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Call for Trainees

Equity in transportation: theory, methods and practices

TEA time in Thessaloniki’ Training school

4-7 May 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece

The European Union has set the ambitious goal that all European citizens should be connected to high-quality public and private transport infrastructure (EC, 2010). Achieving this goal will require a fundamentally different approach to transport planning and policy. In order to measure progress towards this goal, it will be necessary to explicitly address equity considerations in transport decision-making. Therefore, equity inclusion in transport policy and planning remains one of the biggest challenges in Europe.

Addressing equity in transportation: TEA COST Action

This challenge is addressed in the ongoing COST Action „Transport Equity Analysis‟ („TEA‟). The TEA Action brings together researchers from various backgrounds to develop understanding on how to address equity issues in transportation policy making. In the first TEA COST Action workshop (Technion, Haifa, December 2013) we defined a framework for unpacking transport disadvantage and social inequalities factors. The framework locates transport equity in the context of access to key life chance opportunities, such as employment, education, healthcare and social interaction. There are two aspects to this relationship: 1) to what extend transportation contributes to inequalities; and 2) how can equity and social inclusion perspectives help to explain differences in people‟s travel behaviours? This requires the development of alternative measures of equity in transport, including „accessibility and capability-based‟ measures.


Goal of the TEA training school

Within the framework of the TEA COST Action, we are organizing a training school titled „TEA time in Thessaloniki‟. The main goal of the training school is to provide the participants with a deep understanding of notions of equity and to improve their methodological skills in addressing equity in various (research) contexts and settings.

Date and venue

The training school will take place in the premises of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, in Thessaloniki, Greece, 4-7 May 2015.

Content of the training school

The training school will consist of lectures, exercises, and case study applications. The participants will work in an interactive setting, so as to enable an exchange of expertise, experience and perspectives between all the participants (i.e. trainers and trainees). The training school will be organized around a set of case studies, using basic insights on equity and transport and key inputs from „hands-on laboratory‟ sessions of the training school. The case studies will allow trainees to define how to implement equity in transportation and urban planning and to get a taste of the available methodological tools. Within the framework of the training school, participants interested to do so will also be given the opportunity to present their own work on transport and equity. Obviously, the program will offer plenty of opportunities to socialize with the participants and to get to know the involved senior researchers.

The training school program includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • · Notion of equity: Conceptual framework for including equity in transport planning.
  • · Data: Efforts for characterizing the social equity influence in transportation contexts and use of new data sources for transport (i.e. smart data, social fare systems innovation).
  • · Models: Conceptual framework development and/or inclusion of relevant social equity theory in new activity-based model, utility-based model and structural equation modelling.
  • · Policy: Use of new social equity model to engage with policy makers and the public in order to develop a wider accessible transportation system and land use policies, interventions, and scenarios.


In TEA COST Action workshops (Haifa and Rotterdam), we defined a costeffectiveness analysis framework to systematically assess the size and scope of transport equity problems in a more transparent way (Martens, et al. 2014). Disaggregate individual and household level travel demand models (such as activity-based models) provide granularity not only in terms of spatial and temporal detail but also identify individual level impacts. Traditionally a macro level measure to describe the ease of reaching opportunities and the ease of being reached has been applied. In this context, TEA COST is investigating how to measure transport disadvantage through an activitybased travel demand model implemented in various large cities (Shiftan et al. 2015). In a recent article, TEA COST members proposed to deepen and broaden our analysis of equity in travel behaviour thus far. In particular, we focused on the role of individual norms and social practices and how different perceptions of equity might influence the use of public and private transport. Kaplan et al. (2014) have demonstrated that higher perceived fairness relates positively to higher perceived quality of transit service and higher perceived ease of paying for transit use. The introduction of smart card and real time information via various smartphone applications raises further question about their impact on equity regarding travel behaviour. Smartphone Madrid panel survey analysis showed how social capital resources is an advantage or disadvantage for transport mobility influencing one of the key index of travel behaviour: travel time availability (Di Ciommo et. al).


The list of possible invited speakers and trainers includes:

Thomas Picketty- EHESS and Paris School of Economics (pending confirmation), Antoinette Baujard - University of Caen Lower Normandy , Floridea Di Ciommo – TRANSyT_Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ariane Dupont- Université La Sorbonne, Yoram Shiftan- Technion University, Karel Martens-Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Elisabete Arsenio- LNEC I.P. Lisbon, Karen Lucas - Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, Sigal Kaplan- DTU Transport Technical University of Denmark, Evangelos Mitsakis - Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – Hellenic Institute of Transport, Juan Antonio Carrasco - Universidad de Concepción, Chile (pending confirmation), Antonio Paez - McMaster University, Canada (pending confirmation).

Who can apply to participate in the training school?

The training school is intended for young researchers, including MS and PhD students, and early stage researchers (ESR). The school is open for researchers from the fields of transportation, urban planning, geography, economics or related fields. Young academics who address equity in their research are especially invited to participate, but the training school also welcomes participants who want to get acquainted with this exciting domain of research and explore the links between their work and equity concerns.

How to apply?

Researchers interested to participate in the training school are requested to send an email, title, and abstract, as well as a brief motivation letter (approx. 800-word letter or one page) answering the following questions: - What is the link between the applicants work and equity in transportation? - What role does the applicant think equity should play in transportation policy and planning? - What does the participant expect to learn from the training school Please send the email and motivation letter to the Transport and Equity Analysis Action chair: Floridea Di Ciommo ( by February 25, 2015.


APPLICANTS WHO ARE ACCEPTED FOR “TEA TRAINING SCHOOL” WILL BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN 10 MARCH 2015 AND WILL BE INVITED AS TRAINEES. Applicants who are coming from the 35 COST Member Countries (i.e. Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and from one cooperating State (i.e. Israel) are available for receiving a grant of maximum 500€ to contribute to travel and accommodation costs. Trainees from other countries are welcome, but at their own expense. Training school fee is free for all.

More information

For more information on the training school, please visit the website of the TEA COST Action:

Information about the training school venue and Thessaloniki

„TEA time in Thessaloniki‟, the training school of the TEA COST Action will be hosted in the premises of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) – Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT). Information about how to access the venue can be found at Thessaloniki is a vibrant city of more than one million citizens, located in the northern part of Greece. More than 150000 students of the city‟s four universities as well as the outgoing nature of its citizens make Thessaloniki a lively destination worth visiting.

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