Researcher (Smaller Project 2006)
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Dr Mark Zuidgeest graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Twente in The Netherlands and earned his doctorate degree from the TRAIL Netherlands Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics with a PhD dissertation on Sustainable Urban Transport Development in 2005.
Currently, Mark works as assistant professor Urban Transport in the department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo‐Information Management (Faculty Geo‐information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)) and with the Centre for Transport Studies (Faculty Engineering Technology) both part of the University of Twente.
His main fields of research and professional interest are sustainable urban transport development, non‐motorized transport, geographical information science for transportation and road infrastructure, as well as methods and models for urban transport planning and assessment, primarily in cities in developing countries. He has been working in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Philippines both for research as well as education.

Project title: Land, urban form and ecological footprint of transport: application of geo-information to measure transport related urban sustainability in developing countries with a case study of Ahmedabad, India
Host organisation: ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands

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