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Call for Papers on High-Speed Rail, Equity, and Inclusion

More details: https://www.adb.org/adbi/capacity-building-training/call-for-papers/high-speed-rail-equity-inclusion-mar-2021

High-Speed Rail, Equity, and Inclusion
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

The socioeconomic impacts of high-speed rail (HSR) systems are important considerations for policy makers when planning new lines, assessing their feasibility, and identifying financing sources. However, little attention is paid to their effects on equity, outside of studies of facilities and services access and economic development. Greater focus on HSR and equity issues by governments could help to advance solutions that reduce the negative effects of new projects in favor of more inclusive development.

ADBI is seeking high-quality original, unpublished research papers featuring qualitative and quantitative analyses, case studies, and policy insights on the impacts of HSR on equity, to be presented at a related conference. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Sustainability. Papers focused on Asia and the Pacific and country-level research are welcomed, particularly those from experts in academia, industry, and the public sector that can help to promote more informed HSR policy and investment decisions. Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • HSR systems and equity for sustainability
  • Socioeconomic profile of HSR users
  • Factors deterring non-HSR users from choosing HSR as an alternative transport mode
  • Policies and governance to make HSR more safe, inclusive, and sustainable
  • Mechanisms and investments in affordable HSR systems
  • HSR growth’s effects on wellbeing, tourism, and economic development
  • Other related topics

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their full papers in English via this link by 31 October 2021. All paper submissions must comply with the Instructions for Authors of Sustainability.

Submissions are welcome irrespective of authors’ racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women and residents of Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries are highly encouraged to submit.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work during a related conference, after the publication of the journal special issue. The conference date and venue will be announced later. Should an on-site conference be possible, ADBI will cover the flight and hotel costs for one author from an ADB developing member country per accepted paper. The conference will be held virtually in the event of COVID-19 travel disruptions.

ADBI will support the Author Processing Fees for papers accepted for inclusion in the special issue.

Project Organizing Committee

  • KE Seetha Ram, Senior Consulting Specialist for Capacity Building and Training Projects, ADBI and Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo
  • Francesca Pagliara, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II
  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Professor, Chubu University and Former President, World Conference on Transport Research Society
  • Shreyas Bharule, LocationMind, Tokyo
  • Nikhil Bulgalia, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Veronica Ern Hui Wee, Capacity Building and Training Associate, ADBI

Contacts

Inquiries may be directed to Veronica Wee(link sends e-mail).

Call for Papers on Analyzing Infrastructure Impacts in Asia Through Big Data

More details: https://www.adb.org/adbi/research/call-for-papers/analyzing-infrastructure-impacts-asia-big-data

Analyzing Infrastructure Impacts in Asia Through Big Data
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Developing Asia will need to double its infrastructure investment to $1.7 trillion annually over the next decade to maintain growth momentum, eradicate poverty, and address climate change, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This includes $14.7 trillion for power, $8.4 trillion for transport, $2.3 trillion for telecommunications, and $800 billion for water and sanitation.

Infrastructure development could provide an important boost to COVID-19 recovery among developing Asian economies but will require financing solutions that address growing constraints on the use of public funds for projects due to the pandemic. New funding sources are particularly vital for tackling the region’s sustainable infrastructure investment gap, which is equal to 2.4% of GDP and includes financing for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Big data-based evidence of infrastructure’s spillover effects and policy recommendations for optimizing them will be critical to mobilizing private investment growth within the sector

ADBI is seeking original, unpublished research papers on big data analysis of the impacts of infrastructure development in Asia, to be presented during an ADBI workshop. Areas of focus include micro- and macro-economic data and spatiotemporal data from sources such as satellites, mobile phones, Google Maps, social media, and drones. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring the socioeconomic effects of infrastructure projects
  • Big data analysis of infrastructure impacts and the factors that shape them
  • Post COVID-19 infrastructure financing challenges and solutions

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit extended abstracts in English of at least 1,000 words via this link no later than 09:00 Tokyo time on 19 April 2021. Please include a title, the names and affiliations of the author(s), contact information, an introduction, a literature review, methodology, data, and the expected results. Early submissions are preferred. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 30 April 2021.

