Sad news: our friend and good colleague Denis Maillat passed away on September 7th, in Neuchatel (CH), after a fight against leukemia. Denis was 73 years old.
After his Ph.D. from the University of Neuchatel and post-graduate studies in England and France, he became in 1969 one of the youngest professor in Neuchâtel. Later Denis was elected as “Rector” of his University from 1991 to 1995. He was also the Director of the Institute for Economic and Regional Research.
Co-founder of the GREMI in 1986 (Groupe de Recherche Européen sur les Milieux Innovateurs), Denis was one of the most respected researcher on industrial districts, territorial dynamics, innovative and learning regions. His books and papers in french and english are basic references in this field.
Past-President of ASRDLF (Associations de Science Régionale de Langue Française), he was also active in ERSA and WRSA. He was the organizer of many regional science workshops and meetings, includins the world RSAI one in Lugano.
Always open for discussion, friendly, Denis took always time to share a drink or a lunch, or join colleagues on field trips. Thank you, Denis, for your smile and your guidance. You will stay in our memories.
The Department of Geography and the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina invite applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Economic Geography with a primary research focus on environmental resources, issues, or sustainability to begin August 16, 2014. The successful candidate, who will have a Ph.D. in geography or a closely related field at the time of appointment, should have a research program that provides insights into the economic geographies of human-environment relations and actively engages with current theoretical discussions and debates within economic geography and across disciplines. The position is a joint appointment between the Department of Geography (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/geog/), which will serve as the tenure home, and the Environment and Sustainability Program (http://www.environ.sc.edu/), an interdisciplinary home for academic programs, research and scholarship, and community outreach activities that link environmental and sustainability initiatives at the University of South Carolina. The successful candidate will thus join an active, top-ranked geography program while also working and teaching within a dedicated, campus-wide community of scholars focused on developing and providing research- and policy-based solutions for the planet’s environmental and societal needs. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong record of publication and extramural funding, research and teaching interests that complement and expand existing strengths in human and physical geography and GIScience, and a demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary groups both on and off campus.
Candidates should provide a letter of application describing current and future research activities and teaching interests/experience, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of at least three referees. All materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Kirstin Dow, Search Committee Chair (mailto:email@example.com). Screening of applications will begin October 4 2013, though applications may be considered until the search is completed.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.
Doctoral Research Position at Department of Geography, University of Utah
Advisor: Dr. Steven Farber
External Co-Advisors: Harvey J. Miller and/or Morton O’Kelly
Start Date: January 1st 2014
Steven Farber is currently seeking a doctoral student for an NSF funded research position to investigate the social interaction potential of metropolitan regions. A project summary and several published articles in this research area can be found in the links below.
This is a 2-year position with a strong probability of continuation beyond the initial term for up to 4 years of total funding. The initial two year funding package includes salary, full tuition waiver, travel and limited fringe benefits.
The successful applicant must possess a Master’s degree in Geography, Computer Science, Urban Planning, or some other related discipline such as Economics, Regional Science or Civil Engineering. Candidates should have expertise in several of the following areas: GIScience, time geography, transportation, regional science and segregation. The research is computationally intensive and the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate competencies in scripting for GIS and data analysis, and be comfortable with learning how to modify and run C++ code in a cluster computing environment.
In order to meet the application deadline to our PhD program, interested candidates MUST APPLY TO THE PHD GEOGRAPHY PROGRAM BY OCTOBER 1st, 2013. Information about applying can be found at: http://www.geog.utah.edu/graduate-program.html. You may contact MaryAnn Golightly (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions concerning your PhD application.
Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the contact details for three references directly to Steven Farber (mailto:email@example.com) by September 27th, 2013. Please feel free to contact Dr. Farber with any inquiries about the position.
RAND Europe is a leading independent not-for-profit research organisation whose mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. For more information, please see www.randeurope.org.
