NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research) 2013 International Conference
St. Miguel, Azores Islands (Portugal), 16-18 June 2013
It is our pleasure to announce the XII NECTAR International Conference, to be held at the University of the Azores, St. Miguel, Azores Islands (Portugal), from 16 to 18 June 2013.
Theme of the Conference:
Dynamics of Global and Local Networks
The Conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of the way in which transport and communications networks are evolving in a rapidly changing world. It will consider the complex and diverse challenges facing providers of transport and communications services and those responsible
for establishing the associated institutional structures. Attention will be paid to the role and evolution of transport and communication networks, global and transatlantic as well as regional and local, with an emphasis on the context of peripheral territories and related local networks. The island of St. Miguel in the Azores Islands (Portugal), located between Europe and United States, will serve as the ideal platform for discussing these topics. The meeting will provide a plenary session for keynote speakers, sessions with presentations of submitted papers, and NECTAR Cluster Meetings/Sessions.
Papers are welcome from the field of transport, communications and mobility at large. In addition to the Main Theme of the Conference, themes of specific interest are:
· Network vulnerability
· Policy and environment
· Logistics and freight
· Commuting, migration and the labour market
· Transport security
Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2012. Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the form available on the Conference website:
Criteria for acceptance: the scientific quality of the abstract and NECTAR membership. The number of participants will be limited to 100.
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2012.
Venue: University of the Azores, Island of St Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Airport: Ponta Delgada (PDL)
Registration, meals and accommodation for 2 nights (16-17/6/2013) will be offered to NECTAR members, for only one author per paper. All practical details will be communicated through the Conference Website.
In order to participate in the Conference, a consecutive two-year NECTAR membership (2012–2013 or 2013–2014) is necessary. Non-members can find details of how to join the association on the “Membership” page of NECTAR’s website: www.nectar-eu.org
MIG, Inc. is recruiting a Mid-level Regional Economist/Analyst to build spatial interaction models of inter-regional trade using information from MIG’s Social Accounting (SAM) data warehouse of regional and national economic accounts. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for implementing and enhancing MIG’s Trade Modeling System (TMS), a module of the IMPLAN system. TMS is a collection of individual trade models for specific commodities and factors of production. These models depict the trade behavior of commodities and factors of production within the context of I-O and CGE modeling frameworks. The work involves using various econometric and data transformation methods to design, revise, and implement theoretically sound models of regional trade flows to add to the TMS collection. The work also involves extracting and manipulating the data necessary to build TMS models, drawing data from MIG’s SAM data warehouse using complex “Extraction-Transforma!
tion-Load” (ETL) work processes in a database environment.
Plans, schedules, and builds TMS trade models using generally accepted and sometimes fairly complex economic or statistical techniques.
Using conventional ETL methods, obtains data from MIG’s SAM data warehouse and other sources for constructing TMS models.
Using conventional ETL methods, obtains new data pertinent to building TMS models from extant sources and loads the data into MIG’s SAM data warehouse.
Evaluates all TMS-related data and makes adjustments to ensure reliability and comparability.
Evaluates all TMS component trade models and makes enhancements and revisions to ensure reliability and comparability.
Assists the MIG team in developing new methods and products.
Knowledge and Skills
PhD in Economics or Applied Economics preferred, Masters with experience will also be considered.
Applied knowledge and experience in modeling the spatial interactions that constitute regional economic trade.
Applied knowledge and experience with regional social accounting systems, regional economic modeling techniques (including input-output analysis, computable general equilibrium modeling) and econometric analysis of regional economic behaviors.
Demonstrated experience in ETL tools and methods applied to large databases of economic information.
Demonstrated experience with a wide array of analysis systems and tools such as SQL and GIS database modeling, MATLAB, GAMS, and programming languages like Python.
Quantitative skills and experience in using statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS useful. Knowledge and experience with economic analysis programs such as IMPLAN or REMI are desirable.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume to Ambrose Alward at email@example.com or to MIG Inc., PO Box 837. Hudson, WI 54016. The position will remain open until filled. MIG is a AA/EEO company. Please see www.IMPLAN.com for more information about MIG Inc.
