Prof. dr. Frank Witlox

Prof. dr. Frank Witlox
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Frank J. A. Witlox (°1967)
Ghent University – Department of Geography

MA Applied Economics, 1989, University of Antwerp
MA Maritime Sciences, 1990, University of Antwerp
Ph.D. Urban Planning, 1998, Eindhoven University of Technology

Frank Witlox holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning (Eindhoven University of Technology), a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics and a Master's Degree in Maritime Sciences (both University of Antwerp). Currently, he is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography of the Ghent University. He teaches among others Transport Geography; Economic Geography; Geography of the Enterprise; Transport, Logistics and Space; Spatial Modelling Techniques; Current Issues in Social and Economic Geography. He is also a visiting professor at ITMMA (Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp) where he teaches Warehouse and Hinterland Distribution Management and Transport Economics and Policy, and an Associate Director of GaWC (Globalization and World Cities, Loughborough University). Since 2010 he is the Director of the Doctoral School of Natural Sciences (UGent).

Frank Witlox has hold part-time teaching positions at the Hasselt University (Belgium), University of Antwerp (Belgium), and University of Leuven-Campus Kortrijk (Belgium), and is a guest lecturer at Lund University-Campus Helsingborg (Sweden) and University of Tartu (Estonia). Since August 2013 he has been appointed an honorary professor in the School of Geography at The University of Nottingham.

His research focuses on travel behavior analysis and modeling, travel and land use, sustainable mobility issues, business travel, cross-border mobility, city logistics, global commodity chains, globalization and world city-formation, polycentric urban development, contemporary challenges in agricultural land use, and locational analysis of corporations.


  • 01/10/2013-30/09/2016 Honorary Professor, The University of Nottingham
  • 01/10/2010-present Director Doctoral School of Natural Sciences
  • 01/10/2008-present Professor of Economic Geography, Ghent University
  • 01/09/2007-present Associate Director 'Globalization and World Cities' – Study Group & Network, Loughborough University (UK)
  • 01/10/2006-30/09/2008 Associate Professor of Economic Geography, Ghent University
  • 01/10/2002-present Part-time visiting Professor of Warehouse and Hinterland Distribution Management, University of Antwerp-Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp
  • 01/10/2000-30/09/2006 Assistant Professor of Economic Geography, Ghent University
  • 01/10/2000-30/09/2002 Part time visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Antwerp
  • 01/10/1998-30/09/2008 Part time Assistant Professor of Transport Policy, Hasselt University
  • 01/10/1990-30/09/2000 Teaching and doctoral assistant, University of Antwerp
  • 01/04/1990-30/09/1990 Research assistant, University of Antwerp

Most important academic services

  • 2012-2013 Member of the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli, Den Haag)
  • 2012-2015 Member of NVAO-KNAW (Amsterdam)
  • 2011-present Expert-member MORA (Mobility Council Flanders)
  • 2010-present Chairman of the Curriculum Commission Geography-Geomathics (UGent)
  • 2010-present Member of the scientific advisory board of VIL (Flanders Institute of Logistics)
  • 2010-present Member of Regional Science Association-Nederland (RSA-N)
  • 2009-present Chairman of Benelux Interuniversity Association of Transport Economists (Brussels)
  • 2006-present Member of UGent Faculty of Sciences Council
  • 2008-2010 Chairman of the Educational Commission Geography-Geomathics (UGent)
  • 2007-2010 Member of the Steering Committee 'Vlaanderen in Actie'
  • 2005-2010 Chairman ‘Vervoerslogistieke Werkdagen’ (Den Haag)
  • 2000-2008 Secretary of the Examination Commission Geography & Land Surveying

Present editorial boards
Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap, Business Logistics, Aerlines Magazine, Belgian Journal of Geography, Journal of Mobile Communication, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, Maatschappij en Ruimte, Journal of Transport Geography, Transactions in Maritime Science, Journal of Urban Technology.

