New Kansai International Airport Company (NKIAC), Japan for successfully implementing strategic funding measures that have stimulated the Japanese aviation sector, notably the emergence of a new market for low-cost carriers.
â€‹The operation of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (ITM), two major airports in the Osaka region, were merged under the roof of NKIAC in 2012. Under this new structure, funding for a dedicated low-cost carrier terminal and strategic price incentives for off-peak take-offs and landings has helped the emergence of a new low-cost carrier market in Japan and the development of a new airfreight logistics hub at KIX, boosting airport use. The pooling of resource and cash flow have enabled innovative cross-funding, allowing government subsidies for KIX to be progressively reduced to zero. With economic viability achieved, NKIAC is preparing the sale of concessions for the operation of both airports. This will be a first for major infrastructure in Japan and is expected to set an example for other projects.
In 2013, the International Transport Forum’s Transport Achievement Award will be awarded to an initiative, project, or service/product that through innovative pricing and funding arrangements addresses one or more of today’s transport focal issues – quality infrastructure or service, congestion, safety, environmental protection, enhanced accessibility.
This award is open to: transport operators, service providers, transport authorities, supplier and manufacturers (for example, of transport assets, equipment, telecoms, software, etc) within member or observer countries of the International Transport Forum. The award will be presented at the Summit in Leipzig, Germany in the presence of ministers.
The Jury had announced the shortlist of projects for the Transport Achievement Award. Four projects, including the winner, had been shortlisted as finalists from eleven semifinalists. The other three finalists were:
The seven other semifinalists are:
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Laura Schewel (USA): “Shop ‘Till we drop: A History and Policy Analysis of Retails Goods Movement”
Laura is an advocate and a researcher in advanced transport. Her particular focus is on transport systems, sustainability and safety, as well as vehicle-system modeling and analysis. Laura completed degrees in engineering and comparative literature at Yale University and then worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where she managed RMI’s vehicle electrification projects, including the Smart Garage Charrette and Project Get Ready. She then joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop planning for regulatory strategy for electric vehicles and energy storage. Currently. Laura is pursuing a PhD at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Energy Engineering. She is the author of several publications about transportation behaviours, vehicle electrification, and sustainable transportation. Recently, Laura founded and is the CEO of StreetLight Data, a firm that develops novel and powerful analytics about transportation behaviour to support urban design, transportation infrastructure design, retail and economic development.
“Shop ‘Till We Drop: A Historical and Policy Analysis of Retail Goods Movement in the US”
Young Researcher of the Year Award-winning paper by Laura Schewel
The Young Researcher of the Year award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy and to foster closer links between transport policy and research. The award carries a prize of EUR 5 000 and is open to young researchers under 35 years of age who have undertaken their research in an institution, university or consultancy firm located in a member country of the International Transport Forum.
The jury had announced a shortlist of three candidates for the 2013 award. The two other shortlisted were:
Laurel Paget-Seekins (USA): “Conflict over Resources for Mobility: The users, actors and discourses in Atlanta, Georgia”.
Laurel’s course as a transportation researcher was set when she moved to Atlanta, Georgia without a car and realised that transportation is the link to simultaneously address poverty, environmental degradation, and energy issues. She obtained masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in public transit. She focuses on bridging engineering and social science research methods to examine increasing the sustainability of public transit investments. After graduating she did a post-doctoral fellowship on Mobility Culture in Megacities at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and is now a research fellow at the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence at Pontificia Universidad CatÃ³lica de Chile in Santiago.
Nihan Akyelken (Turkey): “A Multi-level Perspective on Transport Infrastructure Investment and Stock and Paid Employment in Turkey”.
Nihan Akyelken is a Research Fellow at the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University. She got her doctoral degree from the same department at Oxford and her undergraduate and master degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the areas of Economics and Philosophy and European Political Economy. Prior to Oxford, Nihan worked at the LSE Public Policy Group and conducted project-based consulting work in the UK. Her research interests lie at the intersection of economic and political geographies, mobilities and inclusive development.