John M. Quigley, a leading scholar of housing markets, local public finance, energy efficient buildings, homelessness, and racial discrimination in housing, passed away in Berkeley,California on May 12, 2012. Quigley, the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Business, and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, was a campus leader, an inspirational mentor, and a leading figure in urban economics and housing policy. During his career he produced fourteen books and over 150 scholarly articles. Quigley excelled at finding clever ways to use empirical data about housing and urban areas to answer important public policy questions such as the macro-economic impact of rising housing prices on consumption behavior, the impact of segregation on African Americans’ opportunities to accumulate wealth through investment in housing, the effect of governmental and voluntary energy standards on energy efficiency and the value of buildings, and the relationship between housing markets and homelessness. He combined boundless energy with an infectious laugh, which he often followed with a sharp intellectual insight. When Quigley saw an issue that was important he immersed himself in research to figure it out.
In the 1970s, Quigley showed, with John F. Kain, that racial segregation not only ghettoized black families, it also reduced their chances of developing savings through home ownership. In later work, Quigley went on to show how segregation reduced job opportunities for minority youth. Kain and Quigley also pioneered the quantitative measurement of housing quality. Their work made it possible to study housing markets where the basic commodity, “housing,” is a bundle of structural and neighborhood characteristics that cannot be completely captured by one number such as the square footage of a home. In their 1975 book, Housing Markets and Racial Discrimination they demonstrated that statistical tools could be used effectively to value housing attributes and to control for differences in them across space and over time. Using these techniques, they showed that in many cities blacks paid substantially more than whites for comparable housing.
In the 1980s, Quigley began to study how government building regulations and voluntary energy standards affected energy efficiency in residential and commercial real estate. In recent work he showed that buildings complying with voluntary Energy Star or LEED standards receive higher rents and higher selling prices—partially because of their energy savings but also because of intangible effects of the label itself due to beliefs about improved worker productivity and improved corporate image from “green” buildings.
In the 1990s, Quigley turned to the study of homelessness. Most scholars focused on the personal characteristics, the mental and physical disabilities and substance abuse problems, of the chronically homeless, but with co-authors Steve Raphael and Gene Smolensky, Quigley showed how housing markets, especially those with limited supplies of low quality and inexpensive rental housing, were part of the problem. In these markets, even the lowest priced housing was often too expensive for those in extreme poverty, and small reductions in its supply due to higher government housing standards or demolition greatly elevated the risk of homelessness.
Quigley also made fundamental contributions to the study of housing markets. A highly influential and prescient 2001 article with Karl Case and Robert Shiller anticipated the 2001-2006 economic expansion by showing that increases in housing wealth, just like increases in stock market wealth, increased consumer spending and fueled macro-economic growth. In recent years when many questions arose about the efficacy of mortgage markets, Quigley wrote about how better government policy and mortgage products could protect homeowners.
Quigley also investigated the impact of regulations on housing prices, the economics of refuse collection, how university decentralization stimulated regional economies, the impact of rent control, public support for congestion pricing, the economics of rebuilding cities after disasters, and many other topics.
One other theme ran through Quigley’s life and research: his knowledge and love of Sweden. His first publication appeared in the Swedish Journal of Economics in 1966. He would go on to write many articles on all aspects of the Swedish economy. He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2006, and he received an honorary degree from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology in 2007.
Quigley’s wide-ranging and prolific scholarship was matched by his generous teaching and mentoring. He served as a committee member for over one hundred PhD dissertations during his career, chairing twenty-six since 1990. His was noted for his devotion to his students, his exceptionally high standards and expectations, his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, his availability, his quick-turn-around of manuscripts and papers, his generosity and humor, and his ability to get graduate students to perform at levels beyond what they thought possible by treating them as peers and partners. His students have positions in universities, research institutes, and governmental agencies around the world.
