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Intermodal Transport Policy: A GIS-based Intermodal Transport Policy Evaluation Model

Intermodal Transport Policy: A GIS-based Intermodal Transport Policy Evaluation Model

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12/19/2012

 
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS, SOCIAL AND POLITICALSCIENCES AND SOLVAY BUSINESS SCHOOL
Intermodal Transport Policy:A GIS-based Intermodal TransportPolicy Evaluation Model
Ethem Pekin
 Proefschrift ingediend met het oog op het behalen van dewetenschappelijke graad van doctorin de Toegepaste Economische WetenschappenPromotor: Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis
 
 
 
 
Acknowledgments
Now that I have done it, I learned that a PhD study is an art of making a long story short.With this dissertation, a
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of work that has taken place over a period of almost fiveyears (2005-2009) is presented. It is often acknowledged that the research process in socialsciences, including economics, is an individual effort and a PhD dissertation is the ultimateoutcome of this devotion. While it is the authors’ name written on the cover, there are a lotof people that have supported me to finish my PhD studies.First of all, I would like to express my gratefulness to my supervisor, Professor dr. CathyMacharis. Your strong encouragement, your to the point feedback, your visionary ideas, yourendless supervision, revealed the secret ingredient of motivating myself during this period. Ihave challenged my intellectual boundaries thanks to our academic inquires, primarily as aresearcher but also as a human being. I am also thankful to you for standing right besideme for overcoming the practical problems I have gone through in Belgium. It was you thatalways made me feel home.I would also like to thank Prof. dr. Frank Plastria, Prof. dr. Bart Jourquin and An Caris fortheir valuable comments and feedback on the earlier stages of my dissertation, whichenriched my research perspectives to deliver this final result.I want to acknowledge the following institutions for their generous funding: Belgian SciencePolicy for the financial support for the project “Decision Support System for IntermodalTransport Policy” and the European Commission for the financial support for the project “Training Tools in Logistics and Transport”. My gratitude also extends to the project partnersfor their fruitful collaboration during the execution of the projects. A special “thank you” goes to the organisations for their support in providing material for the study. I amespecially grateful to Alim Kucukpehlivan from Basarsoft for providing the datasets forTurkey and Omer Celik from Turkish State Railways for sharing high-level strategic reports.I would also like to express my gratitude to my colleagues, Astrid, Annelies, Ellen, Fré,Kenneth, Koen, Laurence, Ollie, Tessa and Tom, for all the laughs and making me feel atease during the preparation of this dissertation. Especially to Ellen and Tom for thediscussions we had on externals costs and fuel prices and how to incorporate them in themodel. Frankly, the worst part of finalising period of this dissertation was to be staying awayfrom the university. I will always cherish the colourful atmosphere at work thanks to yourpresence.i

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