Raimonds Aronietis, PhD
– Researcher at the University of Antwerp, Department of Transport and Regional Economics
Raimonds Aronietis is transport economist and works on a range of issues related to transport with particular focus on innovation, data and statistics, vehicle electrification, road freight, maritime transport and ports. He works as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. He has previously worked as a policy analyst at the International Transport Forum / OECD and as a transport market analyst at the Road Transport Administration of Latvia.
He has obtained a PhD degree in applied economics at the department of Transport and Regional Economics, University of Antwerp. His thesis dealt with successful development and implementation of transport policies.
He has extensive experience working on research projects as a researcher and project manager for specific work packages, or whole projects. He has also prepared project proposals for obtaining EU funding.
The projects he worked on dealt with transport of containers by road, demand forecasting on specific infrastructure, innovation processes and market uptake of innovations in transport, improving of fuel and emission performance of seagoing vessels, port competitiveness for ship bunkering, impact of megaships, environmental performance of road freight transport, ITS measures for heavy goods vehicle regulation, data-led enforcement of road freight transport, LNG bunkering, policies for extending life of infrastructure assets, development of data collection systems and supply chain resilience.
He has worked with international road freight transport market access instruments – ECMT multilateral quota, bilateral permits, EC licences, et al.
He has shared his in-depth knowledge of road freight transport by giving lectures on transport legislation at the Riga Technical University CPC courses for road transport managers, and yearly gives an introductory guest lecture on road transport for master’s students at the University of Antwerp.
He has a particular interest and excitement about innovations that contribute to greener road transport. He has been an electric vehicle enthusiast and advocate since 2013 and driver since 2015.