Quigley was also a leader in service to the University and his profession. He was editor in chief of Regional Science and Urban Economics from 1986 to 2003, and he served on over two dozen editorial boards for scholarly journals during his career. He advised over twenty research and governmental agencies including the World Bank, General Accounting Office, Urban Institute, Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and institutions inIndonesia,Hungary,Germany,Sweden, andChina. Quigley was Chair of the Department of Economics from 1992 to 1995, Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Senate of theUniversity ofCalifornia from 1996 to 1997, Director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy since 1999, and Interim Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy in 2008. He was elected a fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute in 1992 and the Regional Science Association in 2004. He was president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association from 1996 to 1998, President of the Western Regional Science Association from 1998 to 2000, and President of the North American Regional Science Council from 2009 to 2010.
Quigley was born in New York,New Yorkin 1942. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with distinction in 1964, and he worked as an econometrician at the Pentagon from 1964 to 1968, leaving the Air Force with the rank of Captain and an Air Force Commendation Medal in 1968. He earned his doctorate fromHarvard University in 1971 and taught at Yale University from 1972 until he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Curran, and his four children, Sam of San Francisco, Jane-Claire of New York, and Johanna and Benjamin of Stockholm, Sweden.
Our colleague, Mark Henry, recently passed away. He was professor emeritus at Clemson University, South Carolina, where he worked most of his career. He was a Research Fellow at the Rural Development Research Consortium, University of California-Berkeley, from 2003-2006. He was elected Fellow of the Southern Regional Science Association in 2004, and he received the David E. Boyce Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Regional Science in 2000. He served a a Councilor of the North American Regional Science Council. Other services include: President, Southern Regional Science Association, 1990-91, Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of Southern Regional Science Association, 1980-89, and Board of Editors of the Review of Regional Studies, 1992-current, Papers in Regional Science 2001- 2010; Growth and Change, 2005. Mark developed an extensive body of research in Regional Economics, particularly in economic impact analysis, economic development, rural-urban linkages and income distribution issues. Mark published extensive nationally and internationally and was a regular attendees of regional conferences.
6th International Workshop on Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems: Environmental and Urban Сhallenges
May 12-15, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia
The 6th International Workshop on Information Fusion and Geographic Information Systems (IF&GIS’ 2013) is a serial event in the development of theories, models and advanced applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It continues a series of successful workshops held in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 in St. Petersburg and 2011 in Brest, France. It has been continuously organized by the OOGIS research laboratory of St Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation and French Naval Academy Research Institute. The 6th event will return toSt. Petersburg and will be specifically focused on environmental issues, from global to local scales.
|Suggested ThemesThe scope of the 6th IF&GIS Workshop will address several GIS and environmental research issues of the modeling, analysis, information processing and visualization. The proposed scientific domains as far as they address GIS fundamentals (to the left) and their application to urban and environmental challenges (to the right) include but are not limited to:
- GIS ontologies
- GIS data integration
- GIS data modeling
- GIS data analysis
- GIS data fusion
- Artificial Intelligence and GIS
- GIS and real-time monitoring systems
- GIS algorithms and computational issues
- GIS simulation
- Data Security and GIS
- Novel and emerging GIS research areas
- Environmental management
- Land-based planning
- Landscape studies
- GIS for global warming modeling
- Urban GIS
- Transportation GIS
- Marine and Coastal GIS for theArcticSea
- Intelligent GIS (IGIS) Monitoring Systems for Weather / Environmental forecasting
- GIS Applications to platform operations in cold weather
- GIS modeling
for a better Understanding of Arctic Challenges and improvement of weather forecasting
|Call for PapersAll papers accepted for the Workshop will be published in the series Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Geoinformation & Cartography (LNG&C) after the workshop.
The abstract should summarize the contents of the paper and contain at least 70 and at most 150 words. Rules for authors see at http://if-gis.com/
| Full papers:
The page limit for workshop papers is 14 pages.
Rules for authors see at http://if-gis.com/
- Abstracts submission: ……… August 20, 2012
- Full paper submission: ……… September 30, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: …..November 20, 2012
- Final papers due: …………… .December 15, 2012
IF&GIS’ 2013 Organizing Committee
Voice: +7-(812)-355-96-82 Fax: +7(812)-355-9674
Purdue University is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader for its Center for Regional
Development. Founded in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant University and is one of the
nation’s leading research universities. Purdue has a statewide presence, with several regional
campuses, Extension offices in all 92 counties, and a West Lafayette campus enrollment of
nearly 40,000. The University has a diverse faculty and one of the largest international student
enrollments in the nation. The West Lafayette campus is located 65 miles north of Indianapolis
and 120 miles south of Chicago.
