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Latest from the AQMRC news blog

  • New paper on Financial Implications of Car Ownership


    Tim has just had a new paper published in Transport Policy in a special issue on Transport Poverty.


    The paper is called “Financial Implications of Car Ownership and Use: a distributional analysis based on observed spatial variance considering income and domestic energy costs


    Chatterton, T., Anable, J., Cairns, S. and Wilson, R. (2017) Financial implications of car ownership and use: A distributional analysis based on observed spatial variance considering income and domestic energy costs . Transport Policy. ISSN 0967-070X [In Press]


    The paper is an output from the Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends (MOT) project led by Jillian Anable at ITS, Leeds


    ·         If the paper is of interest, there is also a ‘follow-on’ conference paper with some additional analyses considering travel to work costs, and a segmented analysis based on  ONS Output Area Classifications. Chatterton, T., Anable, J., Cairns, S. and Wilson, R. (2016) Financial implications of car use and the drive to work: A social and spatial distributional analysis using income data and area classifications . In: DEMAND Conference 2016, Lancaster, UK, 13-15 April 2016. Available from:



    This paper presents a new perspective on assessing the financial impacts of private car usage in England and Wales using novel datasets to explore implications of motoring costs (principally Vehicle Excise Duty and road fuel costs) for households as part of the overall costs of their energy budget. Using data from an enhanced version of the Department for Transport ‘MOT’ vehicle test record database, combined with data on domestic gas and electricity consumption from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly the Department of Energy and Climate Change), patterns of car usage and consequent energy consumption are investigated, and the costs of Vehicle Excise Duty and road fuel examined as a proportion of total expenditure on household direct energy consumption. Through the use of these new datasets it is possible to analyse how these vary spatially and in relation to levels of median income. The findings indicate that motoring costs are strongly regressive, with lower income areas, especially in rural locations, spending around twice as much of their income on motoring costs as the highest income areas.


  • Jo on BBC Radio 4 World at One

    Jo was interviewed by Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4's World at One this lunchtime, discussing the recent air pollution episode in the UK. You can hear the clip on iPlayer ( from around 36:12 - 39:20.

  • Three papers at 49th UTSG Conference

    Tim was involved in three papers presented at the 49th Universities Transport Study Group conference held in Dublin in January.


    The papers al related to aspects of work done within the EPSRC Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends (MOT) project



    ·         Phillips, I., Anable, J., Cairns, S., Emmerson, P. and Chatterton, T. (2017) A spatial typology of car usage and its local determinants in England . In: 49th University Transport Studies Group Conference, Dublin, Eire, 04-06 January 2017. Available from:

    ·         Mattioli, G., Philips, I., Anable, J. and Chatterton, T. (2017) Developing an index of vulnerability to motor fuel price increases in England . In: 49th University Transport Studies Group Conference, Dublin, Eire, 04-06 January 2017. Available from:

    ·         Morton, C., Anable, J., Wadud, Z. and Chatterton, T. (2017) Greening the fleet: A spatial analysis of the local and global emission factors of the car fleet of the United Kingdom . In: 49th University Transport Studies Group Conference, Dublin, Eire, 04-06 January 2017.


  • Tim presenting st LSx event on NICE guidance

    On Monday 17th January, Tim will be giving a presentation and sitting on an expert panel on Air Quality and Behaviour' at a London Sustainability Exchange event discussing the recent NICE guidance on air quality.

  • Enda and ClairCity in the Horizon Magazine

    Enda was interviewed before Christmas for the EU Horizon Magazine on the ClairCity project ( The article was just published and can be found here

  • Tim participant at closed ESRC Behaviour Change workshop

    On Wednesday 11th January, Tim was an invited participant at the final event of the ESRC Behaviour Change seminar series

    The central purpose of the seminar was to discuss, in a closed forum of people working at the interface of academia and policy, the nature of the evidence-policy problem in the field of ‘behaviour change’ and possible ways of moving towards a solution that met the needs of policy whilst also representing the wide range of academic approaches that are now engaged in the field.


    It is hoped that the workshop will result in a number of publications aimed at a variety of audiences.

  • Tim presenting at Centre for Transport and Society Winter Conference

    On Wednesday 14th December, Tim will be giving a presentation at the CTS Winter Conference at UWE.  The presentation on "Putting people at the heart of air pollution issues" will cover elements from three recent or current projects: Disruption-Unlocking low carbon mobility ( /, MOT ( and ClairCity (

  • Enda interview by Horizon Magazine

    Wearing his ClairCity Technical Director hat, Enda was interviewed for the European Commission’s Horizon EU Research & Innovation Magazine for an article on current and recent EU-funded research into public awareness and attitudes to air pollution. ClairCity was one of only two projects suggested for inclusion by Commission. The article should be published shortly.  For more information on ClairCity please visit


  • Policy, poverty, green infrastructure and better places

    On 24th November, Tim had a busy day up in London. 

    First off he gave an invited presentation at a Policy UK workshop on “Improving Air Quality in our Towns and Cities”

    Then he was an invited participant at a round table workshop on Transport Poverty, organised by the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds University and the RAC Foundation


    Finally, he attended a workshop hosted by the London Sustainability Exchange on Green Infrastructure and Air Quality


    Meanwhile, Jo gave an invited presentation on air quality at  Landor’s Better Places conference

  • Jo invited to speak to global BBC reporters at New Broadcasting House

    Jo has been invited by the BBC World Service to advise on air pollution and showcase AQMRC's research to a global audience of reporters at New Broadcasting House on Monday 5th December. She will be joining representatives from the World Health Organization, C40 and ClientEarth as part of the newSolutions-Focussed Journalism project at BBC News ? tagged ?So I can breathe? - which is due to be launched next March. As the name suggests, the project is interested in the success stories that can be reported so that lessons can be learnt elsewhere. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the impact of AQMRC's research and to put UWE more firmly on the global map with regards air quality research.

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