All extended abstracts must contain only original or review work which has not been published, nor is currently under review by other journals or conferences. Submissions must comply with the Submission Guidelines for ADBI Publications.

Submissions from citizens of ADB developing member countries are encouraged.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present their work during the related paper development workshop and training workshops to all be held virtually. The dates for the workshops will be announced later.

Project Organizing Committee

  • KE Seetha Ram, Senior Consulting Specialist for Capacity Building and Training Projects, ADBI
  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, ADBI
  • Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, Vice Chair, ADBI
  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus, Keio University
  • Satish V. Ukkusuri, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • Yoshihide Sekimoto, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo

Contact

Inquiries may be directed to Dina Azhgaliyeva(link sends e-mail).

Call for Papers on Sanitation and Development

More details: https://www.adb.org/adbi/research/call-for-papers/sanitation-and-development

Sanitation and Development
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Governments, international agencies, and private organizations have invested heavily in sanitation improvements in Asia and globally in recent decades, though the benefits for vulnerable groups such as the poor, women, and children have yet to be systematically captured. There is also a need to better understand how to optimize sanitation services across households, taking into account prices, competition, and other supply-side factors.

Evidence-based research on sanitation may help pinpoint what progress has been achieved, where efforts are still lacking, and what types of programs work. New empirical evidence may also provide a strong foundation on which practitioners and policy makers can build future programs on sanitation and related Sustainable Development Goals.

ADBI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) are seeking original empirical research papers on sanitation and development, to be presented by the authors during an online workshop on 28-29 October 2021. Authors of the selected papers can request their papers to be considered for inclusion in a special open access issue of the Journal of Development Economics and/or publication as ADBI working papers. Topics related to Asia and the Pacific are of particular interest and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sanitation’s socioeconomic impacts in areas such as health, education, gender, employment, and economic wellbeing
  • Other downstream effects of sanitation on individual or household-level income, domestic migration patterns, and income disparities
  • Demand for sanitation, including responses to sanitation incentives and adoption of sanitation facilities
  • Social and economic spillover effects of sanitation
  • The sanitation network system market, including competition among company suppliers, bidding, auction, and sewered vs. non-sewered sanitation
  • Challenges in sanitation services delivery to poor households in urban and rural areas
  • The role of technology such as mobile payment systems in improving sanitation access and delivery
  • Other topics related to the economics of sanitation

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their full papers in English via this link by 15 September 2021 at 22:00 Tokyo time. The cover letter must mention that the submission is for the “ADBI-BMGF-IFS Workshop on Sanitation and Development.” All paper submissions must comply with the Guide for Authors of the Journal of Development Economics.

Submissions are welcome irrespective of authors’ racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women and residents of Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries are highly encouraged to participate.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of selected papers will be invited to present during the 28-29 October 2021 online workshop. Should conditions allow the workshop to be conducted in Tokyo, ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper. The author must be a citizen of an ADB member economy.

The open access fees for the journal special issue will be sponsored by the BMGF Chronos.

Project Organizing Committee

  • Tetsushi Sonobe, ADBI
  • Britta Augsburg, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Jennifer Orgill-Meyer, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Molly Lipscomb, University of Virginia
  • Tan-Soo Jie-Sheng, National University of Singapore
  • Dil Rahut, ADBI
  • Roshan Raj Shrestha, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • KE Seetha Ram, ADBI
  • Ma. Laarni Revilla, ADBI

Contact

Inquiries may be directed to Ma. Laarni Revilla(link sends e-mail).

Note: There is a separate call for papers on WASH technologies and urban governance and a related conference with a different target audience. Please be sure your submission is for the correct call for papers and conference.

