Senior Research Scientist, CTR Deputy Director
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Robert Harrison is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director at the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the area of transportation planning for over 35 years and has published in the areas of economic impact studies, trade issues, cost/benefit analysis, and transport sector planning. He has also undertaken a number of trade and transportation studies in a wide variety of countries. More recently, these have focused on NAFTA trade corridors and inland ports, freight planning and megaregions, Texas-Mexico border trade issues, and several policy and economic issues related to the Texas Gulf ports, including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. He has contributed to 70 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports, 12 Southwest University Transportation Center (UTC) reports, and has published 45 peer-reviewed papers. Mr. Harrison has made presentations to senior U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) staff, and has given testimony at a number of Texas Senate hearings.
Mr. Harrison is currently an academic in residence at TxDOT assisting the development of state multimodal freight planning. He is a past president of the U.S. Transportation Research Forum (TRF) and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the TRF quarterly publication. He is a past chairman of the Committee on Intermodal Freight Terminal Design (A2M03), and has served on both the TRB Committee on International Trade and Transportation (A5006) and the TRB Committee on Motor Vehicle Size and Weight (A1B04).
Prior to joining the Center for Transportation Research in 1987, Mr. Harrison worked first as an academic in the United Kingdom, then as an economist for the United Nations, and finally as a consultant to the World Bank. During the latter period, he co-authored Vehicle Operating Costs: Evidence from Developing Countries, published by Johns Hopkins Press and also contributed to World Bank transportation sector reviews in Latin America, Africa, and the Russian federation.