Job: Associate Analyst/Analyst (Specialising in Economics) Innovation and Technology Policy
Salary Band: £20,000 – £39,000 depending on qualifications and experience
Job reference: 1166
Date of 1st Interview: Mid-September, 2013
Close date: September 6th, 2013
Location of post: Cambridge, UK
RAND Europe’s fast growing and dynamic Innovation and Technology Policy team works with a broad range of public and private sector decision-makers to inform key decisions on science, technology, innovation, ICT and information policy in the UK, Europe and globally with objective research, advice and capacity building activities. Your primary role will be to undertake research and analysis on behalf of our clients. The ideal candidate has an outstanding academic record and, preferably, a PhD, proven methodological skills, writing skills and experience in policy research. Applicants will also have quantitative and qualitative skills broadly applicable to at least some of the following: innovation policy, the economics of innovation, industrial policy, economic analysis of growth and development and ICT policy. Fluency in English is essential. The post is based in our Cambridge office but may involve travel to Brussels and other locations nationally and internationally.
As a member of the team you will enjoy a competitive salary and additionally benefit from the following:
- Above average employer contribution pension
- Permanent health insurance
- Group life assurance
- Private medical insurance
- Generous holiday allowance
- Child friendly policies
- Employee well-being initiatives
- Opportunity to explore policy areas, learn business development skills
- A friendly and dynamic work environment
- International network of researchers and policy makers
How to Apply
If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team please send us a covering letter, an up-to-date CV, a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience) and details of where you saw the vacancy by email to Recruitment@rand.org. For your information, we will only accept email applications. Please clearly state reference 1166 on all communications. Please note: all applicants will be asked for proof that they are eligible to work in the UK. RAND Europe is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design at UC Irvine invites applications from productive Planning scholars to fill an Associate or Assistant Professor position. The topical focus is open but candidates with research interests in the areas of the legal aspects of land use and environmental planning, planning theory, sustainable development, transportation, environmental planning, and/or international development planning are of special interest in the search. The successful candidate for this tenure-track position will have a Ph.D. in Planning and show clear evidence of strong ties to Planning scholarship and practice. A track record of external funding is desired.
Faculty members in the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design have been ranked in the top ten in scholarly productivity among all U.S. planning programs and a recent survey of over 350 Planning educators ranked UC Irvine’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program as the second best graduate Planning program in the U.S. and Canada. We have research strengths in land use and transportation, housing and community development, environmental policy and planning, inequality and economic opportunity, urban design, and regional governance and the faculty conducts research in U.S. and international settings. The department offers a Ph.D. degree in Planning, Policy, and Design, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, a collaborative Master of Public Policy degree, and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies.
For full consideration, candidates should apply by October 11, 2013. The position will remain open until filled. We anticipate that the successful candidate will start July 1, 2014. Candidates should apply online at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF02087 by submitting a cover letter, c.v., three letters of reference, publications or writing samples, and a brief statement of teaching interests and capabilities. For more information, please contact the search committee chair, Victoria Basolo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UC Irvine, with over 28,000 students, is a member of the Association of American Universities and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, public and private. The campus is located five miles from the Pacific Ocean and forty miles south of Los Angeles, in a dynamic region at the heart of the diverse Southern California metropolis. UC Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Irvine is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.
Geographical Analysis is currently looking for a new editor. The 2014 volume will be the sixth of current Editor Dan Griffith’s term. The board thanks him for his diligent and successful leadership. The expected transition will occur on or about July 1, 2014, and the new editor’s first named issue will be the 2015 volume. As well as having all the usual markers of excellence in academic judgment and endeavors, the prospective editor’s home institution is expected to be supportive. The appointment is initially for a three year term, with the possibility of renewal.
Contact for information: Morton O’Kelly, Chair, GA Executive Committee. email@example.com
The target date for receipt of expressions of interest is November 15, 2013.
Environics Analytics is currently seeking a Senior Research Associate/Economist to join the Custom Research team. The Custom Research team is responsible for the development and updating of most of Environics Analytics’ core products including DemoStats, LiquidAssets and WealthScapes. The Custom Research team is comprised of a group of multidisciplinary researchers headed by Dr. Tony Lea (Senior Vice President and Chief Methodologist) and Danny Heuman (Vice President of Custom Research). The successful applicant will be involved in a variety of projects including research and development and analytical research projects. The successful applicant will also have a multidisciplinary background in quantitative social science or regional science with experience in economics, demography, geography, and/or sociology.
