Dr. Taede Tillema professor of Transport Geography by special appointment

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Dr. T. (Taede) Tillema (1979, Delfzijl) has been appointed as professor of Transport Geography by special appointment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department of Economic Geography, University of Groningen.

Professor Tillema will contribute to education and research in the field of transport geography, focusing on transport mobility and accessibility with an emphasis on areas around and outside the city.
His chair was established by the Foundation for the Promotion of Spatial Sciences and is supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Tillema: “Innovations in transport, such as self-driving vehicles, electric bicycles and ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ concepts, influence the accessibility of both cities and areas outside of cities. They can also influence land use patterns and therefore the places where households and businesses undertake their activities.


Currently, a lot of research into transport mobility and quality of life issues is focused on the city. My research will also contribute to the insight into mobility and the perceptions of accessibility in areas outside. Do differences between the city and the areas outside the city increase or decrease? And for which groups is this the case? In doing so, I strive for a good connection between research and (evidence based) policy. Knowledge that will contribute to important choices for our society.”

About Taede Tillema
Tillema is expert in the field of transport mobility, infrastructure planning and spatial planning. He has been working since 2013 as a researcher at KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis, part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. He combines his (one day per week) professorship with his work at KiM.

Tillema studied Civil Engineering and Management at the University of Twente and obtained a PhD at Utrecht University for research into the effects of pricing policies in traffic and transport. He then worked successively as a postdoc researcher at Utrecht University (relationship between ICT developments and physical mobility) and as a senior researcher within the ‘Sustainable Roads’ cooperation programme between Rijkswaterstaat and the University of Groningen.

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