Henk Meurs is professor in Transport Policy Research at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. After completing his PhD in travel demand analysis, he focused on transport policy analysis. He teaches in the Master’s program courses on accessibility analysis and transport governance. Within SCRIPTS, professor Meurs is primary responsible for the integration of the academic and applied projects and managing interactions between stakeholders and monitoring/evaluating pilot projects (with the HAN University of Applied Sciences). He is facinated by the governance aspects of integrated mobility services, from a business as well as from a social point of view. He chairs the Breng Knowledge Centre on Public Transport, in which the Radboud University, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Hermes public transport, Province of Gelderland and the PT-user organisation ROCOV work together on applied, innovative public transport research. He is also Managing Director of MuConsult, a transport consulting firm using academic methods and knowledge for public and private clients. He has extensive experience in public transport, including evaluation of legislation concerning regional public transport (WP2000) and rail, development of public transport policies, tendering procedures, marketing , business strategies and ITS in public transport. He has an extensive network, with public transport authorities, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, public transport operators and various service-suppliers, both in The Netherlands and abroad. He is member of various expert groups and advisory committees, in The Netherlands as well as for the EU.
Vincent Marchau (Radboud University (RU) – Institute for Management Research (IMR)) holds a chair on Uncertainty and Adaptivity of Societal Systems. This chair is supported by The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT). He received a PhD from TU Delft in 2000 for his research on technology assessment of Automated Vehicle Guidance. Marchau is also Managing Director of the Dutch Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL), with 100 PhD students and 50 staff members across 6 Dutch universities. His research focuses on long-term planning under uncertainty in transportation, logistics, spatial planning, energy, water, and security. He has been involved as a principal researcher within various national (e.g. NWO) and international (e.g. EU) projects regarding transport innovation assessment, long-term planning and decision-making under uncertainty in several domains. Marchau holds different positions, including member of the editorial board of different journals (EJTIR, IETITS), guest-editor of different scientific journals, and fellow of the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM). For several years, Marchau works closely with several societal partners including The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (organising (a) various Master classes and Summer schools for policymakers and (b) specific projects on long term infrastructure planning), STT (on (a) foresight projects in the fields of transport, water and energy and (b) organising Winter schools on decision making under uncertainty), and The RAND corporation/World bank (organising the annual workshop for decision making under deep uncertainty for scholars and practitioners).
Implementation of a smart integrated mobility services can be highly challenging. There is a multitude of uncertainties, such as changes users' demand or a breakthrough in autonomous vehicle technology, that can have detrimental effects toward the realization of such system. My role in the SCRIPTS project is to disentangle these ambiguities and addressing the implementation of long-term plans.
In my research, I employ an adaptive planning approach, combining with various analytical methodologies, such as meta-analysis of case studies, Delphi Survey, and group model building to support related decision making. I also integrate my research with other SCRIPTS scholars to ensure the plans’ robustness.
Prior to joining SCRIPTS, I worked as a transport consultant in the UK for six years, before obtained a Ph.D. in sustainable transport planning from Vienna Technical University in 2015. Since then, I assisted Thailand’s Permanent mission to UNIDO (UN’s Industrial Development Organization) as a policy analyst and worked as a researcher for the Club of Vienna and the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCar) project, Thailand. I also co-founded the Chiang Mai’s Urban Mobility Lab, a transport living lab movement in Thailand.
Shima Ebrahimi is a PhD candidate at the Radboud University. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Henk Meurs, Prof. Vincent Marchau, and Dr. Fariya Sharmeen. Before starting as a PhD, she completed an M.Sc. in Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) at TU Delft. She also obtained B.Sc. in agricultural engineering, and M.Sc. degree in economic system programming from the University of Tehran and Shahid Beheshti University in Iran.
Her PhD project title is: “Governance of Mobility Services”. Her contribution is divided into two main tasks. Firstly, she will develop a clear understanding of different ways of providing smart integrated mobility services by categorising the multiple conceptual business models of mobility service providers. Additionally, the factors which motivate mobility providers to choose among different types of business model will be analysed. This will illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of each business models. Secondly, she will study the required rules and regulations to accommodate the technological transitions and to increase consumer demands for smart integrated service provisions. The research findings will extend new perspectives on the integration of mobility services and clarify the importance of selecting the appropriate business model for mobility service providers and the role of public authorities in transition toward smart integrated mobility services.