On February 9, 2016, Dr. Jonathan Gifford gave a briefing to guests of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). The program focuses on the role of public-private partnerships in restructuring economies. Click to view Gifford’s presentation, U.S. Transportation Public Private Partnerships: Governance and Institutional Arrangements.
Center Graduate Research Associate Jeong Yun (“JK”) Kweun is a 2016 recipient of George Mason University’s Summer Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides funding for masters and doctoral level students to spend concentrated time on thesis or dissertation research over the summer break without the distraction of securing and carrying out other employment. JK was selected from dozens of highly-qualified applicants conducting cutting-edge, innovative research at the University.
Center Intern Vinh Mai’s research proposal, “How do developing countries like Vietnam attract worldwide highway developers to participate in P3 projects?” was recently selected for funding by George Mason University’s Undergraduate Research Scholar Program (URSP). Through the research, Mai hopes to devise an innovative method for attracting global developers to Vietnam’s highway market. The work also aims to better understand why the promising Vietnam P3 market has not yet attracted more global interest. Mai plans to share his findings with officials of the Vietnam Department of Transportation.
November 12-14, 2015
Center Graduate Research Associate Lauren McCarthy presented a paper entitled “Social Enterprises and the Sharing Economy, The Case of Shared Use Transportation,” at the APPAM Fall Research Conference held Nov 12-14 in Miami, Florida. The Paper examines the relationship between social enterprise theory, the concept of shared value and where these theories are applied in the shared use model. Identifying three shared use businesses in the transportation sector, McCarthy presents evidence on how these businesses function, provide benefits to the community and are impacting existing public services.
Center Director Jonathan Gifford was asked to become a mentor for 1776 in the transportation arena. “In cities around the world, commuters spend hours each day driving to and from work. Meanwhile, new modes of transportation and new technologies are making it easier and cleaner to get from place to place. 1776 works with startups to identify how we can use technology to make the ways we travel across town and around the world faster, safer, more efficient, and more affordable.” (http://www.1776.vc/)