Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison University of Texas
Senior Research Scientist

Quick Facts on Robert Harrison

  • Has worked in the area of transportation planning for over 35 years and has published in the areas of economic impacts, trucking, freight centers, ports, trade issues, cost/benefit analysis, and transport sector planning
  • Contributed to more than 130 TxDOT reports, 12 Southwest University Transportation Center reports, and published 47 peer-reviewed papers
  • Undertaken a number of trade and transportation studies in a wide variety of countries, focusing recently 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
  • Has made presentations to senior U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) staff, and has given testimony at a number of Texas Senate hearings
  • Past president of the U.S. Transportation Research Forum and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the TRF quarterly publication
  • Past chairman (2002-2008) 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, 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
  • 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

Areas of Research

  • Ports
  • Transportation planning
  • Border issues
  • Containers
  • Economic issues
  • Freight