EIB-ERSA Prize for regional science 2011 went to Professor Piet Rietveld, a professor of transport economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. ©EIB/ERSA

During this year’s European Regional Science Association (ERSA) congress, the word’s largest regional science congress, the annual EIB-ERSA Prize for regional science went to Professor Piet Rietveld.

The theme of the 51st ERSA congress, which took place in Barcelona between 30th August and 3rd September, was “New challenges for European regions and urban areas in a globalised world”.

Piet Rietveld is a professor of transport economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. He is a leading researcher in economic geography. His current research is focused on transport and regional development, valuing the quality of transport services and the economics of public transport.

The EIB-ERSA Prize for regional science was created to recognise the outstanding contribution of scholars to the advancement in regional science and in related spatial studies. It is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of six eminent regional scientists, four from Europe, one from the Americas and one from the rest of the world. Prizes have been awarded since 2003, last year, it went to Roberto Camagni from Politecnico di Milano.

Download the past and current research work of Piet Rietveld.