Research projects and expertise
As project manager or consultant he conducted research for the European Commission (CIVITAS), the Belgian government (DWTC, Kabinet Minister van Mobiliteit en Vervoer; OFO; Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid), the Dutch government (KiM, Rli), the Flemish government (PBO, FWO-V, IWT, Steunpunt Ruimte en Wonen, Steunpunt Verkeersveiligheid, MORA, Studiedienst van de Vlaamse Regering), city councils (Stad Antwerpen, Stad Gent), professional associations (FEBETRA, SAV), consultancy firms (Studiegroep Omgeving, Resource Analysis, GEDAS, WES, IBM Business Consulting Services, BCI, RebelGroup), universities and institutions (SFO, BOF-UA, BOF-UGent, Vlaams Instituut voor de Logistiek, Vlaams Instituut voor de Mobiliteit, Dept. Internationaal Vlaanderen, VITO, POM Oost-Vlaanderen), and private companies (Touring Wegenhulp, VTB-VAB, PaperPak, SGS Belgium) in the field economic geography, location theory, transport economics and geography, urban planning, logistics, spatial modelling techniques.


  • laureate of the "Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting"" (The Hague) (1993-1994)
  • laureate Prix Fondation Louis Davin (2e période biennale 1995-1996), Académie Royale des sciences, des lettres & des beaux-arts De Belgique (Classe des Lettres — Ministère de la Communauté française) (1995-1996)
  • winner of the "Two-year research award of the Joint Research Board of the University of Antwerp (category Applied Economic Sciences and Political Sciences)" (1999).

A large number of international congresses with active participation: AAG (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), AATT (2008), AirNeth (2007), ASRDLF (2004), ATRS (2006, 2007), BELGIUM/FUZZY (2000), BMI (2007), BRD (2005), CUPUM (1999), CVS (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009), DDSS (1996, 1998), ECAS (2009), ECTQG (2003, 2007), EFDAN (1996), EIRASS (1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008), ERSA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008), ETC (2004, 2010), EUFIT (1996), EUGEO (2007), EURESCO (2001), EURO (2002, 2004), EUROFUSE (2002), FLAGIS (2003), FRANCORO (2004), FUZZY/IEEE (1996), IATBR (2009), ICLSP (2004), ICOR (2006), ICTTP (2008), IESM (2005), IGU (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), INSNA (2005), ISA (2006), ISTTT (2010), ITS (2008, 2009), NECTAR (2003, 2005, 2009), NAFIPS (1996), NOFOMA (2008), NVVC (2008), PDD (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999), Plandag (2000, 2009), RESER (2010), PILAS (2010), RmR (2004, 2005, 2007), RSA (2007, 2008, 2009), SeBGIS (2006), SPM (2008, 2010), Sunbelt (2005), TDM (2010), TRAIL (2008, 2010), TRB (2007, 2008, 2010), UPE (2002, 2009), VLW (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), VWEC (2004, 2006, 2008), WCTR (1998, 2004, 2007, 2010), YEAR (2010).

