World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2021

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) has been rescheduled and will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA from August 9-13, 2021. Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the conditions for travel in August, we have decided, after much discussion, that the conference will be 100% virtual. We seek original papers on the interaction of transport and land use from the broad set of disciplines. Papers must be submitted by March 15, 2021. 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. Sessions will be developed from high-quality papers received. Authors of a select number of papers will be invited, based upon their conference reviews, to submit their paper for review for publication in the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

Due to the postponement of WSTLUR 2020 due to COVID-19, authors who submitted papers to the original call for papers may resubmit the same papers for consideration, as long as they have not been presented elsewhere. These resubmissions will retain the same reviewers for continuity in the process; however, we do ask that authors explain what changes, if any, have been made to the paper since the last review.

We are specifically interested in seeking papers from the 10 tracks and nominations for the Best Thesis Award, described below. In addition to a track, we encourage papers that fit into one or both of these two new cross-cutting themes. We recognize that papers on these topics may fit into any of the track topic areas.


Submissions are open now. Submission deadline is March 15, 2021. Authors are encouraged to use the paper formatting guidelines and templates for the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

Important Dates

March 15, 2021 Paper submission deadline
May 10, 2021 Authors will be notified whether the paper is accepted for a conference presentation or not.
July 1, 2021 Authors submit revised papers to be included in WSTLUR online proceedings.
August 9-13, 2021 Authors present their papers at the WSTLUR Conference
Mid-September, 2021 Authors will be notified whether the paper is invited for possible JTLU publication.
September 30, 2021 Authors invited for possible JTLU publication submit revised papers to All papers will go through a JTLU peer review process.

Cross-cutting Themes

Social Justice and Racial Equity

Equity and justice are central to all areas of transportation and land use research. WSTLUR is committed to elevating these issues and we encourage papers that address this theme in all of our tracks below.


The global pandemic has had a profound impact on our lives. WSTLUR 2021 would like to highlight papers that explore the transportation and land use connections to the spread of COVID-19, its impacts, and potential preventative measures across any of our tracks below.

Paper Tracks

Housing and transport

This track explores the various links between housing development, location choice, and travel outcomes, including both affordable and market rate housing. Topics include but are not limited to the broad areas of housing development process, parking provision & automobile ownership, housing constraints and neighborhood choice, gentrification and travel, self-selection bias, and housing value and transportation amenities.

For more information or questions please contact: Kristina Currans, University of Arizona, or 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, or 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, or Masanobu Kii, Kagawa University,

New Mobilities

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.

For more information or questions please contact: John MacArthur, Portland State University, or Haotian Zhong, Renmin 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 transportation such as autonomous freight delivery.

For more information or questions please contact: Miguel Jaller, University of California Davis, or Cara Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

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 transportation. Diverse papers on Latin America are welcome, although we are interested in contributions that examine: Land development impacts of transport sector policy reform, transportation and travel behavior impacts of land and land use policies, health effects of transportation and built environment investments, specific cases of transport and land use integration around mass transit, 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, or 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.

For more information or questions please contact: Karst Geurs, University of Twente,, Cecilia Silva, University of Porto,, or Ahmed M. El-Geneidy, McGill University,

Public Transportation

The focus of this call is to share innovative and novel ideas about the next generation public transport systems. The increasing demand and range of urban mobility make public transport systems a critical solution in accelerating the transition to sustainable urban development. 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.

For more information or questions please contact: Ehab Diab, University of Saskatchewan, or Emily Grise, University of Alberta,

Emerging Data & Technologies

The rapid advance of technology has enabled passive data collection through state-of-the-art resources such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), Electric Vehicles (EVs), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, smartphone applications, LiDAR, traffic cameras, road sensors, social media, and volunteered geographic information. These emerging data and technologies have enabled a series of innovations to deal with transport operations, planning, and management, but they have also shaped the behavior of system users. What opportunities and challenges do these emerging data and technologies create for transport researchers and practitioners today? This call for papers seeks studies exploring emerging data and technologies with regard to transport systems such as automobiles, public transit, walking, biking, and freight.

For more information or questions please contact: Alireza Ermagun, Mississippi State University, or Geoff Boeing, University of Southern California,


The links between transportation, the built environment, and health are many - air quality, crashes, physical activity, stress, noise, etc. In this call, WSTLUR welcomes papers from a variety of disciplines that establish correlations and causal links, model outcomes, test policies, and build theories across the broad range of ways health intersects our transport and land use.

For more information or questions please contact: Jennifer Kent, University of Sydney, or Ipek Sener, Texas A&M University,

Best Thesis Award

WSTLUR invites recent PhD graduates and PhD candidates to submit an extended abstract (maximum 1,000 words) of their thesis for the WSTLUR Best Thesis Award. Your abstract should highlight contributions to transport and land use, and specifically 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/or (3) innovation in data and methodological approach. We will convene an evaluation committee to judge the submissions based on these criteria.

Candidates who have their thesis abstract accepted will be invited to give a short presentation during the conference. The winner will receive a certificate signed by WSTLUR leadership, and a $1,000 cash award.

Those who have successfully completed their PhD degree between July 2017 and July 2021 are eligible. Submissions 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 Chairs, Dr. Raktim Mitra ( and Dr. Manish Shirgaokar ( The submission deadline is May 31, 2021.


Submissions are open now. Submit your paper. Submission deadline is March 15, 2021.

Authors are encouraged to use the paper formatting guidelines and templates for the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

More information

For more information or questions please contact Conference Co-Chairs: Kelly Clifton, Portland State University, or Jennifer Dill, or Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota,