June 23, 2015
CURS Director Bill Rohe returned yesterday 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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) Department of City and Regional Planning, Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), and Program on Chinese Cities. Professor Rohe, director of CURS, was joined on the trip by Professor Roberto Quercia, chair of the UNC-CH 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-CH 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.