This award highlights the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation. It honours researchers under 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm from one of ITF's 60 member countries. The Award carries a prize of 5 000 euros.
The 2020 Award applications are from 41 different research institutions worldwide, including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA; Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands; Harvard Law School, USA; the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).
Due to travel restrictions in place to combat Covid-19, the 2020 Award will take place exclusively online on 27 May with ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim and presentation of the winning paper - Register now
The four shortlisted papers:
Max Arnell of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Max Arnell delves into issues around micro-mobility, equity and urban planning with his research paper on Shared Electric Scooters and Transportation Equity: A Cross-City Analysis. Following a surge in shared electric scooters, Arnell examines patterns and differences in scooter use using trip-level scooter data from Nashville and San Diego, along with the Communities of Concern metric to assess marginalisation. He uses geographic analysis and a spatial regression model to identify associated factors, and uses Open Trip Planner to simulate scooter trips via public transit. His research finds, firstly that when rides originate in Communities of Concern, they are more likely to be of a greater distance. Secondly, that e-scooters generally have a time efficiency advantage over public transit on short trips. And thirdly, that scooter rebalancing activity is the most important factor in predicting scooter use.
Anne de Bortoli of the University of Patras - Ecole Nationale des Ponts ParisTech. De Bortoli employs a consequential Life Cycle Assessment (cLCA) model to capture the environmental consequences of the entire cause and effect chain of urban mobility disruptions with her research paper, titled Transportation Consequential Life Cycle Assessment: Method and Application to the Emergence of Free-Floating E-Scooters in Paris. This method is applied to quantify the impact on climate change of the emergence of free-floating e-scooters (FFES) in Paris. A FFES user survey is conducted to estimate the modal shifts due to FFES. For the first time using cLCA, trip substitutions from all Parisian transport modes concerned are considered. Final results estimate that over one year, the FFES generated 11 000 extra tons of CO2eq under an assumption of 1 million users, mainly due to major shifts coming from lower-emissions modes (60% from metro and RER [regional train network], 22% from active modes). A scenario analysis shows that increasing the lifetime mileage is insufficient to achieve a positive balance. Instead, drastically reducing servicing emissions is required in Paris.
Rajali Maharjan of Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute. With his research paper, titled Integrating Sustainability in Supply Chain Network Design, Maharjan addresses a gap in the literature by developing three models to illustrate the sequential impact of integrating different components of sustainability on supply chain network design decisions. The first model incorporates the traditional efficiency-based objective, the second model incorporates two components of sustainability, and the third model incorporates all three components of sustainability to determine the optimal configuration of a supply chain network. Finally, numerical analysis is conducted to demonstrate the impact of integrating sustainability in supply chain network design and compare the results of the three models.
Karin Markvica of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH. Markvica argued in her research paper, titled Promoting Active Mobility Behavior by Addressing Information Target Groups: The Case Of Austria, that an increase in active mobility can only be achieved by changing citizens’ mobility behaviour. Therefore, transport policy should focus on three things above all: 1) individuals’ decision-making processes, 2) providing adequate information sources and services, and 3) creating appropriate incentives and motivation. In order to reach people more effectively, efforts to bring about behavioural change must be target-group specific. Influencing factors such as mobility habits, attitudes towards transport modes, shared social norms and values must be considered. Markvica applies methods from social sciences to identify homogeneous groups of shared mobility-related information needs and extracts appropriate group-related arguments to promote active mobility (e.g. health, environment, costs, image, or adventure). The paper’s methodology consists of six comprehensively-defined homogeneous target groups derived from 12 qualitative focus groups. Moreover, a survey among a representative sample of 1 000 persons in Austria is presented. Based on the outcomes, customised concepts for each specific target group (arguments, information needs, and preferred information channels) have been developed.
The top 12 Award submissions:
Shared Electric Scooters and Transportation Equity: A Cross-City Analysis
Anne de Bortoli
Transportation consequential Life Cycle Assessment: method and application to the emergence of free-floating e-scooters in Paris
Location of charging stations in electric car sharing systems.
Exploring Preferences for Transportation Modes in an Urban Air Mobility Environment: Munich Case Study
Maria Alonso Gonzalez
Drivers and barriers in adopting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – A latent class cluster analysis of attitudes
Towards Sustainable Transport in Developing Countries: The Demand for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in Metro Manila
Reducing ride-hailing empty vehicle travel with future travel demand prediction
Integrating Sustainability in Supply Chain Network Design
Who Wants to Share? Exploring the Factors that Affect the Frequency of Use of Ride-hailing and the Adoption of Shared Ride-hailing
Promoting active mobility behaviour by addressing information target groups: the case of Austria
Potential last‐mile impacts of crowd-shipping services: a simulation‐based evaluation
Automated taxis’ dial-a-ride problem with ride-sharing considering congestion-based dynamic travel times
Transport Achievement Award
This award recognises a demonstrated achievement linked to a significant innovation in sustainable development, across one or more of the transport modes. Innovations in transport policies, business models and technologies can play a critical role in mitigating transport-related emissions, pollution and congestion; providing a pathway to a sustainable future. Details of the 2020 edition of this award will follow.