Skip to main content

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.

Aims

  • 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
  • infrastructure
  • transport modal choice
  • in-vehicle human machine interface design
  • vehicle simulation.
  • transport logistics
  • transport policy
  • circular economy.

Selected publications

Academic staff

Professor Liana Cipcigan

Professor Liana Cipcigan

Research theme leader - Sustainable Transport

Email
cipciganlm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0665
Professor Carol Featherston

Professor Carol Featherston

Professor
Research theme leader – Sustainable Transport

Email
featherstonca@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5328
Professor Philip J Bowen

Professor Philip J Bowen

Professor

Email
bowenpj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4688
Professor Phil Morgan

Professor Phil Morgan

Professor, IROHMS Director of Research

Email
morganphil@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0784
Dr Dimitris Potoglou

Dr Dimitris Potoglou

Reader in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis

Email
potogloud@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)2920876088
Professor Omer Rana

Professor Omer Rana

College Dean of International
Professor of Performance Engineering

Email
ranaof@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5542
Dr Georgina Santos

Dr Georgina Santos

Senior Lecturer

Email
santosg@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4462
Professor Peter Wells

Professor Peter Wells

Professor of Business and Sustainability, Director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research

Email
wellspe@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5717

Associated staff

Dr Dimitrios Xenias

Dr Dimitrios Xenias

Research Associate

Email
xeniasd@cardiff.ac.uk, xeniasd@gmx.com
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0714
Dr Vicki Stevenson

Dr Vicki Stevenson

Senior Lecturer

Email
stevensonv@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0927
Dr Daniel Newman

Dr Daniel Newman

Senior Lecturer in Law

Email
newmandc@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4049
Professor Calvin Jones

Professor Calvin Jones

Deputy Dean for Public Value and External Relations

Email
jonesc24@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5470
Professor Leighton Andrews

Professor Leighton Andrews

Professor of Practice in Public Service Leadership and Innovation

Welsh speaking
Email
andrewsl7@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6564
Dr Irina Harris

Dr Irina Harris

Reader in Logistics and Operations Modelling, Deputy Section Head - Research, Innovation and Engagement

Email
harrisi1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4447
Dr Yingli Wang

Dr Yingli Wang

Reader in Logistics and Operations Management

Email
wangy14@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5066
Dr Jane Haider

Dr Jane Haider

Senior Lecturer in Logistics, Transport and Operations Management

Email
haider@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6851
Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues

Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues

Reader in Logistics and Operations Management

Email
sanchezrodriguesva1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5185
Professor Anthony Beresford

Professor Anthony Beresford

Professor in Multimodal Transport Systems

Email
beresford@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6869
Professor Stephen Pettit

Professor Stephen Pettit

Professor in Logistics and Operations Management

Email
pettit@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6835
Professor Robert Mason

Professor Robert Mason

Head of Logistics and Operations Management Section, Professor in Logistics

Email
masonrj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5511
Dr Emrah Demir

Dr Emrah Demir

Reader in Management Science, The PARC Associate Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics, Senior Coordinator of Learning & Teaching

Email
demire@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0971
Dr Wessam M.T. Abouarghoub

Dr Wessam M.T. Abouarghoub

Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management, Programme Director of MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management

Email
abouarghoubw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5852
Dr Jean-Paul Skeete

Dr Jean-Paul Skeete

Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management

Email
skeetej@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0879
Dr Padraig Corcoran

Dr Padraig Corcoran

Director, Data Science Academy
Senior Lecturer

Email
corcoranp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6996
Dr Andrei Gagarin

Dr Andrei Gagarin

Senior Lecturer

Email
gagarina@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 8850

Upcoming events

Upcoming events will be listed here when they become available.

Past events

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.