CTS news and events 2010


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December 2010 - Professor Glenn Lyons awarded Honorary TPP qualification

The Transport Planning Professional qualification "enhances the standing of transport planning as a career and acknowledges transport planners as respected professionals, whilst encouraging the development of the skills needed to tackle the major challenges facing the transport sector". It is a qualification developed by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Transport Planning Society with official endorsement from national transport administrations.

On 25 November 2010, a number of Honorary TPP qualifications were awarded to individuals recognised for their contribution to transport planning. Professor Glenn Lyons was one of the recipients alongside David Bayliss, Kris Beuret, Michele Dix, Ann Frye, George Hazel, David Quarmby and Martin Richards.

As Honorary TPPs they will be helping to promote the TPP qualification, and the transport planning profession, within the profession itself and within Government, as well in other key circles of relevant decision-makers.

December 2010 - CTS Winter conference

Drawing together papers that will be presented at the 2011 Universities Transport Study Group conference in Milton Keynes in January 2011, CTS is holding a one-day conference on 9 December at UWE to showcase a selection of the research currently being undertaken within the Centre. The event is open to all and free to attend.

Download the Winter Conference 2010 programme.

December 2010 - "Understanding and Motivating cycling" seminar (presentations now available below)

A seminar jointly organised by Bristol Social Marketing Centre and Centre for Transport and Society. It will take place from 9.30 to 14.30 in 4C01. All UWE staff interested in cycling research are welcome. Attendance is free, but places are limited. Programme is as follows:

09.30 - 10.00 Registration/tea and coffee
10.00 - 10.20 Presentation 1: Alan Tapp, ‘The image of cycling in Britain
10.20 - 10.40 Presentation 2: Sarah Leonard, ‘The image of cycling in Britain: Quantitative and qualitative findings
10.40 - 11.00 Presentation 3: Fiona Spotswood. ‘Concept testing the creative toolkit
11.00 - 11.40 Tea and coffee and discussion about first 3 presentations
11.40 - 12.00 Presentation 4: Caroline Bartle, ‘Information-sharing, community-building and trust: A case study amongst commuter cyclists
12.00 - 12.20 Presentation 5: Anja Dalton, ‘Who encourages us to cycle? A novel approach to researching social influence in UK cycling
12.20 - 13.00 Discussion about previous 2 presentations and lunch (bring your own)
13.00 - 13.20 Presentation 6: Heather Jones, ‘Cycle stories from the baby boom generation
13.20 - 13.40 Presentation 7: Kiron Chatterjee, 'Using a mixed-method approach to evaluate the behavioural effects of the Cycling City and Towns Programme
13.40 - 14.00 Discussion about previous 2 presentations
14.00 - 14.30 Other research interests and closing remarks

November 2010 - Next seminar in the series 'Moving the Region Forward' - Dr Sally Cairns, University College London and Dawn Wylie, Peter Brett Associates

Dr Sally Cairns, University College London and Dawn Wylie, Peter Brett Associates are delivering a seminar on 24 November 2010 on the topic of 'Smarter choices'.

November 2010 - CILT Autumn lectures series

CTS plays host to the CILT Autumn Lectures on the evening of 23 November with the following presentations:
Sarah Bell FCILT, Traffic Commissioner Western Area, "A strategic assessment of the role of a Traffic Commissioner".
Pia Wilkes, Deputy Director, Department for Transport (DfT), "An economic outlook for the South West Region for the next 5 to 10 years, with particular reference to the logistics and transport sector".
Attendance is free. To book a place register via the CILT website.

November 2010 - Dr Avineri co-edits Journal Special Issue on Prospect Theory Applied to Travel Research

The European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (EJTIR) has published a special issue “Recent Developments in Prospect Theory-based travel behavior research”.

This issue, which can be freely downloaded at TU Delft , provides an overview of and critical reflection on Prospect Theory-based literature in transportation, as well as new empirical work on the topic. Papers were written by participants to an international workshop on Prospect Theory-applications in transport, sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, and hosted by Delft University of Technology and TRAIL Research School in Fall 2009. The guest editors are Dr Erel Avineri from the Centre for Transport and Society and Dr Caspar Chorus from Delft University of Technology.

EJTIR is an open-access, online journal aimed at communicating the results of multidisciplinary and policy-relevant transportation research. It will receive its first impact factor in June 2011.

November 2010 - Two new arrivals to CTS

CTS are delighted to announce two new PhD students have joined as recipients of CTS studentships earned through the centre’s excellent performance in the 2008RAE (Research Assessment Exercise). The two new doctoral students, Amy Louise Webber and Tom Calvert are no strangers to CTS as both are former UWE students having studied for an MSc in Transport Planning. Both students have chosen to study topics that complement CTS research interests. Amy Louise Webber joins from Halcrow as full-time PhD student investigating community transport and will be supervised by Dr Charles Musselwhite, Dr Erel Avineri and Professor Graham Parkhurst. Tom Calvert joins following a successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Bristol City Council and UWE and will be researching road user safety and will be supervised by Dr Erel Avineri, Dr Charles Musselwhite and Dr Yusak Susilo.