Visiting Professor KE Seetharam publishes an article “Reading the World: Maximizing the Results of High-Speed Rail in India’s Bullet Train” (In Japanese:世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化) at International Development Journal

Visiting Professor KE Seetharam publishes an article “Reading the World: Maximizing the Results of High-Speed Rail in India’s Bullet Train” (In Japanese:世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化) at International Development Journal

世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化

アジア開発銀行研究所(ADBI) シニアコンサルティング・スペシャリスト K. E. シータラム

KEシータラム客員教授の記事「世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化」が国際開発ジャーナルに掲載されました

KEシータラム客員教授の記事「世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化」が国際開発ジャーナル2020年7月号に掲載されました

世界を読む インド新幹線で考える高速鉄道の成果の最大化

アジア開発銀行研究所(ADBI) シニアコンサルティング・スペシャリスト K. E. シータラム

“Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life” edited by Visiting Professor KE Seetharam is published

“Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life” co-edited by Visiting Professor KE Seetharam is published by Asian Development Bank Institute.

Asia needs high-quality infrastructure development projects, such as high-speed rail, to drive economic growth and improve quality of life in the region.

https://www.adb.org/publications/handbook-high-speed-rail-quality-life

PDF version is freely available to download from Asian Development Bank Institute’s website:
https://www.adb.org/publications/handbook-high-speed-rail-quality-life

Call for Papers on Resilience of Cities to External Shocks: Analysis, Modeling and Economic Impacts

More details: https://www.adb.org/adbi/research/call-for-papers/resilience-cities-external-shocks

Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Purdue University, and the University of Tokyo are seeking research papers featuring sound theoretical backgrounds, quantitative analysis, case studies, and policy insights for possible inclusion in a special issue of the journal Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. Topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Measuring economic impacts of urban resilience projects
  • New theories of socio-technical resilience
  • Empirical analysis of recovery and resilience using big data sources
  • Modeling the recovery of socio-physical systems after shocks
  • Multiplier effect of positive shocks
  • Big data analytics for resilience to environmental and financial shocks
  • Macroscopic displacement and migration modeling after shocks
  • Financial challenges for development of urban resilience projects
  • Case studies of socio-technical resilience

Submission Procedure

Contributors should submit their full papers in English to Dr KE Seetha Ram at kseetharam@adbi.org(link sends e-mail) by 31 January 2020.

Contributors should clearly indicate that the paper is submitted to Special Issue on “Resilience of Cities to External Shocks: Analysis, Modeling and Economic Impacts.” All papers should adhere to the “Guidelines for Authors” of Environment and Planning B.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to the paper development workshop to be held at ADBI in Tokyo. ADBI will provide travel support to one author per paper—the author must be a citizen of an ADB member country.

Guest Editors

Visiting Professor KE Seetha Ram at the National High-Speed Rail Corporation seminar

Visiting Professor KE Seetha Ram was invited to the National High-Speed Rail Corporation seminar was held at IIT, Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India to discuss the High-Speed Rail Innovation Centre Trusts as a member of the Advisory Council.

The second advisory council meeting of the trust was on Tuesday at IIT Gandhinagar. At the council meeting, … Prof K.E. Seetha Ram, Visiting professor at the centre for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, … along with senior officials of NHSRCL deliberated on the project proposals received from various IITs and road map for targeted innovative, indigenous, and cost-effective solutions related to HSR building in India

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/india-s-bullet-train-innovation-centre-gets-academics-from-tokyo-university-japan-railways/21620161

Book “Principles of Infrastructure: Case Studies and Best Practices” edited by Visiting Professor KE Seetharam has been published online by ADBI

A book “Principles of Infrastructure: Case Studies and Best Practices” edited by Visiting Professor KE Seetharam has been published online by ADBI.

The book is freely available at https://www.adb.org/publications/principles-infrastructure-case-studies-best-practices

Infrastructure is a priority around the world for all stakeholders.
Infrastructure projects can continue for several years, from planning and construction to the provision of services. As development in Asia and the Pacific accelerates, governments must invest more in infrastructure to ensure continued economic growth.
This book draws on lessons and case studies from Japan and worldwide, covering broad and long-term infrastructure projects. It describes the principles of developing quality infrastructure and focuses on the various steps of a project—from design, planning, and construction to operation and management. It also discusses overseas development assistance, taking examples from Asian Development Bank and World Bank projects. This book is an important reference tool for policy makers in Asia who are planning and implementing large-scale public infrastructure.