The successful applicant will be involved in research involving regional and neighbourhood level models, generally with an economic flavour. Experience with applied microeconomic and econometric models is a definite advantage as well as experience with practical estimation and projection methods and technology. The role will involve modelling both pure economic and demographic variables such as populations, households, average household incomes, income distributions, etc. and any prior experience in this is a definite advantage. Some knowledge of demographic models and of operations research and both linear and non-linear optimization methods would also be helpful.
The role will have the following responsibilities:
- The most important aspect of the role (likely 60-75% of the time) is to theorize, design and build economic and demographic estimation and projection models for Canada – at all levels of geography from the nation down to the neighbourhood level (Dissemination Areas). The three key products involved here are DemoStats, LiquidAssets and WealthScapes (all three are described on our web site).
- The second aspect of the role (likely 25-40% of the time) is to design and build (or assist in these tasks), behavioural and/or predictive analytical models. These models are mostly statistical, related to marketing, CRM, shopping behaviour, subscribing, donating, dwelling selection, and the like.
Generally, the successful applicants will thrive in a highly quantitative role, developing and refining state-of-the-art geodemographic and geoeconomic methods and models in a dynamic environment.
This position is located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Applicants outside of the Toronto area must be willing to relocate to the Toronto area. This position will report either to the Senior Vice President and Chief Methodologist and/or the Vice President of Custom Research.
It is our desire to select a candidate before the end of the summer of 2013.
Salary will be commensurate with background, skills and experience.
Web site: http://www.environicsanalytics.ca
- An undergraduate degree is required (preferably in business, engineering or quantitative social science)
- A Master’s degree or higher and 5 or more years of relevant experience in academia, government or the private sector would be ideal
- A quantitative analytical skill set in economic spatial analysis and statistics are key
- Superb oral and written communication skills are essential along with the ability to write formal technical papers
- Experience with manipulating data in and retrieving data from large relational databases is preferred especially in an analytical setting
- The successful applicant should be comfortable working with large datasets (up to millions of rows and dozens of tables) and using linear and non-linear statistics (linear and non-linear regression, CHAID, etc.)
- Monte Carlo simulation and data mining techniques, while optional, would be useful
- Experience with ArcGIS (or similar GIS systems) would be ideal but optional
- Knowledge of Statistics Canada data programs is an asset
- We prefer someone who excels at and enjoys programming applied applications and models in some industry standard language (Alteryx, C#, MatLab and T-SQL) and the skill to use it in research practice
- A background using statistical software is a requirement with knowledge of SPSS and SAS JMP preferred
- Experience in goal-oriented applied research projects and models building, preferably with a geographical dimension, is desired
- Excellent interpersonal relations and demonstrated ability to work with others effectively in teams
- A strong work ethic, a passion for analytics, and a drive to succeed
- Proven ability to gather data, analyze and make recommendations
- A self-starter with the ability to work independently
- Ability to develop and present new ideas and conceptualize new approaches and solutions
- Proven analytical skills and systematic problem solving
Apply with detailed resumé or CV in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org
We monitor the web site regularly and will contact those persons of interest; please do not call.
World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2014
June 24-27, 2014 in Delft, the Netherlands
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2013
About the Symposium
We are pleased to announce the 2014 meeting of the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) to be held in Delft, the Netherlands, June 24 – June 27, 2014. The conference provides a unique international forum for academics and practitioners at the intersection of economics, planning, design, engineering, and other relevant disciplines. The Conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of the interaction between the dynamics of land use and transport, with an emphasis on the way in which the built environment can contribute to more sustainable transport in a rapidly changing world. Papers are welcome on a wide range of topics covering all modes of transport, both passenger and freight transport, at all spatial scales.