Supervisor doctoral dissertations

  • Tijs Neutens (21 januari 2010) – Space, time and accessibility. Analysing human activities and travel possibilities from a time-geographic perspective. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotors: Ph. De Maeyer, F. Witlox & T. Schwanen (Oxford University))
  • Veronique Van Acker (27 januari 2010) – Spatial and social variations in travel behaviour. Incorporating lifestyles and attitudes into travel behaviour-land use interaction research. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotors: F. Witlox & B. van Wee (TU Delft))
  • Lomme Devriendt (3 februari 2010) – Nodal points in the space of informational flows: An empirical analysis of transnational urban networks based on Internet and air traffic flows. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotors: F. Witlox & B. Derudder)
  • Thomas Vanoutrive (6 december 2010) – From mobility management and multilevel modelling towards modelling mobility and multilevel management. UGent-UA Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie & Departement Transport en Ruimtelijke Economie (promotors: F. Witlox & A. Verhetsel (UA))
  • Kobe Boussauw (4 maart 2011) – Aspects of spatial proximity and sustainable travel behaviour in Flanders: a quantitative approach. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotor: F. Witlox)
  • David Bassens (28 maart 2011) – Islamic financial services and the world city network. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotors: F. Witlox & B. Derudder)
  • Heidi Hanssens (30 mei 2011) – The geography of contemporary urban systems at various spatial scales. An empirical analysis based on information flows in the advanced producer services sector. UGent Proefschrift, Vakgroep Geografie (promotors: F. Witlox & B. Derudder)
  • Sven H.M. Vlassenroot (23 juni 2011) – The acceptability of in-vehicle iIntelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems: From trial support to public support. Proefschrift T.U. Delft. (promotors: K. Brookhuis (TU Delft) & F. Witlox)
  • Ana Carolina Mojica Segovia (2013) – Urban habitat and everyday life organization: gender differences and inequities in the use of space and time in Léon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Dubbeldoctoraat Universidad Complutense de Madrid & UGent (promotors: A. Sabaté Martínez & F. Witlox)
  • Sara Verlinde (2013) (promotors: F. Witlox & C. Macharis)
  • Olle Järv (2013) (promotors: R. Ahas & F. Witlox)
  • Hossein Azadi (2013) (promotoren: F. Witlox, B. Derudder & P. De Maeyer)
  • Thomas Dubois (2014) (promotors: F. Witlox & G. Allaert)
  • Shengrun Zhang (2014) (promotors: F. Witlox & B. Derudder)
  • Elien Van de Vijver (2014) (promotors: B. Derudder & F. Witlox)
  • Maarten Roels (2014) (promotors: G. Allaert & F. Witlox)
  • Tom Storme (2015) (promotors: F. Witlox & B. Derudder)
  • Dereje Gebremeskel Teklemariam (2016) (promotors: F. Witlox, J. Nyssen & H. Azadi)
  • Katrien Plasschaert (2016) (promotors: F. Witlox & V. Van Acker)
  • Jonas De Vos (2016) promotors: F. Witlox & V. Van Acker)
  • Pedram Zand (2016) (promotors: F. Witlox & V. Van Acker)
  • Hojjat Allah Khederi (2016) (promotors: F. Witlox & H. Azadi)
  • Habtamu Tekle Sisay (2016) (promotors: F. Witlox, V. Van Eetvelde, B. Derudder & V. Van Acker)
  • Michiel van Meeteren (2016) (promotors: B. Derudder & F. Witlox)

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  • 142 Web-of-Science papers (#citations 1163; h-index 20): Regional Studies; Computers, Environment and Urban Systems; Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie; Expert Systems with Applications; Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft; Transportation Planning and Technology; Journal of Air Transport Management; IEEE Intelligent Systems; Urban Studies; Transport Reviews; Childhood; International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence; Urban Geography; International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences; Eurasian Geography and Economics; Journal of Transport Geography; Journal of Geographical Systems; International Migration; Journal of Urban Technology; Decision Support Systems; International Journal of Production Economics; Transportation Research A; Environment and Planning A; The Service Industries Journal; Area; European Urban and Regional Studies; Global Networks; Geografiska Annaler B; Transportation Research F; Telecommunications Policy; European Journal of Transport Infrastructure and Research; Papers in Regional Science; Political Geography; Transportation; Transportation Research D; Applied Geography; Geoforum; IET Intelligent Transport Systems; International Journal of Sustainable Transportation; Entrepreneurship and Regional Development; Journal of Geography ; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition; Global and Planetary Change; Biotechnology Advances; Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics; Journal of Economic Geography; Forest Policy and Economics; Transport Policy; Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture; City & Community; Erdkunde; The Cartographical Journal; Journal of Food Products Marketing; Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews; The Professional Geographer; Journal of Sports & Social Issues; PLoS One; South African Geographical Journal; Sustainability Science; European Planning Studies.
  • 59 paper in peer reviewed journals not in W-o-S: Netherlands Journal of Housing and the Built Environment; Belgium Journal of Operations Research, Statistics and Computer Science; Geographical and Environmental Modelling; Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; Electronic Journal of Geography and Mathematics; The Land; Brussels Economic Review; Belgian Journal of Geography; Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice; Children, Youth and Environments; Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschap; Geography Compass; The Journal of European Economic History; Flux: International Scientific Quarterly on Networks and Territories; Revue d'Economie Régionale et Urbaine; Agora; Cybergéo; Kwartaalschrift Economie; Ruimte & Planning; GeoJournal; Tijdschrift voor Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke Ordening; Ruimte & Maatschappij; Fennia: International Journal of Geography; Earthzine; Journal of Transport and Land Use.
  • 25 papers in other (local) journals
  • 36 proceedings contributions
  • 6 books, 30 edited books, and 151 book contributions