NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research
Edited by Kenneth Button and Aura Reggiani
This collection of papers stems from a meeting of NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research) held in Arlington, Virginia in the summer of 2009. As its name suggests, NECTAR is primarily a European-based academic activity, and this was its first transatlantic conference. It is an association with a network culture that has been developed in the framework of a European Science Foundation Network initiated in the late 1980s with the objective of fostering collaboration and exchange of information between experts in the field of transport, communication and mobility. As such, NECTAR is a multidisciplinary, social science oriented activity that brings together a wide range of perspectives on transportation and communication issues and their impacts on society. NECTAR has numerous thematic seminars and workshops and every two years organizes a major conference. While previous conferences have been in European venues, the 2009 meeting was hosted by George Mason University in Virginia. This collection of papers represents revised contributions to that meeting which focus on the broad theme of transportation and development. We would like to thank the contributors for the time and effort that has gone into preparing the chapters that make up this volume and hope that readers will find them insightful. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge support for the NECTAR conference from the US Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration through the University Transportation Centers Program, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the University of Las Palmas. viii M2534 - BUTTON PRINT.indd viii...