£7.75m for a more sustainable transport future
25 March 2009
The Economic and Social Research Council, the Department for Transport and the Scottish Government have announced the creation of a new centre - the UK Transport Research Centre (UKTRC) - which will help to revolutionise research and knowledge transfer in transport and the social sciences, and in which UCL is a key partner.
The centre will be directed by Professor Peter Jones who will be seconded from the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) at UCL. Professor Roger Mackett, also of CTS, will manage the knowledge transfer and engagement activities.
A core objective of UKTRC is to bring new ideas and research capacity from the social sciences into the transport arena. It will also develop an extensive programme of engagement activities to strengthen links between academics, policy makers and practitioners.
The centre will initially fund research into key policy challenge areas including productivity and competitiveness, impacts of non-transport technologies, and travel
governance of climate change, with further research areas to be developed. A further aspect of the centre's role will be to provide direct research support to the Department for Transport.
The long-term research programme will be managed by Professor John Polak of Imperial College London. At the University of Leeds, Professor Peter Mackie will coordinate the research support activities with the Department for Transport and Dr Greg Marsden will lead on research capacity building including managing a programme of PhD studentships, visiting fellowships and research training.
The centre will be formally launched towards the end of 2009.
The Centre for Transport Studies at UCL
The Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) at UCL is part of UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, and houses the Accessibility Research Group. The centre conducts research in the following main areas: safety; transport modelling and analysis; institutional and behavioural aspects of transport policy; public transport; the theory and practice of traffic control; and transport in developing countries.
With colleagues in the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London it forms the University of London Centre for Transport Studies.