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Centre for Transportation Studies

The Centre for Transportation Studies is a Research Centre at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The centre fosters research and publication on transportation, logistics and closely allied fields with a particular emphasis on green logistics. The primary emphasis is on economics, management and policy issues, but many academic disciplines may be involved including economics, operations research, statistical analysis, management and organizational structure, as well as teaming up with expertise from civil engineering, geography, environmental studies, planning or other academic programs. Research usually involves student research assistants under the direction of faculty, thereby contributing to the teaching role of the university as well as the research function. There is an emphasis on publication to foster wider knowledge and contribute to improved management and public policy in transportation and logistics.

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Upcoming Event

The Social Responsibility of Port Shipping

Monday, November 2, 2015 3:30pm
SFU Vancouver - Harbour Centre - Room 7000

As Vancouver Port President and CEO Robin Silvester explains in BC Shipping: “It is up to us as a port authority to manage [this] growth in trade in a sustainable way so we ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of trade, a healthy environment and thriving communities.” It is unclear, however, what managing growth in a sustainable way means, particularly in terms of the role, authority and responsibility of the port.

On one hand, the port has a mandate and responsibility to move the products that drive our economy, acting as the transmission belt for the movement of goods as they enter and exit the country. As the portal for these goods, the port does not play an active role in deciding which goods may and may not enter the country. Rather, their role is to operate in an open market context to facilitate and not restrict trade. On the other hand, goods and materials shipped through the port can present a risk to communities, as can the operations of the port. Expansion projects can tie the port to specific commodities, suggesting that the ports do play an important discerning role in shaping trade to protect the public good.

Join us for an engaging discussion as SFU and UBC Professors Peter Hall, Kathryn Harrison, and Trevor Heaver discuss the pros and cons of this critical and timely topic: What responsibility do federal ports have for the social impacts of commodities shipped through their waters?

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