Awards & Prizes

Friday, 30 September 2016 16:38


Dear NECTAR friends,

Please find below the announcement for the 2nd NECTAR PhD Award 


In many NECTAR meetings, workshops and conferences, PhD students present and discuss their work. To recognize the high quality of the research conducted by the best of the PhD students supervised by NECTAR members,  NECTAR is proud to announce his second NECTAR PhD AWARD. The award is established in memory of Professor Piet Rietveld, who chaired NECTAR in the years 2002-2007 and who with his exceptional academic abilities inspired and stimulated many young researchers, PhD students and the NECTAR community in general. The NECTAR PhD Award will be awarded for the best recent PhD thesis work in the NECTAR field.

The 2nd NECTAR PhD award will consider PhD theses written in English which have been or will be defended between June 2015 and May 2017. We will also consider submissions consisting of sets of journal papers which are to be included in a future thesis, and which are representative for its quality. PhD thesis work can be submitted only by a supervisor who should be a NECTAR member (i.e. 2016-2017 membership is paid).

To be considered, the PhD thesis should be in the general realm of NECTAR research, including topics from the fields of regional and urban economics, transport economics, urban/regional planning, transport planning and transport engineering. The PhD thesis should relate to one or more of the NECTAR cluster theme’s: networks, policy and environment, logistics and freight, travel, migration and labour market, accessibility, tourism, recreation and leisure and information and communication technologies.

Phds will be judged by a Committee comprising of former and present NECTAR Presidents, and a selection of the current NECTAR cluster co-chairs. Professor Erik Verhoef from VU University Amsterdam will chair the 2nd  NECTAR PhD Award Committee. The decision of the committee – which will be rendered March 2017 - will be final.


The author of the winning thesis must present the research at the 14th bi-annual NECTAR conference in Madrid, May 31st -2nd of June 2017. The winning author will receive a reimbursement for travel and accommodation cost for the conference. 

PhD supervisors who wish to submit their PhD thesis work for consideration should send (a) an electronic copy of the summary of the thesis and (b) the PhD thesis (or collection of papers) in PDF format before January 16, 2017 to the NECTAR secretariat (Ana Condeço-Melhorado) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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