Call for Papers

The one day programme of the CITTA 6th Annual Conference on Planning Research comprises an opening session, plenary sessions and parallel thematic sessions. Keynote speakers will participate in the plenary sessions, but the parallel thematic sessions will include selected papers.

The interested authors are invited to submit papers to one of the following general tracks:

This theme deals with all research undertaken in the field of transport demand management measures and strategies. These strategies are meant to change travel behaviour (how, when and where people travel) in order to increase transport system efficiency and achieve specific planning objectives. They include new transport alternatives, land use planning, road pricing, parking management, PT improvements and policy and institutional reforms.

The social context in Europe is changing quickly. The population is aging; people are traveling further to work; families’ budget for traveling is decreasing; and young generations are demanding cleaner and smarter transport systems. This new paradigm raises the debate on public transport services, green vehicles, and on inclusive transport systems. New mobility solutions are needed in order to provide smarter mobility for all without compromising sustainability goals.

Today’s land developments planning solutions have a major impact on future mobility. The design of integrated and multi-functional urban (and interurban) structures facilitates the development of smart and inclusive mobility solutions, promoting a better use of transport systems. The use of mobility metrics in land-use policies and planning practices can bring new challenges/solutions for transport planning.

The rehabilitation of urban spaces is consolidated on the agenda of the new dynamics of intervention on the urban space. In this context, the rehabilitation of historic core zones or areas whose traditional activities went into decline, acquires special focus by concerns about the quality of the regenerated areas. These concerns focus on the design of new spaces in a perspective of integrated resolution of problems, which might be called sustainable urbanism. A central aspect of this regeneration is the importance of the public space in which, in turn promoting sustainable mobility plays a fundamental role, in order to guarantee functionality and quality of life. This includes circulation, parking, pedestrianized areas, shared areas and public transport, and these issues should be integrated in urban regeneration projects.

The possibilities of acting on the territories, making diagnoses and planning the future, has been enhanced in recent decades with the development of several tools, many with computer support. Such tools usually include an interface with geo-referenced information and a data set that binds to these platforms for conducting analyzes. Moreover these platforms allow the establishment of future scenarios, providing a decision support and dramatically increasing the efficiency of investments. However, much remains to be done in this area, particularly in the importance of ensuring the availability of data.

This theme deals to solve multi-disciplinary traffic engineering problems in order to achieve a sustainable balance between different modes of transport: pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, cars and public transport. Better traffic control systems for improved response times by priority and sustainable transport modes. Microsimulation models developments and applications. Traffic flow theory.

Road death and injury remain an enormous issue on roads all over the word. This topic covers methods and measures for reducing the risk of accidents. Best-practice road safety strategies and design focus upon the prevention of serious injury. Accidents Modelling. Speed management and strategies to speed control. Safe road design providing a road environment which ensures vehicle speeds within the human tolerances. Conflict analyses techniques. Groups with higher risks.

The effects of increasing traffic, climate change, and the need of safety have to be met by even more effective infrastructure management systems. The challenge is to use environmentally friendly materials and technologies providing a sustainable and safe road infrastructure system.
This topic will cover all aspects of transport infrastructures, including: innovative asset management systems; life-cycle modelling (LCCA, LCA, etc.); innovative decision-aid tools and optimisation models; innovative pavement performance prediction models; new technologies for asset monitoring and data acquisition; sustainable maintenance and rehabilitation strategies; pavement materials and bituminous mixtures; case studies and experiences from implementation.