The Transportation Policy and Innovation Centre (TPIC) was named a Carleton University Research Centre in May of 2016. TPIC runs as a centre of excellence in public policy with 4 concentrations, all under the umbrella of innovation:
- Trade and economic development
- Urban transportation and infrastructure
- Governance, with a focus on regulatory
We are interdisciplinary
While public policy is a discipline in its own right, TPIC’s work is informed by and integrated with 11 other disciplines:
- international trade relations
- political science
- regulatory governance
- urban affairs
- safety and security
What we do
We endeavour to:
- Provide an environment where lateral thinking occurs regularly and consistently, and where out-of-the box ideas are generated and tested to help policy-makers leapfrog conventional methods of solution that are no longer working adequately.
- Bridge industry, government and academic communities to inform policy decisions.
- Critically examine opportunities, e.g., as made possible by disruptive technologies and other forms of innovation.
- Critically examine the field of public policy itself regarding opportunities for innovation in the way it is practiced in transportation.
- Evaluate infrastructure investments for transportation in terms of policy impacts, including the processes and criteria by which they are decided, and the results they produce.
- Critically examine the relationship between international trade performance and the quality of the transportation system, including its governance.
- Integrate public policy with other disciplines in order to
- crystallize issues from areas of public policy that need these other disciplines’ insight; and
- infer and synthesize options and opportunities that arise from these disciplines’ insight.