The newly-released research “Transforming Urban Mobility in Phnom Penh” goes beyond logistics and transportation infrastructure, instead of putting at its core the needs and perceptions of local citizens and urban experts. This study aims to provide a comprehensive and systemic understanding of the myriad of factors influencing urban mobility in Phnom Penh, associated socio-economic costs, and possible actions to ensure more efficient mobility that can benefit all.
The webinar will invite the three research authors, Ph.D. cand. Arnd N. Bätzner, Dr. Veng Kheang PHUN, and Dr. Yat YEN, to present highlights of their research findings and methods to stimulate a conversation with the audience. CKS Director Mr. Natharoun NGO will moderate the discussion.
Ph.D. cand. Arnd N. Bätzner provides consulting on the alignment of multi-modal transit systems with the built environment and strategic land use planning. His work experience includes executive management, research, consulting, and advisory roles with both the public and private sectors in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Arnd is a member of the International Association of Public Transport UITP’s Combined Mobility and Trolleybus Committees, and a member of the Standing Committees on Rail Transit Systems, Passenger Intermodal Facilities, and Paratransit of the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academies (Washington D.C.). Arnd is a non-executive director of Switzerland’s nationwide Mobility Car Sharing system (Lucerne, Switzerland). He co-chairs the Austrian Ministry for Transport’s Strategic Advisory Council on Research, Technology, and Innovation.
Dr. Veng Kheang PHUN is currently the Head of Master Program in Transport Engineering at Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and a Visiting Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). He received his Doctoral degree from Tokyo Tech in 2013 and continued his Postdoc there until 2015. He was working as a Research Fellow at Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute before returning to ITC in 2019. He has also involved with many research and consultation projects, relevant to Traffic, Logistics, Road safety, Urban transport planning & policy, Aviation management & environment, and Civil engineering works.
Dr.Yat YEN received his first PhD degree in Land Resource Management from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and his second PhD degree in Public Administration from the University of Science and Technology of China. He is a CKS senior research fellow and has completed a post-doctoral fellow at Peking University. He has conducted many types of research and surveys using both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as developing research methodologies, developing survey designs, supervising data collection, analyzing and interpreting data, producing reports, and publishing international peer-reviewed papers. Before joining research work, he was a government official at the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport from 2006-2011. He was also a research consultant of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and World Vision International Cambodia.
Moderator: Mr. Natharoun NGO, Director of the Center for Khmer Studies