Historical Perspective on the Metropolitan Portland Urban Growth Boundary," was published in Planning the Pacific Northwest, in 2015.

Lynn Peterson

Chair, Metro Council

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson leads the nation’s only elected regional government, representing over 1.7 million Oregonians in the Portland area. In this role, Peterson directs a staff of more than 800, charged with affordable housing and parks investments, protection of farms, forests and water resources, planning and investments in transportation, overseeing tourism and cultural venues as well as management of garbage and recycling. A transportation and land use expert with degrees in engineering and planning, Peterson served in Salem as senior advisor to former Gov. John Kitzhaber, before a three year tenure as director of the Washington State Department of Transportation, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Marisa Zapata, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Director, Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative
Portland State University

As an educator, scholar, and planner, Dr. Zapata is committed to achieving spatially - based social justice by preparing planners to act in the face of the uncertain and inequitable futures we face. She is especially concerned about equitable planning for uncertain futures in highly diverse communities. Dr. Zapata has conducted research in Oregon, Ohio, California, and Costa Rica. She now directs a multi-disciplinary, campuswide research center at Portland State that addresses the challenges of homelessness through research that uncovers conditions that lead to and perpetuate homelessness.


Presentation videos and full papers are available to registered attendees for six months after the conference.

Conference Co-Chairs

Kelly Clifton, Jennifer Dill, and Yingling Fan

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Past Symposiums

2017 Symposium

July 3-6, 2017
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2014 Symposium

June 24-27, 2014
Delft, the Netherlands

2011 Symposium

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