Presentations at Mobility Futures Conference

Last week, Tim and James and Noel made presentations at the Mobility Futures Conference in Lancaster, where the project also sponsored a special session on disruption.

The presentations can be viewed here:

Tim: Disruption  – Inevitability Opportunity Necessity

James and Noel: Mobility (and) practices: identifying the ‘anchors’ of daily (travel) routines  the case of the commute



Systems Thinking, Air Quality and Disruption

On Wednesday 15th May, Tim has been invited to participate in a high profile workshop about sorting out Bristol’s traffic related air pollution problems. The workshop, hosted at Bristol University by Sustain and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership will take a systems thinking approach to tacking the problem. It will be interesting to see what the Disruption project my have to offer.

Making Mixed-Methods Work in Transport Research: Workshop, 20th June 2013, Leeds

The Disruption project is linking with the Travel Behaviours Network ( ) to run a workshop on ‘Making Mixed Methods Work’ in relation to transport research.

The event is free and will be held in Leeds on 20th June 10-4pm.

Making Mixed-Methods Work
Travel Behaviours Workshop, 20th June 2013, Leeds

Call for Papers

It is well accepted that understanding our mobility decisions requires an active consideration of the interfaces between factors such as land-use patterns, work and leisure practices, family structures, and technologies. Such understandings can only be brought about through the application of different theoretical framings of the problem, different methodological responses to the problem, and the exploration of the problem and its contexts using different toolkits of methods. It is contended that unlocking critical policy understandings requires multi-pronged approaches. However, interlinking different theories, methodologies and methods creates real practical and intellectual challenges.

This workshop will seek to understand the variety of research methods that researchers are using to engage with communities and make sense of the processes that inform our travel practices. We would like to encourage submissions from project teams that both wish to give a presentation but also develop a paper for a Special Issue of a journal.

Submissions are invited that address questions related to interdisciplinary methodological practices and may address a variety of issues such as: novel methods, new methodological considerations; mixing of methods, the role of new technologies, crowd sourcing, when things go wrong and of course when things go right.

While the session seeks contributions in the traditional paper format, it also seeks to encourage other forms of audience engagement such as demos, audience participation activities and discussion.

See the attached PDF for more information. Please submit a title and abstract of up to 250 words to Jane Macdonald  by 31st March 2013.

Priority will be given to attendees involved in the papers but anyone is welcome to register an interest to attend with

This workshop is being organised by the Travel Behaviours Network ( The network is funded by the RCUK Energy Programme and aims to bring together a series of interdisciplinary, cross council research projects exploring how to reduce energy use from transport.

Further information can be downloaded here.

Disruption Launch Workshop – 22nd May

On Tuesday 22nd May, the Disruption project will be holding its launch workshop  at the Royal  Society in London.

The workshop will provide an introduction to the project and allow academics and practitioners working in the field to discuss the potential for new insights into carbon reduction from travel.  It will begin to explore the type of evidence that might be needed to impact on policy as the project evolves.

In addition to a workshop session to help us develop the project, we are also delighted to have two guest speakers on the topic of Disruption.

Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), School of Newcastle University – editor of the book “Disrupted Cities”.

Clare Sheffield, Travel Behaviour Research Manager with Transport for London (TfL)
talking about “Disruption and the Olympics”.

If you would like further information, or wish to register for the workshop (places are now very limited) please contact

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