Emerging economic development theory and practice relies heavily on collaboration skills,
human assets, and networks that leverage a broad array of regional resources. Research
universities play a central role in these emerging regional networks. Purdue’s Center for
Regional Development was formed in 2006 to advance economic and community development
by leveraging Purdue’s assets in developing robust, collaborative civic economies; data analysis
and interpretation; business technical assistance; and professional education. PCRD’s programs
are highly leveraged financially and rely largely on funds from grants and contracts and from
clients and customers.
The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Engagement and is responsible for
providing vision and leadership to PCRD. The Director serves on the University’s Engagement
Council and works with faculty, college and school Deans, and community and organization
leaders to provide responsive, high quality assistance to communities and regions throughout
Indiana and beyond. The Director is the key administrator responsible for linking PCRD with
Cooperative Extension and other Purdue programs statewide.
Qualified candidates will have an academic and/or professional record suitable for tenure as a
professor and have demonstrated excellence as a leader in an academic or other related
professional enterprise. Qualified candidates will be able to articulate and advance the goals and
programs of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, understand and acknowledge the
value of resource partnerships both within and external to the university, be sensitive to all
constituencies served by the University, and demonstrate a commitment to a global perspective
in carrying out PCRD’s mission.
Applications or nominations should be sent to: Dr. V. L. Lechtenberg, Chair, PCRD Search
Committee, Purdue University, Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall, Suite 266, 203 Martin Jischke
Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971; email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening will begin August 20,
2012 and continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for
employment in this position.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully
committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the implementation of a new schedule for the submission and evaluation of proposals. GSS also is adopting special merit review criteria in order to better identify potentially transformative research that has larger-scale, longer-term significance. These changes are outlined in a new GSS program solicitation (NSF 12-570) that provides more specific guidance regarding the preparation of proposals for the GSS competition. The new solicitation is accessible via http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=503621&ods_key=nsf12570.
Effective immediately GSS will conduct only one annual competition for new research proposals submitted to its regular competition. The next deadline for submission of these proposals is September 13, 2012. In future years, the proposal-submission deadline will be the first Thursday in September. This new deadline is for all regular research proposals, as well as proposals for conferences, workshops, group-travel, other community-development activities, and research coordination networks (RCNs). Based on merit review, all proposals will be recommended for funding or for declination. Some investigators whose proposals are declined will have an opportunity to submit a revised proposal prior to the next annual deadline, but that opportunity will be limited to investigators who receive explicit invitations to resubmit early from the GSS program officers because of the potential larger-scale, longer-term significance of their projects.
The GSS program will continue to conduct two competitions annually for doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) proposals, although the proposal-submission deadlines will change to the 2nd Thursday of February and the 2nd Thursday of October each year. GSS also will continue to review Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) proposals submitted in accordance with the NSF-wide CAREER proposal-submission deadlines. The deadline and frequency for the CAREER competition has not changed.
The changes in the timing of proposal submission and in how proposals are evaluated are designed to enable GSS to maintain the highest quality merit review, to accelerate its support for compelling research projects that exhibit promise of having larger-scale, longer-term significance, and to help reduce costs associated with travel and government operation in accordance with U.S. government guidelines.
For the most up-to-date information about the changes in the GSS program, investigators should consult the GSS website at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503621. Further information also is available from GSS program officers listed on the website.
Economics and Business Letters (EBL) is a new online quarterly peer-reviewed international journal published by University of Oviedo Press. Both theoretical and empirical short papers in all the fields of Economics and Business are welcome.
Original contributions will be pre-screened by the Editorial Board and subsequently reviewed by one referee in a double-blind system. An editorial decision will be taken within 12 weeks and major revision will not be considered (only accept/minor revision/reject). In order to achieve a rapid review process and publication of the articles, the length of the letters is limited to 2,500 words. The journal’s first issue is expected to be published in May 2012.
