• Primary Program Transport and Urban Infrastructure
  • Research Interests Transport economics, freight transport, energy policies, transport policy, transitions policy and trade, and energy in transport
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Biography

Nora is a research associate currently working on assessing the current and future status of freight transportation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from a global and local perspective and understanding the energy demand in freight movement in India. She has also worked on renewable transitions policy and costs and their effect on electricity markets.

Publications

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  • Discussion papers
  • Methodology paper
  • Data Insight
  • Instant Insights
  • KAPSARC journal articles
  • External journal article
Designing Transport Policy for Sustainable Freight Movement in Saudi Arabia

Designing Transport Policy for Sustainable Freight Movement in Saudi Arabia

Logistics and infrastructure policy will play key roles in Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification and reform efforts. This study provides a quantitative assessment of specific measures related to freight transport, taking into consideration the heterogeneity of urban, regional and inter-regional localities in Saudi Arabia. This paper, mirroring the global approach developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, analyzes the potential impact of logistics policy. It sheds light on how transport regulations can help rationalize fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants in the Kingdom.  

27th April 2020
The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox

The Renewable Energy Policy Paradox

One major avenue for policymakers to meet climate targets is by decarbonizing the power sector, one component of which is raising the share of renewable energy sources (renewables) in electricity generation. However, promoting renewables in liberalized power markets creates a paradox.

8th September 2016
Comparing Renewables Support Policies: Quantifying the Trade-Offs

Comparing Renewables Support Policies: Quantifying the Trade-Offs

Policies to support wind energy development are most effective when they deliver power at the lowest cost per unit of added capacity and per unit of delivered electricity. Our analysis uses real Spanish onshore wind project data to identify which approaches deliver the lowest cost to society.

24th December 2015
Changing Competitive Landscape: Transition Policy’s Blind Spots

Changing Competitive Landscape: Transition Policy’s Blind Spots

For the past two to three decades, and particularly in the wake of the Great Recession, clean energy transitions have been sold as a three-for-the-price-ofone policy: creating “green collar” jobs to get the unemployed back to work, using domestic resources to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, and all while reducing carbon emissions. The first of two implicit goals of this “three-fer” was the development of local, high tech industries supported by policy-driven domestic demand for wind and solar equipment. These high tech industries would, in turn, deliver the second goal of driving down the costs of clean energy technologies to the point where they would no longer require policy support.

6th October 2014
Estimating Freight Transport Activity Using Nighttime Lights Satellite Data in China, India and Saudi Arabia

Estimating Freight Transport Activity Using Nighttime Lights Satellite Data in China, India and Saudi Arabia

This paper focuses on the methodology for estimating total freight transport activity (FTA) for three countries  — China, India and Saudi Arabia  — with the objective of building on current state-of-the-art transportation modeling in three key areas: Studying the relationship between nighttime lights (NTL) and FTA allows for an estimation of full transportation datasets for countries where only a few observation points exist or where data is unavailable. Establishing the foundation for future work on how to use this approach in transport flow estimation (origin-destination matrices). Determining whether this approach can be used globally, given the coverage of the satellite data used. The paper uses the KAPSARC Transport Analysis Framework (KTAF), which estimates transport activity from freely available global data sources, satellite images and NTL. It is a tool for estimating freight transport activity that can be used in models to measure the impact of an accelerated transport policy planning approach. The methodology offers a solution to inadequate data access and allows for scenario building in policy planning for transportation. This approach allows for quick estimation of the effects of policy measures and economic changes on transportation activities at a global level. The paper also includes a detailed guide on how to replicate the methodology used in this analysis.

9th May 2019
Saudi Arabia Imports by Major Customs Ports (2014 – 2018)

Saudi Arabia Imports by Major Customs Ports (2014 – 2018)

Saudi Arabia’s top three import destinations are the Jeddah Islamic Port, the King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam and the King Khalid International Airport with 29%, 20% and 12% of the total value of imports in 2018, respectively. The total value of imports in these destinations is US$84 billion.

7th April 2020
The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on the Electricity Sectors in Saudi Arabia and India

The Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on the Electricity Sectors in Saudi Arabia and India

Currently, an estimated third of the global population is under some form of government-imposed lockdown measure aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. These lockdown measures have had various negative economic effects and could decrease electricity demand (Business Insider 2020). This insight compares the effects of Saudi Arabia’s and India’s COVID-19 lockdowns on their respective electricity sectors.

5th July 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Gasoline Demand

The Impact of COVID-19 on Transport and Gasoline Demand

In the last few months, the world has experienced the negative effects of COVID-19. The outbreak, which started as an epidemic concentrated in China, quickly spread to become a global pandemic. As of May 12, 2020, there have been over four million COVID-19 cases globally, and this number continues to increase.

21st May 2020

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Exploring the Effects of Transport Policies…

In recent decades, the increase in freight mobility has been largely served by road, maritime shipping and, increasingly, air transportation, with less emphasis on alternative modes of transport. This has translated into continued growth for the use of fossil fuels in freight transportation activities. In this context, this one-day workshop will explore freight transportation activity […]

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