The prestigious Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) hosts this conference in the fabulous-to-visit & bicycle-friendly city of Delft, in the heart of the Randstad Holland. In addition to the technical program, the conference provides a day tour through parts of the Randstad, including transit-oriented development in the city of The Hague. Hotel rooms are pre-booked in the historical city center; within walking distance of the university campus (public transport is also available).
In addition to presentations based on peer-reviewed papers, the conference program will include confirmed plenary presentations from:
o Glenn Lyons (Professor of Transport and Society, University of the West of England, and founding Director of the Centre for Transport and Society);
o Patricia Mokhtarian (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology effective August 1, 2013); and
o Bert van Wee (Professor in Transport Policy ,Delft University of Technology, faculty Technology, Policy and Management).
Submission of Papers
WSTLUR seeks papers on the interaction of transport and land use.
Welcome domains include: engineering, planning, modeling, behavior, economics, geography, regional science, sociology, psychology, health, architecture and design, network science, and complex systems. Original papers must be submitted electronically November 30, 2013 for consideration. Full papers should be uploaded for peer review at https://www.jtlu.org/index.php/jtlu by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on Nov 30. See http://www.cts.umn.edu/events/wstlur/ for more details related to the conference.
All papers accepted for WSTLUR will be considered for publication in the Journal of Transport and Land Use.
WSTLUR welcomes all papers on the topic of transport and land use. In addition to this general call, special calls are listed below in alphabetical order.
1- Accessibility analysis and evaluation, led by Karst Geurs (email@example.com; University of Twente) and Ahmed El-Geneidy
(firstname.lastname@example.org; McGill University). This is a special session on accessibility modeling and analysis organized by NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research) Cluster 6 and WSTLUR. Although accessibility analysis has evolved from simple calculations to complex and detailed methods at fine levels of spatial resolution, there are many outstanding questions on accessibility analysis and modelling – and its practical use in transport planning. We particularly welcome papers on the use of accessibility measures in impact evaluations of transport investments, e.g. economic and social impact assessments, also in the light of network vulnerability and resilience issues.
2- Active Transport and Land use: led by Kevin J. Krizek (email@example.com; University of Colorado Boulder). Ideal papers for this special issue will explore detailed aspects of non-motorized travel and its interface with existing transport networks and urban form, policy, or other relevant dimensions of travel behavior or health. Selected papers from this session will be included in a special issue of JTLU. See the WSTLUR paper submission web page for detailed instructions.
3- Children and Youth Transport and Land Use Theory, Method and Applications: Led by Ron Buliung (firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Toronto) and Raktim Mitra (email@example.com; Ryerson Univeristy). A broad call for papers intended to draw attention to the connection between children and youth mobility and land use/ built environment. We invite international research focused on theory, innovative survey methods and applied research.
4- Empirical Studies of Automobile Parking and Travel: led by Dan Chatman (firstname.lastname@example.org; University of California, Berkeley): The strong influence of the supply and cost of automobile parking on automobile use is both intuitive and theoretically well-established. But there have been fewer empirical studies of how on-street and off-street automobile parking affect auto use or the use of other travel modes. A related issue is whether built environment characteristics like density, diversity, and design have been ascribed influences upon travel that are actually due to variations in the supply and cost of parking, Ideal papers for this special issue will address any aspect of parking supply as a built environment characteristic and its empirical relationship to travel patterns, or novel theoretical relationships that have not already been established in previous literature.
5- Integrated land use and Transport Models: led by Zachary Patterson (email@example.com; Concordia University, Montreal). The past two decades has seen the development and application of increasingly advanced integrated transport and land-use modeling systems. Papers on the application of these models into emerging areas (e.g. social equity), innovations in submodels of these complex modeling systems and their incorporation in the planning process are welcomed.
6- Network Structure: led by David Levinson (firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Minnesota), Stephen Marshall(email@example.com; University of College London), Kay Axhausen (firstname.lastname@example.org; ETH Zurich), and Basil Vitins (email@example.com;ETH, Zurich). The structure of transport networks depends on, and shapes both demand for travel and patterns of land use. Empirical and theoretical analyses of rules or grammars for generating networks and places, systematic characterization of networks, studies of the development and evolution of networks, comparative network analysis, and the relationship between network structure, land use, and travel behavior are welcome.
