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Global Challenges in Transport

Global Challenges in Transport

Health, well-being and transport

This course concentrates on the relationships between urban form and design, mobility practices, and physical and mental well-being. Sessions address the links between urban environments and health at a range of spatial scales and in a range of geographical contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the potential contribution of walking, cycling and public transport services to healthy cities.

Part of the ‘Global Challenges in Transport’ Oxford Leadership Programme, this course is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, with all accommodation and meals provided, including a formal networking dinner on the first night.

Our past speakers (December 2017)

Dr Tim Schwanen, Director, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Wellbeing and mobility: An introduction

Tim joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in March 2009 and became Director in September 2015. He has been jointly appointed by TSU and the School of Geography since November 2012. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a lecturer in urban geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. At that university he also completed his PhD thesis (2003, cum laude) and MSc thesis (1999, cum laude). Tim's research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, transport, cultural and political and economic geography. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope and both theoretically oriented and empirical in nature. His key research interests include geographies of mobility; transitions to low-carbon and low-energy living and societies; ageing and well-being. Tim is one of the Deputy Directors of the RCUK funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018) in which the University of Sussex collaborates with the Universities of Manchester and Oxford.


Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

Leadership and sustainability - Finding the gap

A qualified trainer, facilitator and accredited executive coach, Edward Kellow has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development. As head of a global sustainability leadership programme, he co-ordinated and delivered training programmes in Europe, Africa, South East Asia, China, North and South America. Edward has worked with business, government, academia, third sector and media organisations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the British Council, UNDP, UNEP and World Vision UK.

Prof Karen Lucas, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Tackling social exclusion in the global north and global south

Karen is Professor of Transport and Social Analysis at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds. She has had 20 years of experience in social research in transport. She is a world-leading expert in the area of transport-related social exclusion. In 2015, she was given the Edward L. Ullman Award by the Transport Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and in 2016 the University of Leeds Women of Achievment Award, both for her significant contribution to transportation geography. Karen is a regular advisor to national governments in the UK.  In 2002, she was seconded to the Social Exclusion Unit for fourteen months to develop policies to address the transport exclusion of low-income and disadvantaged groups and communities. She subsequently worked for the Department of Transport to undertake pilot studies and develop the Guidance on Accessibility Planning that resulted from this study.

Dr James Esson, Loughborough University

Livelihoods in motion: Age related mobility, transport and livliehoods in the urban global south

James was educated at Newcastle University and the University of Oxford, where he graduated with first class honours in Geography and obtained an MSc in Transport Planning and Policy (Distinction), and an MSc in Education. He was awarded his PhD, which explored the relationship between development, mobility and irregular migration in urban sub Saharan Africa, from University College London. His current research builds upon work conducted as part of the EU-FP7 African rural-city connections (RurbanAfrica) project, and focuses on examining how the mobility of urban residents forms part of their livelihood strategies.

Dr Margie Peden, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford & the International Injury Research Unit, John Hopkins University  

Road safety in the real world: Putting research into practice

Dr Peden was educated in South Africa. She holds degrees in nursing, epidemiology and a PhD in injury epidemiology. She worked at Groote Schuur Hospital for 10 years before taking up a position at the South African MRC for 7 years. In 2000 she moved to WHO in Switzerland where she coordinated the Unintentional Injuries Prevention unit from 2000 to 2017. She was the executive editor of both the world reports on Road traffic injury prevention (2004) and Child injury prevention (2008). She also coordinated WHOs contribution to the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety and three global status reports on road safety.

Dr Jennie Middleton

Active Travel

Dr Jennie Middleton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Transport Studies Unit at University of Oxford. Prior to this she has held lecturing posts in human geography at Plymouth University and Kingston University. Whilst having a background in urban, social and cultural geography Jennie’s research strongly relates to the field of mobilities and transport research. Her current research explores everyday urban mobility, particularly people’s mobile experiences on foot, and the implications of this for urban and transport policy.

Dr Audrey de Nazelle, Imperial College London

Building the case for the integration of health in transport decision making

Audrey is a Lecturer in air pollution at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. She conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research at the intersection of environmental sciences, health behavior, transportation, and urban planning. Her work aims at guiding decision makers towards health-promoting built environments and policies. It involves novel and holistic approaches to assessing behavioural, environmental and health impacts of urban plans and policies, and to engaging citizens and stakeholders in more sustainable and health-promoting decision making. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Environmental Sciences, a Maîtrise in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Christian Brand, University of Oxford

Practical: Exploring the new WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool 4.0 for walking and cycling

Christian is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Transport Studies Unit and Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. With a background in physics, environmental science and transport studies in both academic and consultancy environments, Christian’s research focuses on sustainable transport in its many guises. This includes the energy and climate impacts of transport policy, multi-scale decision support systems, and life cycle transport-energy-environment systems modelling. He is Co Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and was Co Investigator on the transport and health projects UK ‘iConnect’ and EU ‘PASTA’. Most recently he has worked and published across disciplines on the role of active travel in meeting public health, climate change and sustainable transport objectives. He is member of the core group for the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling, which has recently been relaunched after a major upgrade to include physical activity, crash risk, air pollution and carbon impacts of active travel.

Emma Aldrich, Marie Stopes Uganda

Transportation and maternal mortality: How constraints on mobility impact maternal health and wellbeing in Uganda

Emma Aldrich is an international development professional and experienced Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programme manager. Ms Aldrich is currently based in Kampala as Acting Head of Programmes for Marie Stopes Uganda, an NGO that works to improve access to contraception and safe abortion services. Through Marie Stopes and through previous work for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Liverpool Mulago Partnership for Women's and Children Health, Emma has provided SRH capacity building and training and completed related research across west, east and southern Africa.  She holds an MSc International Development from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a BA in Gender and Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in the US.

Dr Adrian Davies, University of the West of England

Public Health and Transport Collaboration: The Bristol model

Dr Adrian Davis co-founded the Transport and Health Study Group in 1988 and subsequently the Health and Transport Research Group at the Open University (1994-1999). Adrian draws on his dual public health and transport planning training to capture the co-benefits through collaboration on road transport and public health. Having worked internationally and nationally much of his focus in recent years has been channelled through his embedded post as a transport and health specialist within Bristol City Council’s Transport Dept. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport and Health.


Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday

Next available dates

4 - 7 December 2018


(Reduced fees available, please enquire)

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A participant's view


'The diversity of the participants and presenters (which included researchers, various levels of transport officials and people from NGOs) was invaluable and enabled us to cover complex issues from fascinating angles.'

Yannick Cornet, Sustainable Transport Planning Researcher, Technical University of Denmark