Professor Yoshitsugu Hayashi was elected as the new president of WCTRS at the last general assembly held during the Rio conference in July 2013.
Professor Dr.-Eng. Yoshitsugu Hayashi is Professor of Chubu University and Emeritus Professor of Nagoya University, Japan. He is also a Full member of The Club of Rome, which is a world-wide well known think tank for its leading concepts of Limit to Growth, Factor 4, etc., inviting 100 eminent full members.
In WCTRS he has held several key positions, including Chair on Special Interest Groups on “Transport and Spatial Development”, and “Transport and the Environment”; Editor of Transport Policy; Chair of the Scientific Committee, and since 2013, as President of WCTRS.
His background is Civil Engineering. The major fields of research are analysis and modelling of transport – land use interactions and countermeasure policy to overcome negative impacts of urbanisation and motorisation. The results are published in such books as “Land Use, Transport and The Environment”, “Urban Transport and the Environment – An International Perspective”, “Transport Moving to Climate Intelligence – New Chances for Controlling Climate Impacts of Transport after the Economic Crisis”, “Intercity Transport and Climate Change – Strategies for Reducing the Carbon Footprint”, etc. He has issued “Putting Transport into Climate Policy Agenda” annually to appeal in UNFCCC. An application to practice includes his proposition of rail transit oriented development to overcome Bangkok’s extreme hyper congestion in the mid 90’s, which became the trigger to drastically reverse the budget of road vs. rail from 1:99 in 90’s to 82:14 in Transport 2020 Plan.
He is also Board member of the Engineering Academy of Japan, Ex-Vice President of JSCE (Japan Society of Civil Engineers) in charge of Taskforce on Redesigning Japan as Resilient, Leader of Education Programme “From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies”, and has lead “Smart Shrink” movement as a key strategy for declining and aging cities.
The results are published in such books as “Sustainability – Future Balance between Nature and Civilisation”, “Sustainable Society after the Great East Japan Earthquake”, “Diagnosis and Prescription for China’s Urbanisation – Paradigm Change of Development and Growth”, “Resilience for Empowering the Regions”, etc.