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Prof. Maria Attard
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Professor Maria Attard's main areas of interest are Transport Geography and Applications of Geographic Information Systems. She drafted the first ever white paper for land transport policy in Malta in 2004 and subsequently went on to implement a number of measures including Park and Ride and the Controlled Vehicular Access System in Valletta. All projects which she has then published about in academic journals. She also participated in a number of european projects about transport policy and data collection. Since 1997 she has been coordinating the academic programmes for GIS in the University. In 2008 she was awarded the ESRI International Educator Award for teaching GIS and has published in this area as well. Her research interests revolve around the deployment of GIS and how this is applied in policy making and strategy. In 2009 she was appointed Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of Malta where her skills at interdisciplinarity and deployment of GIS will be further applied. She has represented the University and Malta on a number of local boards and committees. At the international level she co-chairs Cluster 2 on Transport and Environment of NECTAR and is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Conference on Transport Research and Society (WCTRS) and co-chairs the Special Interest Group on Transport Planning and Policy. She represents Malta and contributes in a number of COST Actions and European level projects.





    Dingli, A., Attard, M. (2016) VaTIS – a travel information service for the city of Valletta, Malta. International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications. Special Issue on Smart Applications for Smart Cities. Vol. 4(2) pp1-15.


    Attard, M. Haklay, M., Capineri, C. (2016) The potential of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) in future transport systems. Urban Planning. Vol. 1(4) pp6-19.


    Dingli, A., Attard, M. (2016) The Valletta Travel Information Service. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. Vol. 1 pp243-253.


    Attard, M. Budd, L., Hickman, R. (2016) Introduction to the Special Issue on Climate Change Targets and Urban Transport Policy. (Volume Editors). Research in Transportation Economics. Vol. 55 pp1-2.


    Attard, M. (2015) The impact of global environmental change on transport in Malta. Xjenza Online – Journal of The Malta Chamber of Scientists. Vol. 3(2) pp141-152.


    Attard, M., Von Brockdorff, P., Bezzina, F. (2015) The External Costs of Passenger and Commercial Vehicle Use in Malta. University of Malta - European Commission Representation in Malta.


    Attard, M., Ison, S.G. (2015) The effects of road user charges in the context of weak parking policies: the case of Malta. Case Studies in Transport Policy. Vol. 3(1) pp 37-43.


    Attard, M. (2014) Book Review. Transition Towards Sustainable Mobility. The Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions, edited by Harry Geerlings, Yoram Shiftan, Dominic Stead. Surrey, UK, Ashgate, 2012. In Transport Reviews Vol. 34(2) pp 269-270.


    Schembri, J.A., Attard, M. (2013) The Foreigner Counts: a spatio-temporal analysis of occupiers, immigrants and expatriates in Malta. Ars & Humanitas Vol. 7(2) pp 119-134.


    Mifsud, D., Attard, M. (2013) The role of public transport in addressing sustainable mobility for the elderly population in Malta. Xjenza Online – Journal of The Malta Chamber of Scientists. Vol. 1(2) pp 47-54.


    Ison, S.G., Attard, M. (2013) The Smeed Report and Road Pricing: the case of Valletta, Malta. Bank of Valletta Reviews. Vol. 47(Spring) pp 1-23.


    Checuti Zammit, L., Scerri, K., Attard, M., Bajada, T. (2013) Computationally Efficient Estimation of High-Dimension Autoregressive Models – with Application to Air Pollution in Malta. Xjenza Online – Journal of The Malta Chamber of Scientists. Vol. 1(1) pp 42-50.


    Attard, M. (2012) Reforming the Urban Public Transport Bus System in Malta: Approach and Acceptance. Transportation and Research A: Policy and Practice. Vol. 46(7) pp 981-992.


    Attard, M., Schembri, J.A. (2011) Malta: GIS and Geography Teaching in the Context of Educational Reform. In International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools. Milson, A.J., Demirci, A., Kerski J. (eds). Springer.


    Bajada, T., Attard, M. (2011) Using GIS as a tool to improve road safety. In Borg, R.P. et al. (eds) Sustainable Development: Civil Engineering and the Built Environment. Proceedings of an International Conference. Malta.


    Attard, M. (2011) A preliminary assessment of the Park and Ride Scheme in Floriana, Malta. In Borg, R.P. et al. (eds) Sustainable Development: Civil Engineering and the Built Environment. Proceedings of an International Conference, Malta.


    Attard, M., Enoch, M.P. (2011) The role of policy transfer in the introduction of road pricing in Valletta, Malta. Transport Policy. Vol. 8(2) pp 544-553.


