Transport Studies Unit – Research Project: Climate Change Energy and Transport

Two brief reports have recently completed in the context of an ESRC funded study on transport and climate change:  (

The reports discuss the contribution that the social sciences
broadly conceived – i.e. sociology, human geography, political sciences,
innovation studies and even philosophy – can make to thinking about climate
change and energy use reduction in transport:

a) The first report is based on interviews with 20 leading social
scientists, and analyses how the social sciences can enrich transport research.
It is available at:

b) The second report proposes an expanded research agenda for
transport-oriented research on climate change and energy use. It can be
downloaded from:

In September 2012 a special issue of the Journal of Transport Geography will be published about theoretical perspectives on climate change mitigation in transport. This will include contributions by Frank Geels and John Urry amongst others.

Feel free to contact the project team with any questions about the project or
its outcomes. ( )


SAVE ME 2nd Project Workshop, Baltic Gallery, Gateshead (UK), June 27th 2012

The EU FP7-funded SAVE ME project ( is well into its
final year. The project has developed an intelligent sensor-based system which
detects both natural and man-made disaster events in public transport
terminals, vehicles and critical infrastructures to support quick and optimal
mass evacuation. The ultimate aim of SAVE ME is to provide support in emergency
situations to help save the lives of the general public and the rescuers,
giving particular emphasis to the most vulnerable travellers (i.e. children,
older people and the mobility impaired). The final user trials will be taking
place in late May – early June at the Colle Capretto road tunnel, San Gemini,
Italy, and at Monument Metro Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

The project consortium members are pleased to announce
the final SAVE ME project workshop will take place from 1000-1630 (registration
opens at 0930) on Wednesday June 27th 2012 at the Baltic Centre for
Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quayside, UK (
This is free to attend, open to all who are interested and can be registered
for by going to
The event is kindly supported by the European Commission and the Safe and
Secure theme of the transportNewcastle network (,
part of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) at
Newcastle University.

This one-day event will disseminate key findings from the
SAVE ME project and provide an open environment for a wider discussion about
the major safety and security issues facing transportation today. In addition
to the SAVE ME presentations, we have invited a number of national and
international key speakers working in the safety and security arena and from
other EU research projects to create a diverse and exciting agenda for the day.

The final agenda will be circulated in due course. In the
meantime, we kindly ask those interested in attending to register for free on
our dedicated Eventbrite website to allow us to provide you with further
information about the event. We would like to attract as wide an audience as
possible from different sectors and backgrounds, so please feel free to
disseminate this information to any contacts and through other networks where
this may be relevant.

Kind regards,

Prof. Phil Blythe

SAVE ME project co-ordinator on behalf of the project

Research Fellow in Governance and Transport Policy

Research Fellow in Governance and Transport Policy
Institute for Transport Studies
University of Leeds

Five year fixed term contract

(Full time – job share arrangements can be considered)

This role supports an exciting and growing research area related to the development, design and implementation of a broad range of policies which impact on transport and travel. The research agenda that the role supports examines the political, sociological and technical arguments surrounding the development of sustainable transport policy in a range of contexts and countries. You will be expected to engage with critical research themes relating to how transport interfaces with other policy fields such as energy, health and the economy.

The role is part of an on-going programme of research led by Dr Greg Marsden, with this post funded by the University for a period of 5 years as support for the Head of School. This includes large RCUK funded projects on the Governance of Climate Change in Transport (ESRC), Competitive Cities (EPSRC) and Disruption (<>) and the potential for less energy intensive policies (EPSRC). It includes a component of teaching support and co-ordination facing two core masters modules (Transport Planning and Policy – TRAN5142 and Sustainable Land-Use and Transport Planning – TRAN5112) providing the opportunity to build teaching, research, communication and project management skills. You will be a member of the Sustainable Transport Policy group and will be expected to contribute towards the vibrant research culture within ITS. Opportunities for the development of an independent research profile will also be provided.

Your qualifications and experience will include an honours and masters degree followed by a PhD in a relevant discipline (such as political geography, political science, policy studies or transport studies in a related topic area). Experience in the analysis of governance and/or the mobility of policies and how this influences policy design is desirable as are skills in qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

Further information about the Institute is available via – search using reference code ENVTR0006

University Grade 7 (£29,972 – £35,788 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Greg Marsden, tel
+44 (0)113 343 5358, email<>

Closing Date: 13 January 2012

Dr Greg Marsden

Senior Lecturer Transport Policy and Strategy Institute for Transport Studies University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0)113 3435358


Carbon Aware Cities: CATCH Final Conference, 13 December 2011, Bristol, UK

The CATCH project is holding its final conference on 13 December 2011 in the University of West of England in Bristol, UK. This EU FP7 project conducted ground-breaking research into how information about climate change and transport should be communicated, and has developed an online knowledge platform designed to facilitate an holistic view of transport in order to better communicate the need for low carbon transport systems, and plan for the low carbon transport future.

The final conference will present research from the project, and present the CATCH knowledge platform in the context of a variety of co-benefits that a low carbon transport will bring to health, safety, the economy and to planning. It will be demonstrated how the CATCH knowledge platform links to these different areas by providing information and improving communication between the general public and transport professionals. Presentations from experts from different fields will also detail the wider benefits of a low carbon transport future.

Who will attend?
– Transport professionals interested in low carbon transport systems: city representatives, public transport operators, consultants, and others.
– Climate change experts with an interest in transport.
– Professionals from other disciplines which can benefit from low carbon transport systems: for example from health or civil society.

It is free to attend the conference, but places are limited and registration is required.
To cover our costs, if you register and do not attend and do not inform us by 9th December 2011, then you will be charged 100 EURO (see terms and conditions).

Conference web page, including registration:

Draft programme:

For more information, contact Anna Clark (