The International Transport Forum acts as a Think Tank for policy-makers and the global transport community, providing evidence-based insights on transport policy issues. Our researchers are committed to delivering impartial analysis of the highest quality.
The work of the International Transport Forum is underpinned by economic research, statistics collection and policy analysis, often undertaken in collaboration with many of the world's leading research figures in academia, business and government. It aims to facilitate the exchange of information internationally and draw operational conclusions for policy-makers. The overall objective is to improve the capacity for decision-making in the 54 member countries of the International Transport Forum.
Contributions from the research community are an important part of the discussions at the International Transport Forum's Annual Summit. Longer term research projects are organised by the International Transport Forum's Research Centre under the oversight of transport ministries and research agencies through the Joint Transport Research Committee. Much of the work is undertaken by experts from these agencies working collaboratively to report on the latest results of policy-relevant research. Leading academics, regulators and government economists are regularly engaged in debate in the Research Centre's roundtables on critical issues for transport policy.
The results of research are published and available as discussion papers and reports accessed through the topic pages listed on the side bar of this page. Some of the reports are also for sale through the OECD bookshop. The Research Centre maintains a range of statistics and indicators on transport together with two specialised databases: the IRTAD road safety database and the ITRD international transport research documentation database.