CODATU: Agir pour une mobilité soutenable dans les villes en développement
  MONDAY , FEBRUARY 3th, 2014

We wish to remind you that the call for abstracts is still open

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1st.

Call for abstracts CODATU XVI, 2-5 February 2015, Istanbul

Climate change, air quality and energy challenges:

the role of urban transport policies and countermeasures in developing countries and emerging economies

Transport is an integral component of sustaining livelihoods: without efficient urban transport mankind would not survive and develop and nor would economies. Yet, despite the immense benefits that transport enables, such as access to jobs, markets, education, and consumer goods and services via global supply chains, the transport sector generates substantial disbenefits. These include dependence on non-renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, local pollutions, road accidents and inequalities of access.

Such disbenefits clearly demonstrate that the transport sector is currently unsustainable economically, environmentally and socially. The way we transport people and goods must be radically changed. Many cities in the world have already started implementing effective policies and countermeasures that seek to avoid and reduce the usage of energy intensive motorised modes. These also bring improvements in accessibility, and hence increased options and opportunities of mobility. The challenge is for us all !

Applicable practices and suitable transferrable lessons are addressed in this conference under the following three Sub Themes:

  • Problems and Externalities of Transport
  • Policies and Countermeasures for motorised and non-motorised transport
  • Policies and Countermeasures for urban freight movement

Inevitably there are a number of cross cutting issues that can be addressed in any of the sub themes, namely: governance, institutional and social aspects, legislation/regulation, risk management, finance, public participation and role of NGOs.

Linking Europe and Asia and the North and South, Istanbul with its historical cultural heritage and with its current diverse transport challenges and successes is a unique location for the 16th CODATU conference to bring together politicians, planners, engineers, operators, and researchers.

Problems and Externalities of Transport (Sub Theme I)

Issues of urban sprawl, lack of coordination in land-use and transport planning, geographical constraints, diverse mobility needs of urban residents, informal housing, insufficient financing for transport infrastructure and management, and other problems cause considerable negative consequences globally and locally.

Globally, climate change and depletion of non-renewable energy are constraining social livelihoods. Locally, major externalities of transport include, but are not limited to, air pollution, traffic congestion, accidents, noise and other health issues, vibration, visual intrusion, community severance, and inequalities in accessibility.

Papers under this Sub Theme should seek to provide an improved understanding of the above problems and externalities, and/or to reflect on current and future challenges.

Policies and Countermeasures for motorised and non-motorised transport (Sub Theme II)

Climate change mitigation has become a priority in an international, national and local policy context. These cover reducing the need to travel, encouraging a modal shift to non-motorised and public transport, widespread use of technologies for energy-efficient vehicles and other mitigation policies. It is also necessary to address related policies of urban form, development patterns, and urban design approaches.

Social policies and planning approaches are needed to reduce access inequalities and improve the mobility of vulnerable groups such as the low income, elderly, children and youth, as well as those with reduced mobility.

Countermeasures include integrated urban transport, improvement of non-motorised transport infrastructures and facilities, improvement of formal and informal public transport, traffic law enforcement, road safety, travel demand management (e.g. flexible working hours, E-commerce, congestion and parking charges), constructing transport infrastructure facilities resilient to natural catastrophes (e.g., earthquake, flooding, tsunami), etc.

Papers under this Sub Theme should provide practical application of policies and countermeasures in the context of developing countries.

Policies and Countermeasures for urban freight movement (Sub Theme III)

Freight transport generates considerable environmental costs. There is a need for urban freight movement optimisation to minimise empty running through improved institutional and stakeholders’ coordination and more effective planning of industry and commerce location. Although Information and Communication Technologies rapidly improve the efficiency and utilisation of freight transport and fleet, their application in developing countries is lacking. Nevertheless, the global increase in E-commerce generates substantial utilisation of trucks and van delivery fleets.

Transport planning and engineering measures and tools for better management of coordinated truck and informal goods fleet movements in urban areas are essential. These can include application of electronic data interchange, efficient multi-mode terminals on city fringes, restricted hours and routes of delivery, safe transport of hazardous materials, related institutional and regulation elements, financial instruments, etc.

Papers under this Sub Theme should provide practical applications of management of urban freight transport by different modes.

Preparation of abstracts:

The abstracts should be no longer than 250 words in English or French, including:

- Sub theme
- Title
- Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s)
- Corresponding author name and e-mail address
- Objective
- Methodology
- Data
- Expected conclusions of the proposed paper.

Selection criteria:

The selection of papers will be made on the basis of their:

- Relevance to the theme and sub themes
- Quality
- Applicability and transferability
- Non-commercial marketing

Full papers based on accepted abstracts will be peer reviewed, and if accepted author registration fee payment by the indicated deadline is a condition for inclusion in the final programme of the Conference. For co-authored papers, at least one of the authors should make the registration fee payment.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts should be submitted online starting 15th of December 2013 and ending on 1st of March 2014.

Poster session:

Abstracts can also be submitted for Poster Session. The preparation guidelines and online submission deadline for poster abstracts are the same as above. There is no requirement for a full paper submission for posters.
Design guidelines of the posters will be sent to authors of accepted abstracts. Posters based on accepted abstracts will be peer reviewed, and if accepted author registration fee payment by the indicated deadline is a condition for inclusion in the final programme of the Conference. For co-authored posters, at least one of the authors should make the registration fee payment.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission – FINAL DATE: 1 March 2014
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31 March 2014
  • Full paper submission – FINAL DATE : 1 August 2014
  • Poster submission – FINAL DATE: 1 October 2014
  • Notification of acceptance of papers/posters: 31 October 2014
  • Author registration fee payment – FINAL DATE: 1 December 2014
  • Announcement of Programme: 15 January 2015
  • Conférence: 2-5 February 2015

International Scientific Committee:


Ela Babalık-Sutcliffe, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
David Maunder, International Transport Consultant, UK.


Laetitia Dablanc, French Institute of Science & Technology for Transport, Development & Networks, France.
Lourdes Diaz Olvera, Transport Economics Laboratory, France.
Dario Hidalgo, EMBARQ, Columbia.
Ali Huzzayin, Cairo University, Egypt.
Rao Krishna, Indian Institute of Technology, India.
Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institute, Germany.
Tatenda Mbara, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kevin McHenry, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia.
Kazuaki Miyamoto, Tokyo City University, Japan.
Hediye Tüydeş, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
Alper Ünal, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.
Varameth Vichiensan, Kasetsart University, Thailand.
Valerie Ongolo Zogo, University of Yaounde, Cameroon.

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