Since this research is spread quite broadly across the university, Transport@UCL is also helping to raise the profile of UCL’s whole transport and mobility research portfolio.

Broad themes guiding the Institute's work in 2017-18 include:

  • Transport and Health 
  • Night time urban transport
  • data-rich and decarbonised transport 

Transport@UCL is directed by Dr. Nicola Christie, an expert in road safety. Her research experience covers 16 years at Transport Research Laboratory, 10 years at the University of Surrey and time as senior consultant at MVA. Nicola's research interests have focused on the causes and consequences of road traffic collisions and other unintentional injuries and the evaluation of interventions to reduce injuries. She is particularly interested in the relationship between deprivation and road traffic injury.  See Dr. Christie's research profile here


We use these themes as lenses to help us keep the whole picture of transport in focus. Learn more about our themes on the themes page. The six themes are:

Safety and security: Negotiating a balance between the scope to move and the many associated risks. making transport safe and secure while at the same time preserving individual autonomy Culture: Understanding how transport defines us by shaping our behaviour, beliefs and perceptions Health: Understanding how transport defines us by shaping our behaviour, beliefs and perceptions Accessibility: Exploring both how transport systems provide access to opportunities and the barriers faced by so many users Prosperity: Understanding the relationship between transport and the economic circumstances of people, organisations and countries Environment: Addressing the effects of transport systems on our natural resources and on our urban and rural areas


Director Dr. Nicola Christie founded the Transport Institute in 2013 with generous support from the Engineering Faculty and has since received contributions from the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Some of the highlights from the Transport Institute's first three years include: 

Dragon's den style research development event regular seminars on cycling issues

The Institute's annual reports are downloadable below:
UCL Transport Institute annual report 2014
UCL Transport Institute annual report 2015
UCl Transport Institute annual report 2016 

several rounds of grant seed funding briefing notes such as Transforming Transport Research into Policy and Practice,  Future of the High Street: Implications for transport policy and planning, Shipping in Changing Climates and Roads to a Carbon-free Transport (see all the Transport Institute briefing notes) public engagement projects on citizens helping to define transport research agendas and on public deliberation and preference voting related to transport (reports available under our publications) courses for public agencies on transport modelling 

Themes wheel


UCL Transport Institute defines three contexts within which we convene research activity around transport questions. 

Stakeholder map

UCL Transport Research Map

At UCL our researchers investigate aspects of transport across all of its economic, social and environmental implications

Advisory Board

In 2017 the Transport Institute formed an advisory board of senior professionals with careers in transport research and practice and representative UCL researchers