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William R. Black | Faculty

William R. Black Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography

Office: SB 120
TEL: 812-855-9414

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., 1969, University of Iowa


  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Transportation Planning, Modeling and Policy

Representative Publications


  • Sustainable Transportation:  Problems and Solutions, New York: Guilford Press (2010).
  • Transportation: A Geographical Analysis, New York: Guilford Press,June 2003.
  • Social Change and Sustainable Transport, edited with Peter Nijkamp.Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, December 2002.
  • Railroads for Rent: The Local Rail Service Assistance Program.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1986.

Recent Articles

  • “A New Approach to Distributing Urban Trips,” International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol. 8, No.3/4, 2008, pp. 215-228.
  • “Flexibility in Legacy Systems, Behavior, and Sustainability of Transport: Comments on ‘Increasing the Flexibility of Legacy Systems,’” in Barry Wellar (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 Anderson Distinguished Lecture in Applied Geography, Washington, D.C.:  Applied Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2007, pp. 21-23.
  • “La Investigacion Sobre Transporte A Ambos Lados Del Atlantico: estrategia Y Alcance,” with Peter Nijkamp and Aura Reggiani, in Juan Carlos Martin, Aura Reggiani and Piet Rietveld (eds.), Las Redes De Transporte Desde Un Enfoque Multidisciplinar, in Pamplona: Thomson, Civitas, 2007, pp. 127-149.
  • “From Global Warming to Sustainable Transport, 1989-2006,” with Noriyuki Sato. International Journal of Sustainable Transport, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2007, pp. 73-89.
  • “Sustainable Solutions for Freight Transport,” to appear in Globalized Freight Transport: Intermodality, E-Commerce, Logistics and Sustainability, Thomas R Leinbach and Cristina Capineri (eds.).  Edward Elgar Publishers, 2006, pp. 189-216.
  • “ICT, Innovation and Sustainability of the Transport Sector,” with Marina van Geenhuizen (University of Delft), European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (EJTIR), Vol. 6, No. 1, 2006, pp. 39-60.
  • “Towards New Transatlantic Transport Research: The STELLASTAR Project on the Move,” with Peter Nijkamp and Aura Reggiani. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (EJTIR), Vol. 6, No. 1, 2006, pp. 1-6.


  • Member of the Board of Editors, Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy, 2005-
  • Member of the Board of Editors, International Journal of Environment  and Pollution, 2000 -
  • Member of the Board of Editors, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2000-
  • Member of the Board of Editors, Journal of Transport Geography, 1998 -

Student Theses

  • Bradley Lane, “An Exploratory Analysis of the Influence of Gasoline Prices on Public Transit: Evidence from U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” Ph.D., 2010.
  • Takatsugu Kobayashi, “An Analysis of the Relationship between Urban Form and the Length of Commute Using Centrographic Measures,” Ph.D., 2008.