    Attard, M. (2010) Thematic Networks as Toolboxes: The case of the HERODOT Network for Geography in Europe. Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica. Vol. 56(2) pp 325-357.


    Attard, M., Ison, S.G., (2010) The Implementation of a Road User Charge – The Case of Valletta, Malta. Journal of Transport Geography. Vol. 18(1) pp 14-22.


    Donert, K., Ari, Y., Attard, M., O’Reilly, G., Schmeinck, D. (eds) (2009) Geographical Diversity. Herodot Thematic Network for Geography in Higher Education. Vol. 9 in Geography in European Higher Education.


    Attard, M. (2009) Developing undergraduate GIS study-units. In Donert, K. (ed) Using Geoinformation in European Geography education. Societa Geografica Italiana. IGU/HERODOT Network.


    Attard, M., Enoch, M.P. (2007) Valletta dumps V-licence for state-of-the-art road pricing scheme. Traffic Engineering and Control. Vol. 48(6) pp 262-264.


    Schembri, J.A., Attard, M. (2007) Manoel Island: An island with a fort…. and a future. In Mercieca, S. (ed) Mediterranean Seascapes. Malta University Press.


    Attard, M., Pace, M. (2006) Gendered Mobility. Il-Mara. Newsletter of the National Council for Women, Malta. No. 64. July-September.


    Attard, M. (2005) Developing undergraduate GIS study-units – the experience of Malta. In Donert, K. and Charzynski, P. (eds) Changing Horizons in Geography Education. Herodot Thematic Network for Geography in Higher Education.


    Attard, M. (2005) Land Transport Policy in a Small Island State – the Case of Malta. Transport Policy. Vol. 12(1) pp 23-33.


    Schembri, J.A., Attard, M. (2004) Manoel Island: An Island with a Fort and a Future. Paper presented at the International Conference La Navigation du Savoir, organised by the Network of Historical Arsenals in the Mediterranean and supported by the European Union, the University of Malta and UNESCO, Malta, 10-17 October.


    Attard, M. (2004) Achieving sustainable mobility for small island states. The case of Malta. Paper presented at the 30th Congress of the International Geographical Union, Glasgow, 15-20 August.


    Attard, M. (2004) Collection and use of urban travel data – the case study of Malta. Paper presented at the ECMT Sustainable Urban Travel Working Group Task Force on Urban Travel Data, Paris, 28 June.


    Attard, M. (2003) Understanding why changes in transport policy are problematic in the island state of Malta – a qualitative approach. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG International Annual Conference 2003, London, 3-5 September.


    Attard, M. (2003) Governments and GIS – the use and perceptions of GI systems in the island state of Malta. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG International Annual Conference 2003, London, 3-5 September.


    Attard, M., Hall, D. (2002) Transition for EU Accession: The Case of Malta's Restructuring Tourism and Transport Sectors. Paper presented at the International Conference on Tourism Research, Cardiff, Wales.


    Attard, M., Adams, J. (2002) Which Way to Go? Presentation for the discussion workshop on the future of Transport Policy in Malta, organised by the U.M.G.S. at the University of Malta, 10th of May.


    Attard, M. (2001) Transport Problems, Policy and Perceptions in the Island State of Malta. A study into policy approach using qualitative research techniques and GIS. Presentation for Ph.D. upgrade seminar, UCL, London.


    Attard, M. (2000) 'Less traffic on the road. Reversing the process of car-dependence in Malta' at the Biennial Postgraduate Seminar of the Transport Geography Research Group within the Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom.


    Holcomb, B., Balm, R., Spiteri, A., Attard, M., Holcomb, G. and Cummings, D. (1999) 'Islands in the (Cyberspace) sun: The Internet and Remote Island Economies' presented at the International Conference on Cities and the Global Information Society, Newcastle, UK.


    Schembri, J.A. and Bonavia, M. (1998) 'Changes in the Coastal Population of Malta' presented at the International Conference on Urban Environment in the Mediterranean, Valletta, Malta.


    Bonavia, M. (1998) 'A Geography of St. Venera' presented at the Seminar for the St. Venera Local Council, Mosta, Malta.


    Bonavia, M. (1996) 'The Use of Space through Transport Systems Development' presented at the International Conference on Planning and Environmental Management in Islands and Small States, Valletta, Malta.


    Bonavia, M. (1995) 'The Urban Development of St. Venera – An Overview' presented at the Seminar on the Local Festa organised by the St. Venera Local Council, Palazzo Costanzo, Mdina, Malta.


