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Who should attend
C-MAT Research Fundamentals is aimed at (PhD) students, professionals in the transport sector, public servants, etc. who want to obtain a PhD in research consulting, or who aspire to an academic research career or who want to work as a consultant within the supply chain industry.
About the course
C-MAT Research Fundamentals originated from the need for a basic training program for researchers wishing to obtain a PhD in supply chain and / or a career in research consulting. With this program, we want to help (PhD) students, public servants and professionals from transport-related companies and organizations (shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, airlines, airports, etc.) become top-notch consultants and researchers.
After this course, you will (have/be able to):
- differentiate between the different fundamental research methods and understand their strengths and weaknesses when applied to real-world problems;
- you will be familiar with system thinking framework, process and compositional approaches for research design, including identification of research questions and formulation of hypothesis;
- use multimethodologies to approach complex problems with quantitative and qualitative methods;
- a thorough understanding of the basic microeconomic components of structural industrial organization models (IO), i.e. consumer behavior (demand), firm behavior (costs), and competition between firms;
- interpret and criticize the assumptions and results of quantitative studies published in IO field journals, working papers, and consulting reports;
- execute simple but rigorous regression analysis studies of demand, costs, market power and program evaluation;
- theoretically and empirically investigate market outcomes and assess the welfare effects of horizontal and vertical integration;
- analyze government policies in the transport sector using the tools of modern welfare economics: social welfare functions, cost-benefit analysis, methods to evaluate welfare reform, etc.;
- understand and critically evaluate existing studies;
- perform evaluation studies independently based on available information, and to communicate the results to policy makers;
- familiar with a number of modelling and forecasting techniques that are key to research in transport economics;
- match the perspectives of the software engineer and the transport economist. Transport economists understand the problem they want to study and have an idea about what they need from models, but they are not always up-to-date with the possibilities in other fields such as engineering, and vice versa.
7 reasons to study at C-MAT
- A strong MSc program that links academic research to contemporary industry know-how and practice.
- A truly unique international experience and student group.
- Strong ties with the Belgian and international port and air transport sector.
- Excursions, company visits, guest lectures, interactive teaching, and evaluation methods.
- Specialization courses of one or two weeks designed to address current industry challenges and academic research questions.
- Trend-setting events, conferences, and research.
- Strong alliances with excellent universities, leading international enterprises, and various public organizations.
Sign up for one, two, three or four courses and decide for yourself whether you follow the course on campus, or stream live from a location of your choice.
Module 1: Research Methodology
With this course, we want participants to acquire the necessary skills for setting up and successfully implementing research projects, for selecting the appropriate research methods and for critically assessing research by others. It deals with both quantitative and qualitative research methods applied across the field of transport economics. We want participants to get familiar with key research choices, the full research process, the relationship between theory, research and application, and the development of own research tools and techniques.
We provide a structured analytical framework to support development of research studies that can be a valuable tool as well for consulting studies and, in general, any problem-solving situation.
Module 2: Advanced Industrial Economics
The object of analysis in this course is the strategic interaction between firms on markets and the implications for consumer welfare and firm profits. Central concepts are market power and market structure and how these are affected by exogenous changes in demand, technology, and institutional constraints. The course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of policy intervention using comparative statics analysis, regression analysis, and program evaluation methods.
Module 3: Welfare Economics
The purpose of this module is to provide a thorough yet practical overview of important concepts and methods in welfare economics, with special emphasis on cost-benefit analysis. After a brief introduction, we focus on how to measure welfare changes on individuals and how to aggregate such individual changes at the national or regional level. We go on to consider the implications of recent developments on investment in networks and on reference-dependent preferences. A large part of the course is then devoted to the study of specific applications of welfare economics to the transport sector. This includes the relation between externalities, pricing, and investment, evaluating energy policies in the transport sector, transport policies with multiple governments, examples of practical cost-benefit analyses, etc.
Module 4: Transport Modelling
With this module on Transport Modelling, we want you to get familiar with a number of modelling and forecasting techniques that are key to research in transport economics. We thereby offer you a unique combination of transport economic modelling techniques and engineering techniques, thus fusing the perspectives of the software engineer and the transport economist. After all, transport economists understand the problem they want to study and have an idea about what they need from models, but they are not always up-to-date with the possibilities in other fields such as engineering, and vice versa. This module is thus of interest to both (professional) transport economists who want to learn more about engineering types of modelling and to (professional) engineers who want to improve their understanding of economic types of modelling.
Dr. Evy Onghena (°1982, female) graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp in 2013. Her doctoral research dealt with the cost structure and the expansion and cooperation strategies of the Big Four integrators FedEx, UPS, DHL and TNT Express. As a post-doc member of th...
Edwin van Hassel is senior researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics (TPR) at the University of Antwerp, where he is also teaching three courses. He has an engineering degree in Naval Architecture, and he has a PhD in Applied Economics. His main research interests and exper...
Bruno De Borger specializes in transport economics and public economics. His recent publications deal with policies to reduce the external costs of transport, the role of transport policies in federal countries, and cost-benefit analysis in distorted economies. He is on the editorial board of sev...
Rosário Macário, has degrees in Business Economics, MSc in Transportation, PhD in Transportation Systems, Habilitation (DSc) in Civil Engineering. She is Professor and Researcher in Transportation, Vice President of the CERIS - Institute for Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainab...
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