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Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport

Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport

New Technologies and Changing Behaviours

This course develops an international perspective on the evolution, production, and consumption of contemporary mobility systems. Emerging smart technologies and behavioural intervention programmes provide the focus for understanding the role of technology in changing behaviours and energy reduction. 

The Oxford Leadership Programme on Global Transport Challenges is comprised of four individual programmes. Each programme is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, with all accomodation and meals provided including a welcome lunch on arrival, and a formal networking dinner on the first night.  

Programme Faculty and session outlines

Prof David BanisterTransport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Planetary boundaries and low carbon urban mobility

Prof Glen Lyons, University of the West of England

Making Sense of the different relationship between 
telecommunications and travel behaviour

The relationship between telecommunications and travel
behaviour has been a source of international research attention
for some time. It is now clear that multiple effects are concurrently
at play: telecommunications can substitute for physical travel,
increase or enhance it, make physical travel more efficient,
limit the need for more physical travel, redistribute physical
travel and enrich the experience of travel itself. This session
will examine these issues and conclude by hypothesising
that society is in the midst of a regime change – a transition
from automobility into something significantly different.

Dr David Tyfield, Lancaster University

This session explores shifting from transport towards
socio-technical systems, situated practices of mobility and
smart mobility innovation. Using the case study of urban
mobility in China, the presentation assumes a socio-technical
systems perspective and highlights how analysing the future of
the car in China also provides a window into a set of
interrelated issues regarding mobility transitions that go far
beyond the technological challenges of alternative fuels:
e.g. issues of (global) political economy, innovation from below,
adventurous consumption and novel mobility practices.
Moreover, the session provides a wider perspective by
opening up promising alternatives to persistent carbon lock-in
and illuminates the prospects for Chinese leadership in
innovating low-carbon mobility systems.


Dr Tim Schwanen, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Theories of behavior change and transitions

With growing concerns over congestion, emissions from transport and the adverse effects of car use on public health, national and local governments are increasingly seeking to influence travel behaviours through a range of instruments and interventions. These interventions are usually informed by more or less formalised forms of expertise that can be traced back to specific academic disciplines and that differ in how they understand behaviour and human subjectivity. This session will introduce the key forms of such expertise derived from economics, psychology, geography and sociology. It will explore key differences by focusing on how behaviour is various understood in terms of conscious decisions, individual habits, and as social practices. Implications for policy making will be discussed with reference to the use of particular modes of transport.

Dr Tim Jones

This session explores the potential role of urban cycling for health and wellbeing particularly in the context of discourse on ageing populations and the need to create more liveable cities. Drawing on recent studies on cycling it demonstrates why urban cycling, as it is currently constituted in the UK, appeals to a narrow demographic. It goes on to highlight how cities could be shaped to support a democratic landscape for cycling, and in so doing, produce active ageing as part of everyday activity.

Graham Biggs
Corporate Communications Director, BMW Group UK & Ireland

Persuading the car buying public to choose electric

Graham is responsible for the public relations of the eight BMW
Group businesses in the region and its new products. Most recently
this has included the launch of the BMW i Brand and specifically
the new i3 model, which has been hailed as a significant game-
changer in the electric vehicle market.

Toby Park, Assistant Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team

Driving Change - Behavioural insights in transport

The Behavioural Insights Team works closely with the British
government and other organisations, applying insights from
psychology and behavioural economics to policy problems
and public service. The first half of this session provides an
introduction to the Behavioural Insights Team and some of the
behavioural frameworks used, before presenting two case
studies of how this approach is used to 1.) tackle unsustainable
transport preferences in the UK and 2.) inform the Singaporean
government’s driverless vehicle programme. The second half
of the session will be an interactive workshop applying these
tools to participant’s own areas in transport.


Ben Plowden, Transport for London 

This session will explore how Transport for London,
working with the Mayor of London's Roads Task Force, has
developed a new way of classifying urban roads and streets.
The classification captures the varied and complex roles urban
roads play in a city's life and will underpin future investment and
operational priorities for London's surface transport. The work of
the Roads Task Force provides a model for other major cities,
both in terms of stakeholder engagement and in defining how to
manage competing demands on a busy road network.

Dr Robin Hickman, University College London

Transport futures in London

This session considers the potential futures for transport in London 
to 2030 - it is an interactive session with participants using and 
engaging with a transport and carbon simulation game for London.


Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday


15 - 18  March 2016


(accommodation included)

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