Centre for Transport and Society news and events 2017

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CTS Annual Winter Conference 2017

The Centre for Transport and Society’s 2017 Winter Conference took place on Friday 15 December 2017 and featured presentations from CTS researchers on varied aspects of the Centre's research.  Below are a selection of the presentations from the Annual Conference: 

Dr Juliet Jain presents new evidence on wi-fi use on trains

Dr Juliet Jain presented evidence from the project ‘Continuously Connected Customer: WiFi on Trains’ to an audience of 200 academics and rail industry professionals at the 6th RRUKA Annual Conference on 16 November 2017.

Days Out by Train project wins 3rd prize at 2017 Community Rail Awards

Days Out by Train enabled over 2,000 people from disadvantaged communities (including refugees and asylum seekers, immigrant families at risk of social isolation and people on low incomes) to go on a day trip using the local rail services for free.

The project, designed and delivered by Dr Miriam Ricci at the Centre for Transport and Society in collaboration with the Severnside Community Rail Partnership and funded by Great Western Rail, has won third prize in the  2017 Community Rail Awards in the “Including Diverse Groups” category.  

International Cycling Conference in Mannheim, Germany

Professor John Parkin was a member of the programme committee of the International Cycling Conference, which took place in Mannheim in Germany from 19 to 21 September 2017. The conference celebrated the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle by Karl von Drais.

There were 300 delegates from 42 countries in attendance at the conference, which was very much about linking research to practice. Professor Parkin chaired a session, presented a paper on the opportunities and threats of autonomous vehicles to cycling, and awarded prizes for the best posters. He will also be a co-editor of a themed issue of Transportation Research Part A that will come out of conference papers. 

Creating traffic-free spaces in Towns and Cities Conference

Councillors, planners and transport planners from around the country came to the Arnolfini on 15 September 2017 for a conference organised by the Centre for Transport and Society on Creating Traffic-free Space in Towns and Cities. The event attracted a lot of media attention and sold out three weeks in advance.

CTS, working with University College London, created Traffic Removal for professionals working on ‘traffic removal’ projects. It includes this short film, in which Dr Steve Melia interviews the Mayor of Leicester about the recent transformation of the city.

Commuting and Wellbeing Symposium

Dr Kiron Chatterjee, Dr Ben Clark and Dr Adrian Davis from the Centre for Transport and Society hosted a one day symposium on commuting and wellbeing at UWE Bristol on 23 June 2017. The event drew together a group of international academics from the US, South East Asia and continental Europe to discuss the latest evidence of the impacts of commuting on health and wellbeing. This included findings from our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded commuting and wellbeing project. For further information about the day, including links to the presentations, visit the Changing Travel Behaviours website.

Days Out by Train final project seminar

Days Out by Train final project seminar and networking reception was held on 24 May 2017 at the Engine Shed, Bristol. The event featured presentations by Great Western Railways, funder of the Days Out project, the Severnside Community Rail Partnership and Dr Miriam Ricci of the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS).

The project enabled over 2,000 individuals from socially disadvantaged communities to enjoy a free day out on the GWR services around the West of England. All the presentations slides and final report will be available via Severnside Community Rail Partnership in the near future.

Presentation of research on how commuting influences personal wellbeing

Dr Ben Clark and Dr Kiron Chatterjee from the CTS presented their research on how commuting influences personal wellbeing at various conferences over recent months, including the Centre for Transport and Society winter conference in December, the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in January and the UK Sustainable Transport and Health Summit 2017 in February 2017.

To find out more about why longer commutes are linked to lower life satisfaction (unless you commute by rail), have a look at the project website.

Transport strategy for mass pilgrims visiting Iraqi holy cities

Thamir Alqatrani joined CTS from 1 April 2017 to study a PhD concerning the management of pilgrimage movements in the Iraqi holy city of Karbila. Thamir is sponsored by the Iraqi government and one of just 25 applicants across the country who was awarded the prestigious bursary since 2015.

Thamir is supervised by Dr Steve Melia, Professor John Parkin and Adam Sheppard. The religious events in Karbila are considered as the largest gatherings in the world, with over 20 million people at certain times of year.

A search for more efficient transport planning to deal with the huge crowds in the historical and religious city is the main issue of the project. The tension between heritage conservation and modern transport planning is another important theme of the research.

Boosting Cycling Activity and Improving Safety conference

Dr Steve Melia delivered a presentation at the conference Boosting Cycling Activity and Improving Safety on 16 March 2017 in London. The conference was organised by Public Policy Exchange.

Best performing student presents his dissertation at event

Jonathan Flower won the prize for the best performing student in the 2015/16 academic year. The prize is awarded each year by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Jonathan gave a talk on his dissertation, titled ‘Just the ticket? Ticketing, a barrier or enabler to people using public transport for local journeys’ at an event on 8 March 2017.

Richard Mintern, Chairman of JMC Group, also gave a talk on his perspectives on business management in the airline industry.

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