Professor Graham Parkhurst assumes Directorship of CTS

With effect from 1 August 2010 Professor Graham Parkhurst has become the Director of the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS). This is an acting role in the first instance allowing time for a strategic review of the Centre and its future developments. Professor Glenn Lyons who was the founder of CTS and its first Director from 2002-2010 has stood down from the role following his promotion to Associate Dean.

Graham has been a member of CTS and, as part of the Centre’s management group, instrumental in its development since its early beginnings having joined UWE two months after Glenn. He brings considerable experience to the role having been responsible for the initial development of the MSc in Transport Planning, supervision of a number of PhD students and securing a number of significant and substantial externally funded research contracts. Glenn will continue to be an active member of CTS in his capacity as a research professor (Professor of Transport and Society) alongside his new responsibilities for research across the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE.

Glenn comments that “it has been a tremendous privilege to be part of the creation and development of what is now a well established research centre in transport studies. The Centre’s success has been down to many talented people and in particular Graham who I am confident will now take us forward into a fruitful next phase in CTS’s existence, albeit against the backdrop of a much tougher economic climate. I look forward to remaining an active player in the research of the Centre and wish Graham the best of luck”.

Graham expresses the following views about his future plans for CTS, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a creative and enthusiastic group of colleagues. Like many organisations at the present time we will want to check our objectives and priorities against the new political and economic context in the UK but the Centre enters this new period in a good shape. I am confident that the fundamentals of the research programme developed under Glenn’s leadership are robust to the longer term challenges in transport studies and that we will continue to mature and develop as a research community as the centre heads towards its second decade”.

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