Javier Cantillo

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Primary Supervisor: Juan Carlos Martin Hernández

Co-supervisor: Didier F.J. Van CaillieMaría Concepción Román García


MSc in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Roadways and Transportation from Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

BSc in Civil Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia. 


During his master studies, Javier was involved in important research projects as a young researcher for the Colombia’s Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, and he also worked as a research assistant for the program of investigation and innovation in logistics and ports LOGPORT. In both projects he worked on transport economics, estimating discrete choice models for port choice.

His master thesis consisted in advanced econometric models from the logit family, which looked to evaluate simultaneously the choices of port and the country of origin/destination of the cargo for Colombian imports and exports. The results included the estimation of willingness to pay for time savings, direct and crossed elasticities and the simulation of port choice probabilities for different policy scenarios for decision making.

Last year, he published his first paper denominated “Modelling with joint choice of ports and countries of origin and destination: application to Colombian ports” in the prestigious high index journal “Maritime Policy & Management". Results from this investigation have been presented in several conferences, including the 14th World Conference on Transport Research, the XIX Pan-American Conference on Transport, Traffic and Logistics, and the XII Colombian Congress of Transport and Transit.

For the next 3 years, Javier will be a PhD student of the BioMedAqu ITN programme at the Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria studying the social and economic impacts of the burden of bone anomalies in fish, which is crucial for decision making in the context of aquaculture. Although he hasn’t done any research related to aquaculture or skeletal anomalies is fish, he finds that the BioMedAqu project would be an exciting and challenging opportunity to apply his knowledge in economics to this relevant research area and to gain skills in a new field.


Javier has worked as a consulting engineer for a Colombian local firm named Proyectos Técnicos LTDA, participating in several transport studies involving mainly transport modelling and transport economics. He also worked for 3 years as a professor in the undergraduate course Topography and Geoinformation at Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

His mother tongue is Spanish and he is also fluent in English. He has some knowledge of Italian.

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