We kindly encourage you to submit your work to EBL. In doing so, please use the online submission system at: http://www.unioviedo.es/reunido/index.php/EBL
No publishing fees: no processing or publishing fees are charged to authors or institutions
Open Access: free for readers to view and download, which increases citations
Rapid publication: quick peer-review process and publication online
Herman Aguinis, Indiana University – USA
Rubén Arrondo, University of Oviedo – Spain
Bernardino Benito, University of Murcia – Spain
Ana Cárcaba, University of Oviedo – Spain
Nicolai Foss, Copenhagen Business School – Denmark
Noël Houthoofd, University of Gent – Belgium
Santiago Lago-Peñas, University of Vigo – Spain
Carlos Llano, Autonoma University of Madrid – Spain
Maria José Luengo, Northeastern University Boston – USA
Thierry Madies, Fribourg University – Switzerland
Mercedes Martos, University of Salamanca – Spain
Matías Mayor, University of Oviedo – Spain
Luiz de Mello, OECD
Fernando Muñoz, Carlos III University of Madrid – Spain
Roberto Patuelli – University of Bologna, Italy
Javier Salinas – Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Almudena Sevilla – University of Oxford – UK
Alan Wall, University of Oviedo – Spain
For those working U.S. Census data over time, researchers at Brown University have developed the Longitudinal Tract Data Base: http://www.s4.brown.edu/us2010/Reseacher/Bridging.htm
The system now includes two sets of files in which census data from 1970-2000 have been recalculated into 2010 tract boundaries. One set is full-count data (the 100% variables from Census 1970-2000 as well as Census 2010). The other set is sample data (the one-in-six variables, like socioeconomic status, from Census 1970-2000 and the variables from American Community Survey 2006-2010).
Comparable data will become commercially available in the spring. In addition, the system includes tools that you can use to translate any data — not only census data — that were collected for census tract areas for 1970-2000 into areas for 2010. For example, if you had tract-level crime data for 1990, you could convert it to 2010 tracts. This may be helpful in many applications.
Upon its 40th anniversary, the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University initiated an award for scholarly excellence in honor of Dr. William H. Miernyk, founder and first Director of the Institute. The William H. Miernyk Research Excellence Medal (the Miernyk Medal) is awarded annually at the Southern Regional Science Meeting to the first author of the best SRSA conference paper written and presented by an assistant professor. A substantial monetary stipend accompanies the Miernyk Medal.
William H. Miernyk earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in economics from the University of Colorado, followed by Masters and Doctoral Degrees in economics from Harvard University. Dedicated to research, he also discovered a love of teaching that would stay with him throughout his entire professorial career. Miernyk taught economics at Harvard, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado before being recruited to West Virginia University to establish the Regional Research Institute. He originally committed to only a temporary stay at WVU, but found the area and work so appealing that he abandoned his plans to return to Colorado.
Perhaps best known for his widely distributed and well-received The Elements of Input- Output Analysis (1965), his interests and contributions to knowledge have focused on a much broader set of topics within and beyond regional science. His research interests have included such topics as pollution abatement, energy prices, unemployment, labor force participation, and migration in the Appalachian states. He has served as a consultant for, among many others, US Senate committees, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and The World Bank. Known for his critical insight, rigor, and excellence in research, his writing is clear and concise. In addition to numerous contributions to the academic literature, Miernyk extended his sphere of influence to the general public through weekly columns in the Charleston Gazette.
To be eligible for the 2010 Miernyk Medal, authors must have registered for the 2012 SRSA conference in Charlotte, NC, and must submit their papers electronically for panel review to the Regional Research Institute (RRI) at email@example.com WVU by Friday, February 10, 2012. Members of the panel will include and be selected by the Director of the RRI, whose decision will be final.
The Miernyk Medal may be awarded to any Ph.D. recipient at a rank no higher than Assistant Professor at the time of the award. The winning paper will report the diligent and systematic enquiry and discovery of facts or principles relating to a topic of interest to regional scientists. The winning author must be the consensus choice of the panel. The Miernyk Medal may not be awarded every year, at the discretion of the panel.