Prof. dr. Giovanni Circella

Tenured Academic Staff
Research unit
Social and Economic Geography


Giovanni Circella joined Ghent University in 2022 as a BOF tenure-track professor of mobility in the Department of Geography. His teaching and research interests include transportation planning, travel behavior and emerging transportation services, sustainable transportation, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, and policy analysis. His recent research has focused on the impacts of information and communication technology (ICT), telecommuting, e-shopping, new mobility (including shared mobility, micromobility, and ridehailing) and vehicle automation on travel behavior and auto ownership, the evolving lifestyles and mobility patterns of specific population segments (e.g. “millennials”) and in various regions of the U.S., Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Prof. Circella is leading a major research effort on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on activity organization and travel choices. He is the Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on ICT and Transportation (AEP35) and a member of the Travel Behavior and Values (AEP30) Committee. Giovanni is an elected member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR), and he serves in the US National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 20-102, 20-102(01), 20-102(09) and 20-102(19) and the US Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) B-47 project panels on the impacts of connected and automated vehicles and other emerging transportation technologies on travel. He is also the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies and the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis, and regularly cooperates with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), other agencies, and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Europe, and South America.