The Bartlett School of Planning

Prof Robin Hickman

Prof Robin Hickman

Professor of Transport and City Planning

The Bartlett School of Planning

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2007

Research summary

Robin has authored and contributed to a number of research studies concerning sustainable transport, transport and climate change, urban structure and travel, the experience of travel, discourses on travel, and decision-support tools. These include case study material from London and the UK, and wider Europe, Asia and many international contexts, including:

Sustainable Transport

  • Online course on Sustainable Transport in the UK, with UK Department for Transport (2021-22), available on Futurelearn
  • Online course on Transforming Urban Mobility with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (2019-2021), on FutureLearn

  • The Automobility System (Greenpeace Germany, 2016-18)

  • Travel Vulnerability in London and Manila, University of Oxford, UCL, DLSU (Newton Fund, British Council, 2015-17)

  • Sustainable Integrated Tram-Based Transport Operations for Peripheral European Regions (SINTROPHER PLUS) (EU INTERREG IVB, 2007-14, 2014-17)

  • Improving Multi-Modal Interchange Hubs in China (ADB, 2013-14)

  • Synergy of New Advanced Public Transport Solutions Improving Connectivity in North-West Europe (SYNAPTIC) (EU, INTERREG IVB, 2012-13)

  • Changing Course in Sustainable Urban Transport (ADB, 2010-11)

Transport and climate change mitigation pathways

Research on transport and CO2 mitigation pathways:

  • Visioning and Backcasting for Transport in Jinan, China (VIBAT-Jinan) (University of Oxford Future of Cities Programme, 2010-11)
  • INTRA-SIM Auckland (University of Auckland, Auckland Council, 2010-13)

  • INTRA-SIM Oxfordshire, Swindon (Oxfordshire County Council, 2009-10; Swindon Borough Council, 2009-10)

  • Visioning and Backcasting for Transport in London (VIBAT-London) (for UrbanBuzz, HEFCE, 2007-09)

  • VIBAT-India and Delhi (ADB, 2008)

  • VIBAT-UK (UK DfT, 2005-06)

Urban Structure and Travel

Research examining the relationship between urban structure and travel, applied at different scales:

  • Planning for Sustainable Travel (UK CfIT, 2008-09)

  • Rural Streets and Lanes: A Design Handbook (Kent Downs AONB Unit, 2007)

  • Sustainable Cities Manual: Transport (UK CABE, 2008-09)

  • Science Review on How to Design a Sustainable Environment (UK DTI Foresight Panel, Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Project, 2007)

  • Transport and City Competitiveness: Literature Review (UK DfT, 2002)

  • Going to Town: Improving Town Centre Access (for the NTPF and DTLR, a companion guide to PPS6, 2002)

Decision-support tools

  • ParticipatoryMCA - multi actor MCA for major infrastructure projects

  • TC-SIM - transport and carbon simulation game (London)

  • INTRA-SIM - transport and multi-criteria impact (Oxfordshire, Auckland, Swindon)

He has also project managed and contributed to numerous transport planning projects and masterplanning projects whilst in consultancy.

Teaching summary

Robin is Director of the MSc in Transport & City Planning and coordinates/lectures on the following courses (see course outlines at: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/programmes/postgraduate):

MSc Transport and City Planning

  • Transport Planning and the City

MSc Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery

  • Sustainability and Major Infrastructure Projects

MSc in Sustainable Urbanism

  • Sustainable Urban Development - Key Themes
  • Group Project (Detroit/Stockholm)

Planning Project/Dissertation

He has guest lectured at the TSU, University of Oxford, and the University of Westminster.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor | 2007


Robin is Professor in Transport & City Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, and Director of the MSc in Transport & City Planning at UCL.

He has been a Visiting Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), University of Oxford (2011-2016); a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta (2016); and a Research Fellow at the TSU (2009-2011). He was Associate Director, leading on transport research at Halcrow (2004-2011); and worked on masterplanning and transport research at Llewelyn Davies (1999-2004) and local transport planning at Surrey County Council (1995-1999). 



  • Hickman, R., Mella Lira, B., Givoni, M. and Geurs, K. (Eds.) (2019) A Companion to Transport, Space and Equity. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Hickman, R., Givoni, M., Bonilla, D. and Banister, D. (Eds.) (2015) Handbook on Transport and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Hickman, R. and Banister, D. (2014) Transport, Climate Change and the City. Abingdon, Routledge.

Best practice guides

  • Chen, C-L., Hickman, R. and Saxena, S. (2015) Improving Interchanges. Toward Better Multimodal Railway Hubs in the People's Republic of China. Manila, ADB.
  • Hodgson, J., King, C., Hickman, R. (2015) Interchange Best Practice Guidelines, EU Sintropher project. Interreg IVB, UCL, London.
  • Hickman, R., Framer, P., Breithaupt, M. and Saxena, S. (2011) Changing Course in Sustainable Urban Transport. An Illustrated Guide. Manila, ADB.
  • Hickman, R., Hamilton-Baillie, B., and Purkiss, J. (2009) Rural Streets and Lanes. A Design Handbook for the Kent Downs. London: Halcrow Group.
  • Pharoah, T., Hickman, R. and Herbert, J. (2002) Going to Town: Improving Town Centre Access. A Companion Guide to PPS6. London: Llewelyn Davies, for the NRPF and ODPM.

He has also developed over 100 journal articles, book chapters, published reports and working papers. He has a regular column, ‘Off the Rails’, in the Town & Country Planning journal. He gained his PhD at the BSP in 2007.