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PhD information

Accessibility is a subject area which is ripe for doctoral research. Current doctoral projects include biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion, the use of organic models in modelling city evolution for developing countries, the design of buses for improved accessibility, wheelchair design for the safety of children in vehicles, the issues around the increasing use of mobility scooters and the relationships involved in care for people with dementia. Recent doctoral projects include the study of people on stairs, the use of public transport information by older people, accessibility issues for micronetworks and feeder services and implementation of supranational regulation. Other areas of interest include cognitive analysis of information needs, work with people with learning difficulties, pedestrian activities, infrastructure design and community-centred governance.

Doctoral students have all the benefits of being members of the UCL Graduate School, of working within the Centre for Transport Studies and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, including its Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Students are also part of the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre activity, through which they can reach and work with people across UCL. Much of our research involves external bodies such as Government departments (in particular the Department for Transport, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department of Health, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Transport for London, local and central government and private sector companies in the UK and overseas. We also have extensive and increasing engagement with researchers and governments overseas, notably in Latin America, Japan, China and the EU. In addition, those working within the Accessibility Research Group can become involved in any of our research projects - some of which can help to provide useful data sources, experimental facilities, or interesting facets of problems which can be explored as part of the doctoral research. This contact helps to keep the research focused on real issues, while encouraging the more philosophical side of doctoral research to flourish. Doctoral students are encouraged to take part in training courses organised by UCL or elsewhere as appropriate throughout their period of study. If you are interested in doctoral study on any aspect of accessibility, you should contact Nick Tyler, Taku Fujiyama or Steve Taylor in the first instance to discuss the possibilities.

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