The research I had the opportunity to conduct in the U.S., addressing the structure, characteristics and performance of rail-based port-hinterland corridors within which Memphis serves as a major hub, accounts for an important part of my doctoral research, complementing the analysis already performed for the European context, thus contributing towards reaching an important goal of my research. The latter refers to the development of an internationally consistent set of corridor performance metrics, which by considering the differences that the world’s two main trading regions present (i.e. Europe and North America) in terms of regional patterns of hinterland market concentration, could be effectively applied in several contexts.
My time in the U.S. also provided me with the opportunity to actively engage with a number of key experts in my field of study, and greatly benefit from our interaction. The knowledge and experiences of my host professor added further value to my research, while his targeted guidance assisted me into effectively updating my methodological approach so that the differences found in the U.S. can be accounted for. I also had the opportunity to participate and present my research work at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), where further interactions with leading relevant experts were undertaken. Furthermore, I’m fortunate enough to have been accepted as a member in two TRB Standing Committees (‘International Trade and Transportation’ and ‘Marine Environment’) where I will voluntarily serve for the next three years, extending in that way my cooperation and interaction with distinguished colleagues mainly in the U.S. but also from other parts of the world. February 2019