November 2010 - Understanding the Public Attitudes of Road User Safety: new reports published

In November 2008, the UK’s Department for Transport commissioned CTS along with BMRB (TNS) Limited to conduct research into the public’s attitudes to road user safety, in order to inform a post 2010 UK road safety strategy. The project was carried out by Dr Charles Musselwhite, Dr Erel Avineri and Dr Yusak Susilo from CTS with Dr Eamon Fulcher from the Psychology Department at UWE. A steering group oversaw the project headed by Professor Phil Goodwin from CTS along with Professors Ray Fuller, Stephen Stradling, James Thomson, and Elizabeth Towner. The project had two strands, one an extensive up-to-date review of the literature in the field, and one involving fieldwork composing of 3 iterations of re-convened deliberative focus groups with six groups of public in four areas across Great Britain. Findings show the importance of the social nature of road user safety, in particular how individual’s conceptualise road space as competitive, how those from rural and urban backgrounds have different perceptions on road user safety and how people view road safety in the main from the perspective of a driver, rather than a resident, pedestrian or cyclist. Findings from both strands are now published on the DfT website: literature review; fieldwork.

October 2010 - Next seminar in the series 'Moving the Region Forward' - Prof Alan McKinnon, Herriot-Watt University

Prof Alan McKinnon, Herriot-Watt University, is delivering a seminar on 27 October 2010 on the topic of 'Green logistics'

October 2010 - Congratulations to Alexandros Nikitas

Congratulations to Alexandros Nikitas who has recently been awarded the degree of PhD for defending a thesis entitled "Understanding the Attitudes of Older People to Road Pricing". Dr Nikitas was supervised by Dr Erel Avineri and Professor Graham Parkhurst.

September 2010 - Dr Erel Avineri delivers keynote address

Dr Erel Avineri delivered the keynote address at the 1st Workshop on Traffic Behavior, Modeling and Optimization (13th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems) that took place on September the 19th on Madeira Island, Portugal.

The talk, titled "'Choice Architecture' and the design of Advanced Travel Information Systems (ATIS)", focused on recent insights emerging from the application of cognitive psychology and behavioural economics to behavioural change theory, and in particular their application in the design of the next generation of ATIS.

August 2010 - Professor Graham Parkhurst assumes Directorship of CTS

From 1 August 2010 Professor Graham Parkhurst takes over as Director of CTS following Professor Glenn Lyons' promotion to Associate Dean.

June 2010 - Invitation to a Transport Planning Event at UWE Bristol

Invitation to an event co-hosted with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) at the University of the West of England, Bristol, on Wednesday 30 June 2010. We would welcome the opportunity to meet transport professionals and students (past, present and future).

The first part of the event is our annual MSc Dissertation Showcase which recognises the research of two of our recent graduates who were awarded CILT SW Branch dissertation prices. The second part will be a lecture on the prospects for Personal Rapid Transit by Mr Nick Ford, Independent Senior Transport Consultant. Download the invitation document for further details.

March 2010 - CTS seminar - Dr Shrawan Acharya and Dr C.N. Ray

Dr Shrawan Acharya and Dr C.N. Ray from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India are delivering a CTS seminar on 18 March 2010 on the topic of 'Urban poverty and revitalization in a globalising metropolis - Ahmedabad'.

March 2010 - Fifth seminar in the series 'Moving the Region Forward' - Giles Fearnley, Chair, Journey Solutions and Jeremy Acklam, M.D. AuthentiPay Ltd/Director, Venture Innovators

Giles Fearnley, Chair, Journey Solutions and Jeremy Acklam, M.D. AuthentiPay Ltd/Director, Venture Innovators are delivering a seminar on 18 March 2010 on the topic of 'Interoperable ticketing technology'. Presentations from the event are now available to download:

February 2010 - Fourth seminar in the series 'Moving the Region Forward' - Eric Masaba, M.D., Texxi and Chris Hilditch, M.D. National Transport Tokens Ltd

Eric Masaba, M.D. Texxi and Chris Hilditch, M.D. National Transport Tokens Ltd are delivering a seminar on 17 February 2010 on the topic of 'Hire for reward: Improving taxi productivity'. The seminar presentation is available to download.

January 2010 - "Individual Behaviour Change: Evidence in Transport and Public Health": A thinkpiece prepared for the UK Department for Transport

Dr Erel Avineri and Professor Phil Goodwin from the Centre for Transport and Society were asked to consider how Department for Transport could best engage different types of people in thinking about changing their transport behaviours. Leading a team of ten specialists in transport and in public health, they have compared evidence on behaviour change in the two sectors. The report "Individual Behaviour Change: Evidence in Transport and Public Health", aimed at drawing out the key messages from the existing knowledge base on behaviour change is now available on the Department for Transport website.

January 2010 - CTS travel behaviour researchers make international impact

Staff members and student researchers at CTS presented seven academic papers at the 12th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research, organised by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) held at Jaipur, India in December 2009.

The Tri-annual IATBR conference is the main gathering of world’s travel behaviour community. The conference addresses researchers and practitioners who aim at understanding, measuring, and modelling travel behaviour, and who endeavour to apply results of travel behaviour research to the development and evaluation of transport policies.

January 2010 - Third seminar in the series 'Moving the Region Forward' - Prof Phil Goodwin and Prof Glenn Lyons

Prof Phil Goodwin, UWE Bristol and Prof Glenn Lyons, UWE Bristol are delivering a seminar on 27 January 2010 on the topic of 'Business attitudes towards transport'. The presentation is available to download.

January 2010 - BBC Radio 4 programme 'The De-Railing of Transport 2010'

Professor Phil Goodwin was interviewed with John Prescott on 18 January, about the Governments 10 year transport plan launched in 2000. The programme can be heard on BBC iplayer, and there is an article based on the programme in the BBC magazine.


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