Urban, Port and Transport Economics

Urban, Port and Transport Economics has a rich tradition at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 1988, the Erasmus School of Economics offers education programs that are tailored to prepare students for strategic and higher-level industry, consultancy and government positions in these fields. The spatial dimension of economic processes is an intellectual challenge, but also requires a practical and solution-driven approach. In cooperation with businesses and governments, we invest in the skills and capacities of tomorrow’s policy makers and managers through a working knowledge of the interlinked disciplines of Urban Economics, Port Economics and Transport Economics. What is the relevance of Urban, Port and Transport Economics?

Transport Economics is full of opportunities. Services account for more than half of the national income in the Netherlands, and are primarily in transportation, distribution, and logistics. It is also one of the sectors with the largest growth potential, and traditionally of strategic importance to the competitiveness of the Netherlands. With the expansion of among others the Port of Rotterdam, transport flows will double in the next two decades offering unique career opportunities in trade, transport and logistics. On the other hand, this transport growth puts pressure on the urban environment in terms of congestion, air quality, and attractiveness. Our students are challenged to find well-advised solutions to accommodate transport growth. The skills they develop in this specialization enable them to excel in their later career. Strong activity in port related activities, logistics and distribution makes Rotterdam an interesting city to study transport economics.

Port Economics and Rotterdam are strongly linked. Rotterdam is a major world port city, comprising one of the largest and most modern port complexes in the world. As such, it has a rich base of companies and institutes with deep knowledge and expertise in the field of port economics and the management of transport and logistics. The presences of the port and the historically strong ties between the Rotterdam port complex and Erasmus University Rotterdam make it the primary place to study port economics and logistics. Port economics translates economic theories and concepts to the dynamic and complex entity of a seaport and its related transport and logistics sector. Students learn how to bring their basic knowledge in economics and management to practice and gain a good insight in the structure and working of seaports and related transport and logistics. Many alumni of our education programs are managing logistics and other port-related firms.

Urban Economics is all around us. Cities are challenging environments for policymaking, industry and education. Cities are part of our everyday life, but their complexity is often disregarded as we tend to take our environment for granted. As economic growth mainly manifests itself in cities, due to a high concentration of people, businesses and amenities, cities are the focal points for research, design and business activity. The performance of cities depends on their ability to adapt to changing circumstance, to remain attractive and to respond to changing trends and technology. Urban economics addresses the workings of supply and demand on various urban markets, such as the labour market, the real estate market and the market for visitors and tourists. Knowledge of these mechanisms enables students to open up to their urban environments and to take the lead in shaping successful urban environments. Our students are in demand by both the private sector (such as banking, real estate developers and consultancy) as well as the public sector (local, national and international).

More information

The Master specialisation, Bachelor Minor and Bachelor Major in Urban, Port and Transport Economics are jointly organised by Erasmus UPT and the department of Applied Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics. All programmes are offered in English.

The website of the Erasmus School of Economics provides more information on the Master in Urban, Port and Transport Economics, the Bachelor Major and the Bachelor Minor.