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Call for Papers on High-Speed Rail, Equity, and Inclusion

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Submissions from citizens of ADB developing member countries are encouraged.




The socioeconomic impacts of high-speed rail (HSR) systems are important considerations for policy makers when planning new lines, assessing their feasibility, and identifying financing sources. However, little attention is paid to their effects on equity, outside of studies of facilities and services access and economic development. Greater focus on HSR and equity issues by governments could help to advance solutions that reduce the negative effects of new projects in favor of more inclusive development.


Papers focused on Asia and the Pacific and country-level research are welcomed, particularly those from experts in academia, industry, and the public sector that can help to promote more informed HSR policy and investment decisions. Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • HSR systems and equity for sustainability
  • Socioeconomic profile of HSR users
  • Factors deterring non-HSR users from choosing HSR as an alternative transport mode
  • Policies and governance to make HSR more safe, inclusive, and sustainable
  • Mechanisms and investments in affordable HSR systems
  • HSR growth’s effects on wellbeing, tourism, and economic development
  • Other related topics


ADBI is seeking high-quality original, unpublished research papers featuring qualitative and quantitative analyses, case studies, and policy insights on the impacts of HSR on equity, to be presented at a related conference. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Sustainability.


Authors should submit their full papers in English via this link by 31 October 2021. All paper submissions must comply with the Instructions for Authors of Sustainability.

Submissions are welcome irrespective of authors’ racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women and residents of Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries are highly encouraged to submit.