The 11th meeting of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) takes place in Marseilles, France on Tuesday, 2 July 2013, with the support of the IAME 2013 team and the kind hospitality of the Port of Marseilles.
The Marseilles meeting will be the culmination of Phase 2 and the beginning of Phase 3. The second phase has working on sub-themes of interest to the group, and preparing a global role-out of a port effectiveness survey for port users.
The forthcoming PPRN meeting will further discuss frameworks and structure future research lines, including the following themes that have progressed since last year’s meeting in Taipei. In particular themes to be discussed include:
- Measuring Port Performance
- Research on Port Authorities Strategies
- Port Governance
- Climate Change Impacts on Ports
- Ports and Regional Development
- Support of UNCTAD’s Port Performance initiative
- Research on Cruise Ports
This year’s PPRN meeting will focus on what future research the Network should undertake and how it will be managed beyond 2014. Therefore, following open discussions with interested participants, the after-lunch portion of the PPRN meeting program will determine what Phase 3 will look like and open only to members as of June 1.
You might download the final program of the meeting @PortEconomics.
PPRN is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy management and economics that was established at the IAME 2001 meeting in Hong Kong to undertake empirical testing of port governance, and is currently coordinated by the members of the PortEconomics team Mary R. Brooks and Thanos A. Pallis.
Since then, PPRN has met ten times, and its members produced a summary report of port governance structures and port developments in 14 countries. The outcome of the first phase of PPRN activities was published in: Brooks M.R. and Cullinane K. (Eds), (2007). Devolution, Port Governance and Port Performance. London: Elsevier. Research from the second phase of findings will be published by Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM).