MC Meeting Amsterdam

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The University of Amsterdam is hosting a COST week in the first of July. In this week, the first Pilot Workshop will be run by our local Work Unit and the MC meeting will take place. This meeting has the goal to (1) align our ideas on how to organise the local workshops; (2) get a common understanding on how to gather empirical data before, during and after this workshop and; (3) enable all Work Units to do this at home.

You are all invited to this MC meeting that will be held at the 5th and 6th of July on a beautiful location: the city center of Amsterdam. This enables you to plan your attendance, your travelling and your accomodation (be aware: it is holiday season, so hotels fill up quickly!).

You can find the definitive agenda (PDF)

You can find a selection of suitable hotels and addresses by clicking here (PDF).

For questions, feel free to contact Janko Vollmer


More detailed information about the keynote lectures below


4th July 15:00-17:00

Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS) in the Dutch Randstad

The interplay of public transport network configuration and service levels with land use patterns provides a critical key, as well as leverage point for policy making, in the transition towards more sustainable and accessible cities. In this presentation, Prof Carey Curtis and Dr Jan Scheurer from Curtin University (Perth) and RMIT University (Melbourne) will introduce their findings from a comprehensive accessibility analysis of metropolitan Amsterdam and the Den Haag-Rotterdam conurbation using their award-winning Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS) tool. Comparative data from other European and Australasian metropolitan regions will allow for an international benchmarking exercise, and the identification of specific strengths and weaknesses of the Dutch cities in terms of land use-transport integration. We will conclude with a perspective on how the SNAMUTS tool has been used in planning practice in Australia and discuss its potential for providing decision making support in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Carey Curtis

Professor | School of Built Environment

Director – Urbanet; Partner – Australasian Research Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport


Dr Jan Scheurer

Senior Research Fellow

RMIT-AHURI Research Centre

Melbourne, Australia


5th July 11:15-12:00

“What gets measured…”

-  concepts of knowledge use, misuse and non-use in planning and decision making

The range of knowledge tools and technologies available for planners and decision makers is getting wider, better, and more diverse. Yet, against this stands a history of observations of ill-informed decisions, and  non-use, or misuse of knowledge tools and their outputs. In between one can find a variety of conceptual frameworks, theories, and research schools that seek to map the alleged ‘Valley of Death’ between science and policy, and build more or better bridges between producers and users of knowledge. Transport analysis,  urban planning, and environmental assessment are examples of areas where this is observed. The presentation will introduce a number of key concepts and contributions in the research field of ‘knowledge and tool utilization’, and suggest some possible points to discuss in regard to accessibility instruments.

Henrik Gudmundsson, Senior Researcher, PhD

Technical University of Denmark, Department of Transport

Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark


5th July 12:00-12:45

Are indicators used effectively in urban strategy and plan making?

In this presentation I will look at the reasons for why indicators are used / not used in urban strategy and plan making processes. Whilst there are theoretical reasons depending on the specific decision making situation in terms of, for example, the decision tier (policy, plan, programme), a range of other factors may be influencing their uptake. These include political and technical reasons. Suggestions will be made for when being systematic about the choice of indicators may be a useful strategy and when it may be advisable to apply more discursive approaches.


Professor Thomas B Fischer PhD MIEMA

Leader of Research Cluster

‘People, Space and Place’

School of Environmental Sciences

University of Liverpool


6th July 9:00-10:15

Evaluating group processes: Methodological lessons from Group Model Building

Group model building is the construction of system dynamics models in direct participation with decision makers and experts. In the Netherlands group model building has been applied to, among others, problems in criminal justice, health care, defence, taxes, and telecommunication. I will show a general outline for a group model building process and illustrate this with examples from several cases, using both qualitative and quantitative applications. Evaluation of these cases shows a number of surprising insights, for example a discrepancy between self-assessment of learning and evaluations on the basis of pretest – posttest measurements. Ongoing research in controlled settings provides more insights into how different groups of participants and problem situations combine into patterns of methodology use. We then discuss theories from cognitive and social psychology that might explain observed results of group model building.


Dr. E.A.J.A. (Etiënne) Rouwette

Associate Professor

Methodology Department

Nijmegen School of Management

Radboud University Nijmegen


About the COST Program

COST is an intergovernmental framework for european Cooperation and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. More information here.

About the COST Domain TUD

TUD fosters research coordination in the fields of transport and the built environment, which play a strategic role in the modern society and economy. More information here.

About this Action

Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknoledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. More information here.