Economic model for transport and spatial planning in metropolitan areas

The ThUNDER project, or Transport and UrbaN Development on Regional level, addresses the problems associated with mobility, transport and spatial planning in and around the large Flemish and Belgian cities. ThUNDER studies the intricate connection between a city and its transport system. The location of firms, distribution, shopping activities, and real estate development are just some examples of activities dependent on the accessibility of the city's infrastructure. Households are attracted to cities providing high quality services and which have an accessible job market. Mobility plays an essential role in location decisions.

The main objective of this project is to develop an innovative economic model at the level of the city and its surrounding metropolitan area. The research intends to contribute to the growing literature on urban modelling and to provide a basis for an applied model of at least one, but preferably three Flemish cities. It also provides a basis for further applied work and for policy analysis.

The research in this project is performed within the framework of a Baekeland agreement, in cooperation with the KU Leuven and is funded by the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. Upon its successful completion, the work performed in this project will result in a PhD.


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2011 - 2016

funded by

the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology of Flanders (IWT)


Christophe Heyndrickx


KU Leuven


Christophe Heyndrickx

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