Newspaper Articles


    Attard, M. (2016) Mass transport… and other measures. Talking Point in Times Business Observer, Times of Malta, 20th October.


    Cocks, P. (2016) Is mobile app solution to Malta’s rush-hour gridlock? [Interview with Maria Attard, Adrian Muscat and Michael Camilleri] MaltaToday, 19th October.


    Vanya Walker-Leigh (2016) Sustainable mobility seminar at MCCEI. The Malta Business Weekly 23rd June. [Quoting presentation by Maria Attard]


    Jamie Ian Genovese (2015) The road to technology. MONEY Magazine Issue 34 December. [Interview with Maria Attard]


    Sarah Micallef (2015) Malta’s traffic situation reaches fever pitch. The Commercial Courier December 2015/January 2016. [Interview with Maria Attard]


    Johnathan Cilia (2015) Expect Delays. Sunday Circle Magazine Times of Malta September 2015 – Issue No. 249. [Interview with Maria Attard] 27th September.


    Attard, M. (2015) Il-proposta biex l-iskejjel jiftħu siegħa qabel se żżid it-traffiku Intervista ma’ Maria Attard. Il-Mument, 13th September.


    Attard, M. (2015) Finding the right location. Geographic information can support business and investment decisions says Maria Attard. Doing Business in Malta Supplement Times of Malta, 5th August.


    Attard, M. (2015) Taking back our streets. Our dependence on cars is causing too much damage to our environment and quality of life. World Environment Day Supplement Times of Malta, 5th June.


    Caroline Muscat (2015) ‘There’s no quick fix to air pollution issue’. Times of Malta. [Interview with Maria Attard] 6th May.


    Attard, M. (2014) Fill up on Green. The Sunday Times of Malta: Business & Finance [Interview with Maria Attard] 26th October.


    Kevin Schembri Orland (2014) 58,000 more cars on the road in the last 10 years: New measures needed to handle traffic flow. The Malta Independent. [Interview with Maria Attard]


    Attard, M., Bezzina, F. (2014) Gendered mobility: what future? Talking Point. Times of Malta, 28th July.


    Attard, M. (2014) Transport problems, experts and discourse. Opinion. Times of Malta, 29th January.


    Attard, M. (2013) The fear of handling cars. Opinion. Times of Malta, 6th December.


    Attard, M. (2013) Transport policy that works. Opinion. Times of Malta, 31st October.


    Scerri, K., Attard, M., Muscat, A. (2013) To drive or not to drive. THINK Magazine, University of Malta, July 2013.


    Attard, M., Muscat, A., Scerri, K. (2013) Mapping our route. Environment Supplement, Times of Malta, 5th June. [Interview]


    Stivala, V. (2011) Bright green ideas. MONEY Magazine, the Eco and IT Issue 08, July/August 2011. [Interview with Maria Attard]


    Vella, M. (2010) Finding our position. Maria Attard, Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development, tells Michael Vella how Geographic Information Systems and interdisciplinary research can lead to better decision-making. The Sunday Times Technology Sunday, 23rd May, 2010. [Interview]


    Attard, M. (2005) Aiming for a sustainable transport system, The Malta Independent, 20th April.


    Ciantar, T., Attard, M. (2004) Life-saving devices Opinion, Times of Malta, 23rd November.


    Attard, M. (2004) What is Sustainable Development? Opinion, Times of Malta, 3rd April.


    Attard, M. (2002) Polluter-pays principle – can it be applied to land transport in Malta?


    Opinion, Times of Malta, 6th November.


Web Articles


    Attard, M. (2016) 2017 – A new year and a new perspective on sustainable mobility. Project Aegle. 29th December. Available at


    Attard, M. (2016) Why we need sustainable mobility?. Project Aegle. 5th October. Available at


    Attard, M., (2007) A strategy for improving accessibility, Valletta, Malta. ELTIS. 5th November. Available here


    Attard, M., Ciantar, T. (2007) Spatial Road Accident Data: its use and application for road safety. Malta Association for Geographic Information Newsletter, August.


    SECBelt Monitor Country Focus, Malta. Issue 6. 2006. European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). 6th October. Available here


    Attard, M. (2006) Tackling young and inexperienced drivers – changing driver testing procedures. CIECA News, 4th October. Available here


    Attard, M. (2004) National level collection, monitoring and use of urban travel data. Malta.


    Attard, M. (2004) Snowball Initiative: Sustainable Urban Transport in New Member States Report on Malta. Presented to the Snowball Initiative, Brussels, 30 June.


Bonavia, M. (1997) The Geography of a Town - St. Venera, Malta
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Last Updated: 28 February 2017

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