Sustainable Transport Research Network
Research and engagement on new and emerging transport technologies and modes, including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and mobility as a service.
We carry out research and engagement activities on new and emerging transport technologies and modes, including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and mobility as a service.
We cover all modes of transport including automotive, aerospace, rail, shipping, cycling and walking amongst others focussing on a ‘Whole System Approach’.
Mobility brings a range of societal and economic benefits, from access to services and employment, to economic development and cultural exchange. But current transport systems also suffer from a number of intractable problems, including congestion, emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and local air pollutants, noise, accidents, depletion of resources, social exclusion and inaccessibility of amenities and services.
At the same time, several mega trends – including urbanisation, ageing population, electrification, increasing connectivity, and automation – are likely to impact on mobility systems. These and other developments will see disruptive innovations and socio-technical transitions within mobility systems that will have profound impacts on society, economy and environment.
The focus of our network is on new and emerging transport technologies and modes, including electric vehicles (EVs), alternative fuels, autonomous vehicles (AVs), infrastructure and mobility as a service (MAAS, eg car sharing). The impacts of these innovations may include the following:
- environmental - change in GHGs from EV/AV dominated transport systems
- technological - impact on the grid, dynamic charging of EVs, V2G
- legal - risk and regulation of AVs
- organisational - new business models for MAAS
- societal - cultural norms around car/bike sharing
- psychological - interaction with and trust in AVs
- computational - using traffic simulation and use of abstractions, such as agent-based approaches
- ethical - AV decision-making.
- to understand the nature and impacts of new and emerging transport technologies and modes (eg electric and autonomous vehicles; alternative fuels, infrastructure, mobility as a service) by generating robust evidence and high-quality scientific insights
- to disseminate and apply this understanding to real-world contexts, including policy, industry and civil society, in order to help generate innovative solutions for transport systems
- to build capacity within Cardiff University across a range of disciplines and create diverse collaborations with stakeholders through networking and knowledge sharing events.
We conduct research on:
- autonomous vehicles
- electric vehicles
- alternative fuels
- smart grids
- vehicle to grid
- car sharing
- transport modal choice
- in-vehicle human machine interface design
- vehicle simulation.
- transport logistics
- transport policy
- circular economy.
- Grigg, S. et al. 2021. Development of a low-power wireless acoustic emission sensor node for aerospace applications. Structural Control and Health Monitoring 28 (4) e2701. (10.1002/stc.2701)
- Li, D. M. , Featherston, C. A. and Wu, Z. 2020. An element-free study of variable stiffness composite plates with cutouts for enhanced buckling and post-buckling performance. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 371 113314. (10.1016/j.cma.2020.113314)
- Liu, X. , Featherston, C. A. and Kennedy, D. 2020. Buckling optimization of blended composite structures using lamination parameters. Thin-Walled Structures 154 106861. (10.1016/j.tws.2020.106861)
- Nieuwenhuis, P. 2018. Alternative business models and entrepreneurship: the case of electric vehicles. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 19 (1), pp.33-45. (10.1177/1465750317752885)
- Collins, A. and Cooper, C. 2017. Measuring and managing the environmental impact of festivals: The contribution of the Ecological Footprint. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 25 (1), pp.148-162. (10.1080/09669582.2016.1189922)
- Wells, P. and Nieuwenhuis, P. 2017. Operationalizing deep structural sustainability in business: longitudinal immersion as extensive engaged scholarship. British Journal of Management 28 (1), pp.45-63. (10.1111/1467-8551.12201)
- Haggar, P. 2016. Habit discontinuity and travel choices. PhD Thesis , Cardiff University.
- Luè, A. et al., 2016. Future priorities for a climate-friendly transport: a European strategic research agenda towards 2030. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 10 (3), pp.236-246. (10.1080/15568318.2014.893043)
- Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. and Wells, P. E. eds. 2015. The global automotive industry. John Wiley.
- Whitmarsh, L. and Xenias, D. 2015. Understanding people and cars. In: Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. and Wells, P. E. eds. The Global Automotive Industry. Automotive Series Wiley. , pp.29-40.
- Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. and Katsifou, E. 2015. More sustainable automotive production through understanding decoupling points in leagile manufacturing. Journal of Cleaner Production 95 , pp.232-241. (10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.084)
- Abdulah, A. et al., 2015. eBRIDGE Toolkit - Successful operation and promotion of electric fleets in Europe: an insider’s guide. Project Report.[Online].eBRIDGEAvailable athttp://www.ebridge-project.eu/images/ebridge/docs/ebridge-toolkit-rev3-low-82490.pdf.
- Özel, F. M. et al., 2014. How to strategically position European SMEs as part of an electric vehicle technology value chain. International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles 6 (3), pp.227-254. (10.1504/IJEHV.2014.065728)
- Newman, D. et al. 2014. Learning from electric cars as socio-technical mobility experiments: where next?. Transfers 4 (2), pp.23-41. (10.3167/TRANS.2014.040203)
- Newman, D. , Wells, P. E. and Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. 2014. Electric cars in the rural context: developments in Wales. The Journal of Sustainable Mobility 1 (1), pp.65-82. (10.9774/GLEAF.2350.2014.00007)
- Newman, D. et al. 2014. Urban, sub-urban or rural: where is the best place for electric vehicles?. International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 14 (3/4), pp.306-323. (10.1504/IJATM.2014.065295)
- Nieuwenhuis, P. A. H. F. 2014. Sustainable automobility: understanding the car as a natural system. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Santos, G. et al. 2013. Factors influencing modal split of commuting journeys in medium-size European cities. Journal of Transport Geography 30 , pp.127-137. (10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.04.005)
- Xenias, D. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2013. Dimensions and determinants of expert and public attitudes to sustainable transport policies and technologies. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 48 , pp.75-85. (10.1016/j.tra.2012.10.007)
- Whitmarsh, L. E. 2012. How useful is the Multi-Level Perspective for transport and sustainability research?. Journal of Transport Geography 24 , pp.483-487. (10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.01.022)
- Köhler, J. et al., 2010. Infrastructure investment for a transition to hydrogen automobiles. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 77 (8), pp.1237-1248. (10.1016/j.techfore.2010.03.010)
- Whitmarsh, L. E. and Köhler, J. 2010. Climate change and cars in the EU: the roles of auto firms, consumers, and policy in responding to global environmental change. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 3 (3), pp.427-441. (10.1093/cjres/rsq008)
- Köhler, J. et al., 2009. A transitions model for sustainable mobility. Ecological Economics 68 (12), pp.2985-2995. (10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.06.027)
- Whitmarsh, L. E. , Swartling, Å. G. and Jäger, J. 2009. Participation of experts and non-experts in a sustainability assessment of mobility. Environmental Policy and Governance 19 (4), pp.232-250. (10.1002/eet.513)
- Whitmarsh, L. E. , Turnpenny, J. and Nykvist, B. 2009. Beyond the regime: can Integrated Sustainability Assessment address the barriers to effective sustainable passenger mobility policy?. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 52 (8), pp.973-991. (10.1080/09640560903327286)
- Nykvist, B. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2008. A multi-level analysis of sustainable mobility transitions: Niche development in the UK and Sweden. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 75 (9), pp.1373-1387. (10.1016/j.techfore.2008.05.006)
- Potoglou, D. and Kanaroglou, P. S. 2008. Disaggregate Demand Analyses for Conventional and Alternative Fueled Automobiles: A Review. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 2 (4), pp.234-259. (10.1080/15568310701230398)
- Potoglou, D. 2008. Vehicle-type choice and neighbourhood characteristics: An empirical study of Hamilton, Canada. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 13 (3), pp.177-186. (10.1016/j.trd.2008.02.002)
- Wietschel, M. and Whitmarsh, L. E. 2008. Sustainable Transport Visions: What Role for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicle Technologies?. Energy & Environment 19 (2), pp.207-226. (10.1260/095830508783900816)
- sDNA – spatial network analysis software (Crispin Cooper)
- ReLib - Recycling electric car batteries (The Faraday Institution) (Peter Wells)
- STARS - Shared mobility opportunities and challenges for European cities (Horizon 2020) (Peter Wells)
- ICVUE Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe (Huw Davies, Georgina Santos, Liana Cipcigan)
- eBRIDGE (Intelligent Energy Europe) - adoption of electric vehicles and car sharing (Dimitrios Xenias)
- Future Mobility (Government Office of Science Foresight) - evidence review of decision-making in the transport system (contact: Lorraine Whitmarsh).
