Research results

The output by the Policy Research Centre may be subsumed under four categories:


1.       Scientific publications

It speaks for itself that fundamental research should generate a substantial output in terms of scientific publications and doctorates. Doctorates constitute a tangible result of the expansion of the scientific potential and knowledge base of the policy research centre. Research results shall be presented to and discussed with international peer groups at scientific conferences.  
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2.       Policy papers

At the request of the public authorities or on the initiative of the policy research centre coordinator, recommendations on certain issues shall be formulated in policy papers. These recommendations shall be based on the knowledge of the academics associated with the policy research centre and on new insights acquired in the various research streams. Thus, the purpose of these policy papers is to formulate scientifically substantiated recommendations.
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3.    Database
Effort and money shall be made available for the creation and updating of a specialised statistical database. This way, precious time can be saved in the future, as databases are readily available. It will be possible to respond quickly to research questions, even in relation to short-term issues. Moreover, such a statistical database guarantees a level of internal consistency, as specific questions are answered on the basis of a particular specialised database. The database need not be developed from scratch, in the sense that a lot of the research previously conceived and conducted by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics has resulted in the compilation and consolidation of data for the purpose of empirical estimations.
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4.    Indicator book
The Policy Research Centre adheres to Lord Kelvin’s motto that ‘To measure is to know. Therefore, the centre plans to publish an annual Freight Transport Indicators Book’ , in which the principal indicators for the monitoring of policy effects shall be quantified , interpreted and evaluated scientifically. The most telling indicators shall be selected from the various research streams. They shall be assessed in terms of their societal relevance and their impact on the external environment. With the publication of this annual Freight Transport Indicators Book, the Policy Research Centre intends to offer a tool to monitor over time to what extent the various policy objectives are achieved.  This will provide insight into policy progress, where things are going well or not so well, and which aspects of policy need fine-tuning . The Freight Transport Indicators Book has been conceived as an evolving or a growth document.


The table below lists a number of examples of possible indicators for each of the policy goals stated. Optimal use is made of existing data from available databases (see above), in conjunction with the output results of the various research units and available modelling tools. With the Freight Indicators Book, the Policy Research Centre intends to provide the political authorities with a tool for informing public opinion about the extent to which policy objectives are being realised or not, and within which timeframe.  At the same time, it will enhance awareness among the public of the multifunctional nature of freight transport policy, a policy domain that must take into account not only economic interests, but also environmental concerns. Finally, the annual publication shall not only constitute a reference book, but it shall also provide an incentive for academics and politicians alike to perform better year after year.
Click here to view the indicator book 2007 .

> Click here to view the indicator book 2009 .