CTS news and events 2014

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News from 2014

Hannah Delaney awarded postgraduate prize for paper to Royal Geographical Society Conference 2014

Hannah Delaney is a final year PhD researcher in the Centre for Transport and Society. Hannah was awarded the Transport Geography Research Group Postgraduate Prize for the paper she presented at the Royal Geographical Society Conference 2014. Emerald Group Publishing sponsored the prize which was awarded for the best paper authored and presented by a postgraduate student in a TGRG-sponsored session at the conference. The paper is entitled ‘Walking and Cycling Interactions on Shared-Use Paths’. Central to this paper are the relations between cyclists and pedestrians on shared-use paths and the consequential impact of these on journey experiences. The paper argues that it is necessary to investigate the non-visible experiential interactions that take place on shared-use paths and not to focus only on the outward visible signs of conflict; which is often the case with research that informs shared-path design guidance. The paper draws from data collected during Phase I of Hannah’s PhD research (Phase II has now also been completed). Further details on the research can be found here.

December 2014 - CTS Winter Conference 2014

A record number of delegates (70 in total) from local authorities, consultancies, SMEs and Universities attended this event.  The nine presentations covered the wide reaching research happening within CTS.  These included discussion of new theoretical perspectives for understanding the transport planning process, dealing with complexity in planning transport futures, the potential of coach travel, the experience of urban walking, and how digital technology is used to connect home by mobile workers.  Behaviour change also occupied many of the debates in terms of planning work place mobility, and cycling. 

The full programme and presentations can be accessed here: ProgrammeImagined Journeys, Urban Walking Experience, Express Coach 'Niche', Social Practice Theory and Sustainable Mobility, Understanding Poverty-Mobility in Ahmedabad, Employer attitudes to Sustainable Transport Initiatives, Helping Local Authorities Unlock Low Carbon Travel, The Same Mode Again, Evidence Hierarchies.

February 2014 - CTS seminar - Dr Scott Le Vine

Dr Scott Le Vine, is delivering a seminar on Monday 17 February from 12:30 - 14:00 in room 1R23, on the topic of 'Recent trends in young adults' mobility'.

In the period since the 1990s, young adults have tended to travel fewer miles than earlier generations did at the same age. This unprecedented phenomenon has occurred both in Britain and several peer industrialised societies. 

This seminar will cover new evidence regarding this observation, identifying both what is now known and the important research questions that remain open.

Dr Scott Le Vine is a research associate (post-doc) at Imperial College's Centre for Transport Studies, and a Trustee of the charity Carplus. In addition to studying trends in personal mobility, his other main line of research addresses shared-mobility systems (eg car clubs).

Places are limited. Please e-mail Julie Triggle to register your interest in attending.

February 2014 - Report on CTS winter conference

CTS held a one-day winter conference in December 2013 to celebrate 10 years of research and teaching.

Further information can be found on the 2013 News web page.

January 2014 - Professor Glenn Lyons appointed as Strategy Director to New Zealand Ministry of Transport

The New Zealand Ministry of Transport has made a small number of senior appointments to help enhance its focus on strategic and long term policy thinking for the transport system. Glenn Lyons will join the Ministry as Strategy Director on secondment from UWE Bristol from 1 February to 30 September 2014. During this period he will devote three months of his time to the role. The aim of the role is to provide thought leadership and intellectual challenge. Specifically, the role, alongside other similar appointments, will involve: identifying and addressing significant transport challenges; acting as a critical sounding board for the key issues the Ministry will be providing advice to Government on; helping to build Ministry capability and frameworks for analysis; and developing a strategy for research to help inform the major transport policy decisions for New Zealand.

Glenn has been appointed in recognition of his longstanding expertise in the social and behavioural dimensions of travel and transport. He remarks, “This is an outstanding and exciting opportunity for me to be able to play a part in translating academic research and thinking into impact in policy and practice; it is the second time in my career that I have been seconded to a national government department, and I welcome the chance to once again be working with colleagues in the civil service."

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