- Marketing Sustainable Material Vehicles (Swedish Ministry of Economy) - evidence review of consumer role in transition to sustainable materials (eg lightweight, biomaterials) vehicles (contact: Lorraine Whitmarsh)
- Smart Management of Electric Vehicles, EP/I038756/1 (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems, EPSRC/Innovate UK EP/M507131/1 (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- Grid Economics, Planning and Business Models for Smart Electric Mobility, EPSRC EP/L001039/1, (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- Agent-based controllers for EVs and micro-generators, Innovate UK, (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- Electric Vehicle Value Chain, Bridging the gaps, EPSRC (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE), EC FP7, (contact: Liana Cipcigan)
- European network on electric vehicles and transferring expertise (ENEVATE), EC INTERREG IVC (contact: Paul Nieuwenhuis)
- REACT - supporting research on climate-friendly transport. EU-FP7 project on cross-cutting themes relevant to developing sustainable transport policies in Europe. (contact: Lorraine Whitmarsh)
- Interventions to Promote Eco-Driving Habits (Shell) - Explored the potential of eco-driving behaviour change interventions on drivers who changed vehicles or lifestyles. (contact: Lorraine Whitmarsh)
- Flourish Connected Autonomous Vehicles, multi-partner project funded by Innovate UK, 2016-19. (contact: Phil Morgan)
- Venturer Autonomous Vehicles for UK Roads, co-investigator, multi-partner project funded by Innovate UK, 2015-2018. (contact: Phil Morgan).
Research theme leader - Sustainable Transport
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Research theme leader – Sustainable Transport
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Professor, IROHMS Director of Research
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Reader in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis
College Dean of International
Professor of Performance Engineering
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Reader, Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings, Director of Postgraduate Research
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Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation
- Welsh speaking
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Reader in Logistics and Operations Modelling, Deputy Section Head - Research, Innovation and Engagement
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Professor in Logistics and Operations Management, Deputy Head of Section - Research, Impact and Innovation
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Senior Lecturer in Logistics, Transport and Operations Management, Programme Director of MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management
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Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management
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Professor in Multimodal Transport Systems
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Professor in Logistics and Operations Management
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Head of Logistics and Operations Management Section, Professor in Logistics
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Professor of Operational Research, The PARC Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics
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Reader in Logistics and Operations Management, Co-ordinator for Transport, Shipping Port and Maritime Research Group (TRANSPAM)
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Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management
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Director of Research
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Upcoming events will be listed here when they become available.
6 June 2019
Transport Futures Conference, Cardiff University
A successful, one-day conference in which researchers, entrepreneurs, practitioners and industry experts came together to engage in talks and discussion relating to future transportation and mobility. The event saw the identification of opportunities for collaboration and network building. Keep an eye out or future Transport Futures Research Network events.
9 May 2019
Towards Sustainable E-Mobility: Vision and Challenges.
Talk given by Dr Yue Cao.
11 April 2019
Older people’s mobility, new transport technologies and user-centred innovation.
Talk given by Dr Charles Musselwhite.
14 February 2019
Modelling of active travel behaviour.
Talk given by Dr Crispin Cooper.
17 January 2019
Sustainable City Analytics.
Talk given by Snigdha Jain.
8 November 2019
Driverless Cars: hype or inevitable.
Talk given by Christian Wolmar.
13 September 2018
Monthly seminar series: Driverless cars: hype or inevitable?
Talk given by Christian Wolmar.
11 October 2018
Monthly seminar series: Dr. Phillip Morgan - Trust in an autonomously driven simulator and road vehicle performing increasingly complex manoeuvres with and without other vehicles.
Talk given by Philip Morgan - Psychology department, room 12.11.
13 December 2018
Monthly seminar series: Dr. Phillip Morgan - Modelling of active travel behaviour
Talk given by Philip Morgan - Psychology department, room 12.11.
14 June 2018
Monthly seminar series: Innovations in retail freight
Talk given by Prof. Tom Cherrett.
28 June 2018
Monthly seminar series: Charles Musselwhite.