7- Transit Oriented Development (TOD): led by Kees Maat (C.Maat@tudelft.nl, at TU Delft). TOD principles have been developed in metropolitan areas, in order to promote more sustainable travel behaviour. Papers providing empirical evidence and discussing implementation and governance issues are welcomed.
When submitting your manuscript please verify which session stream you are interested in.
o Papers Due: November 30th, 2013
o Decisions for included papers: Early March 2014
o Final Papers Due (subject to acceptance): Late April 2014
o Early Registration Deadline: March 15th, 2014
o Conference: June 24-27, 2014
For questions regarding the conference please direct them to
o Kelly J. Clifton (Portland State University) at firstname.lastname@example.org
o Ahmed El-Geneidy (McGill University) at email@example.com
o Kees Maat (Delft University of Technology) at firstname.lastname@example.org
o Karst Geurs (University of Twente) at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you in the heart of Europe next summer!
Kara Kockelman & WSTLUR’s other Board Members
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is seeking an Associate Economist in the Regional Research Department. The Associate Regional Economist position requires extensive knowledge of relevant regional economic data, along with analysis of economic conditions and developments across the Fifth District. The position requires a firm grasp of basic economic theory, as well as demonstrated ability to analyze economic information and to write clearly, concisely, and under tight deadlines. The primary responsibilities include: Analyzing regional economic trends to develop content and write articles for the Bank’s publications and the public website; managing and producing Snapshot, which is a monthly compilation of data and summary of economic conditions across the Fifth District; and researching current and emerging trends and providing in-depth analysis of current economic conditions affecting the Fifth District.
Bachelor’s degree and master degree in economics or related field. One to two years of experience writing about economics issues for a lay audience.
To apply for Job ID #232241, please visit our website, http://www.richmondfed.org/about_us/careers/ and follow the links for ‘Careers.’ Three letters of reference should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday, July 16, 2013. An equal opportunity employer. Contact: Recruiting Manager, HR Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, PO Box 27622, Richmond VA 23261. email: email@example.com.
THE BENJAMIN H. STEVENS 2014-2015
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN REGIONAL SCIENCE
Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Fifteenth Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, administered by the North American Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI). This Fellowship, in support of thesis research in Regional Science, is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend had a profound impact on the field. Regional Science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.
Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time the Fellowship commences. A requirement of the Fellowship is that the recipient has no duties other than dissertation research during the Fellowship, although the recipient may hold other fellowships concurrently. Applications from students working in any area or any Ph.D. program are welcome as long as their dissertation research addresses a question in Regional Science.
The Fellowship consists of a stipend in the amount of $30,000 (U.S.), paid over a twelve-month period. Applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Tony Grubesic, and received by February 15, 2014. An application consists of the following materials:
1. A curriculum vita of no more than two (2) pages in length.
2. A statement in ten (10) pages or less explaining the questions and issues to be addressed, the approach to be used, and the product expected from the thesis research, preceded by a summary (1-page maximum) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, and the broader impacts that may result. The 10-page limit is inclusive of references, but exclusive of tables and figures. This text should be in 12 point or larger font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; references may be single-spaced.
3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
In addition, the thesis supervisor shall provide a confidential letter sent separately as an attachment from her/his email account with the student’s name in the subject line to Tony Grubesic firstname.lastname@example.org. In the letter the supervisor should assess the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research, specify the current state of progress toward the candidate’s degree and provide a commitment by the thesis supervisor to obtain a tuition waiver for the candidate for the year of the Fellowship. A condition of the Fellowship is the granting of a tuition waiver for the year of the Fellowship by the university, or equivalent payment of the student’s tuition.
Applications should be emailed to Professor Tony Grubesic. Questions may also be sent to him at email@example.com. For information about NARSC, go to http://www.narsc.org/newsite/. For information about RSAI, go to http://www.rsai.org.