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Category Archives: Research

June 19, 2017
Synthetic Household Travel Data Using Phone Data
Transportation Research Board (abstract)

This document explores the development of a method that fuses consumer data with anonymous, passive location data to create synthetic populations with individual-level synthetic travel diaries.

Negotiating an Asiatown in Berlin
Cities (abstract)

Cities are increasingly affected by migration which raises new questions for urban development and planning. In the paper at hand, this issue is addressed through an empirical study of Berlin.

The Ecological Dimension of Resilience and Sustainability
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (abstract)

We propose a framework for a package of Urban Sustainability and Resilience Indicators (USRI) based on a holistic approach to urban dynamics that we name the ‘pyramid of urban resilience and sustainability’.

June 18, 2017
Preventing Industrial Disasters in a Time of Climate Change
Social Science Research Network (abstract)

This paper proposes a policy framework to prevent coastal industrial disasters: financial assurance requirements can induce industry to adapt to the coastal impacts of climate change and can ensure that the public will be compensated for any disasters that nonetheless occur.

Impacts of Congestion on Auto Accessibility
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

This paper studies changes in automobile accessibility over the course of the day, as caused by congestion of the road network in eight metropolitan areas of the European Union: London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg and Milan.

The Built Environment Effects on Community Opportunities
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

Geographically weighted regression has been increasingly used to better understand the spatially varied relationships between socioeconomic outcomes and policy investments. In this study, a community opportunity index is computed for Columbus, Ohio.

Does Gentrification Increase Job Opportunities in Poor Neighborhoods?
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

In this paper, we focus on low-income neighborhoods undergoing economic transitions and test whether or not the potential benefits from these changes stay within the community, in the form of employment opportunities for local residents.

Housing Tenure and Neighbourhood Social Capital
Housing, Theory and Society (abstract)

Using a nationally representative sample from Canada, this study explores the specific impact of housing tenure on three forms of neighbourhood social capital: bonding, bridging and linking social capital.

June 15, 2017
Are Toronto’s Risky Subsidized Housing P3s Worth the Reward?
Cities (abstract)

Faced with a growing backlog for the maintenance of existing social housing stock, Toronto’s public housing provider turned to the market to secure funding for the rehabilitation and replacement of subsidised housing projects. But is the policy with the risk?

Taking Circular Economy to the Next Level
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (abstract)

While principles of a circular economy have been adopted by businesses, governments and NGOs, leading researchers say it’s time to take the discussion and analysis to the next level.

The Regeneration of Waterfront in Informal Areas
Urban Research & Practice (abstract)

This paper deals with waterfronts as key spaces in the urban, social, and economic structure of the city, with reference to informal areas where accessibility poses a severe challenge.

Detroit: Urban or Moral Decay?
Journal of Architecture & Urbanism (abstract)

This paper provides an alternative narrative of Detroit from one of economic struggle and racial division. It instead discusses other forces at play, focusing on questionable moral standing and its relationship to built form, specifically the city.

Relationship Between Public Transport and Innovative Mobility
Transportation Research Board

The International Transport Forum has released a report that investigates the convergence of public transit and mobility solutions, such as ride services, car- and bicycle-sharing, app-enabled on-demand micro-bus services, and platforms that connect travelers and drivers.

June 12, 2017
Estimating Activity Patterns Via Cell Phone Networks
International Journal of Urban Sciences (abstract)

This paper discusses ways to process cell phone spatio-temporal data in a manner that makes it comprehensible for traffic interpretations and proposes methods on how to infer urban mobility and activity patterns from the aforementioned data.

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