UCL Transport Institute


Dr Robin Hickman

Robin’s research interests are in transport and climate change, urban structure and travel, the affective dimensions of travel, and integrated planning and transport strategies. He has contributed to numerous projects on transport planning, policy research, strategy development and urban planning in London, UK, Europe and Asia.

Dr Robin Hickman

Dr Robin Hickman


Bartlett School of Planning
Central House 14, Upper Woburn Place, London


  • Reader in Transport and City Planning
    The Bartlett School of Planning
    Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL


Robin has authored and contributed to a number of policy research studies concerning sustainable transport, and urban structure and travel, including:

Sustainable Transport

  • The Automobility System: Framing, Impacts and Discourses (Greenpeace Germany, 2016)
  • Travel Vulnerability in London and Manila, University of Oxford, UCL, 
  • De La Salle University (Newton Fund, British Council, 2015-16)

  • Sustainable Integrated Tram-Based Transport Operations for Peripheral European Regions (SINTROPHER PLUS) (EU INTERREG IVB, 2007-14, 2014-15)
  • Synergy of New Advanced Public Transport Solutions Improving Connectivity in North-West Europe (SYNAPTIC) (EU, INTERREG IVB, 2012-13)
  • INTRA-SIM Auckland (University of Auckland, Auckland Council, 2010-13)
  • Visioning and Backcasting for Transport in Jinan, China (VIBAT-Jinan) (University of Oxford Future of Cities Programme, 2010-11)
  • INTRA-SIM Oxfordshire (Oxfordshire County Council, 2009-10)
  • Visioning and Backcasting for Transport in London (VIBAT-London) (for UrbanBuzz, HEFCE, 2007-09) [http://www.vibat.org]
  • VIBAT-UK (UK DfT, 2005-06)

 Urban Structure and Travel

  • Planning for Sustainable Travel (UK CfIT, 2008-09) [http://www.plan4sustainabletravel.org]
  • 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).

Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia

  •  Improving Multi-Modal Interchange Hubs in China: An Illustrated Guide (ADB, 2013-14)
  •  Major Projects and Carbon Footprinting (ADB, 2012)
  •  Changing Course in Sustainable Urban Transport. An Illustrated Guide (ADB, 2010-11)
  •  VIBAT-India and Delhi (ADB, 2008)

He has also project managed and contributed to numerous transport planning projects and masterplanning projects whilst in consultancy, including Smarter Travel Choice investment in Local Transport Plans (LTP3) (Sustrans and FoE, 2011); the DaSTS Corridor 10 study (London-Leeds) (DfT, 2010); the North London Sub-Regional Transport Scoping Study (TfL); Thames Gateway Integrated Transport and Land Use Study (TfL); Canning Town and Royal Docks Transport Study (TfL); Park Royal Strategic Masterplan (PRP); Cambridge Northern Fringe and Eastern Expansion Studies (Cambridge County Council); Brixham Masterplan; Camborne, Pool and Redruth Masterplan; Coatesville Mainstreet Revitalisation (USA); and Merseytram Design Guide (Merseytravel).

Award year Qualification Institution
2007 Dr
Planning studies
University College London

Robin is a Reader in Transport Planning and the City at the Bartlett School of Planning (BSP), University College London (http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk) and Director of the MSc in Transport and City Planning (http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/planning/programmes/postgraduate).

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); a Research Fellow at the TSU (2009-2011), and Visiting Lecturer at the BSP (2006-2011). He worked in consultancy as an Associate Director at Halcrow, leading on transport research (2004-2011); on masterplanning and transport research at Llewelyn Davies (1999-2004); and local transport planning at Surrey County Council (1995-1999). 

He has research interests in transport and climate change, urban structure and travel, integrated transport and urban planning strategies, the affective dimensions of travel, discourses in travel, multi-criteria appraisal, and sustainable transport strategies in the UK, Europe and Asia. He has co-authored the following books/best practice guides:

  • Hickman, R., Givoni, M., Bonilla, D. and Banister, D. (2015) Handbook on Transport and Development, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.
  • Chen, C-L, Hickman, R. and Saxena, S. (2015) Improving Interchanges. Toward Better Multimodal Railway Hubs in the PRC, Manila, Asian Development Bank.
  • Hickman, R. and Banister, D. (2014) Transport, Climate Change and the City, Abingdon, Routledge. 
  • Hickman, R., Fremer, P., Saxena, S. and Breithaupt, M. (2011) Changing Course in Urban Transport. An Illustrated Guide, Manila, ADB.
  • Hickman, R., Purkiss, J. and Hamilton-Baillie, B. (2007) Rural Streets and Lanes: A Design Handbook, Kent Downs AONB Unit.
  • Pharoah, T., Hickman, R. and Herbert, J. (2002) Going to Town: Improving Access to Town Centres, London, NRPF, DTLR.
He has also developed over 60 journal articles, book chapters, published reports and working papers. He gained his PhD in transport planning studies at the BSP in 2007 (thesis: a micro analysis of new household location and the journey to work in Surrey, UK); and MA in Town and Country Planning at Manchester University in 1994. He gave written and oral evidence to the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on Transport and Climate Change in 2006.