The 14th annual meeting of the Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) takes place today, Tuesday, 23rd August, in Hamburg, Germany with PortEconomics members meeting together with fellow maritime economists interested in port research at the eve of the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).
The Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy. It was established at the IAME 2001 meeting in Hong Kong to undertake empirical testing of port governance, and is currently coordinated by Drs. Mary R. Brooks and Thanos A. Pallis. Since then, PPRN has met 13 times.
In phase one of the PPRN’s research program, its members produced a summary report of port governance structures and port developments in 14 countries, 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 was published by Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Business and Management in October 2013. Currently, the PPRN has a number of initiatives underway and work on several continents in progress. The meeting will seek to explore ways to move the current research agenda of PPRN members forward.
The purpose of the meetings is to frame new research and seek concepts for its funding and development. The Hamburg meeting will focus on what future research the Network members will undertake and are looking to have ideas and support for. The closed portion of the meeting will discuss how it will be managed beyond 2016. Therefore, the closed portion of the program will be open only to members as of June 1. Audience participation is expected in all sessions.
The schedule of the meeting is as follows:
9:00 AM: Welcome and structure of the day’s work (Mary R. Brooks)
9:05-9:45 AM: Session 1—Measuring Port Performance: Current Programs and Extensions
Moderator: Thanos Pallis
For information: A review of recent performance measurement developments in North America (FAST Act, SEAport) (Mary R. Brooks) There is an IAME presentation on evaluating the Transport Canada Fluidity Measurement program in the main IAME program.
Continuing: Portopia: an update (Michael Dooms,)
Continuing: Portopia: User’s perspectives, an update (George Vaggelas)
Open discussion (15 minutes)
9:45-10:30 AM: Session 2—Future Research Concepts and New Indicators to be Explored
Moderator: Mary R. Brooks
Joan Mileski and Amir Gharehgozli: Port performance measurement for bulk terminals (+ Q&A)
Open Discussion: How can PPRN extend what is measured in a concerted way? Can PPRN think about new ways to measure time through ports: is there a role for ‘big data’ and industry partnerships?
10:30-10:45 AM: Coffee Break
10:45-12:00: Session 3—Future Research Concepts and Opportunities
Moderator: Mary R. Brooks
Theo Notteboom and Geraldine Knatz: Identifying interest in an RTBM volume on Port Cooperation Strategies with proposed publication in early 2018.
Francesco Parola (with Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis): Identifying a research agenda on port finance
12:00-13:00: Port Network Planning
Closed discussion (network members only) on new leadership for the Network.
13:15-14:00 PM: Lunch
Registration deadline: 31 July 2016. Register with Teresa Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name tags and name plates are provided courtesy of Dalhousie University
The PORT PERFORMANCE RESEARCH NETWORK is hosted by Dalhousie University’s Centre for International Trade and Transportation
You can also download the schedule in pdf.