Rohe Takes First Steps Towards Establishing Consortium for Urban and Regional Transportation

June 23, 2015

Bill Rohe (second from right) and Roberto Quercia (right) are presented with calligraphy to honor the emerging collaboration between UNC-CH and BJTU.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies Director Bill Rohe has returned from a whirlwind trip to China during which he presented research in three cities (Beijing, Tianjin and Chongqing) and participated in a signing ceremony expressing the intent to establish a Consortium for Urban and Regional Transportation.

The Consortium will bring researchers from Beijing Jiaotong University’s (BJTU) Department of Urban Planning; School of Architecture and Design; and Institute of Urban Planning & Design together with faculty and staff at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning; Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS); and Program on Chinese Cities. Rohe was joined on the trip by Roberto Quercia, chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning. Professor Yan Song, director of the Program on Chinese Cities, was also a signatory of the letter of intent.

The purpose of the Consortium will be to provide support for cooperative research and scholar exchange activities in urban and regional transportation planning. The Consortium will provide opportunities for scholars and graduate students at both UNC-Chapel Hill and BJTU to work together and undertake cooperative research. The Consortium will also bring together foreign and domestic scholars to share experiences and deepen understanding of urban and regional transportation in China and around the world.

For updates on the status of the Consortium as well as information on CURS’ work with the Program on Chinese Cities, please check back in at the CURS website or visit them on Facebook and Twitter.