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Global Challenges in Transport

Global Challenges in Transport

Smart technologies and changing behaviours

This course examines the evolution and uptake of contemporary mobility systems. Individual sessions will explore emerging contemporary mobility cultures in different global regions, new perspectives on the role of technology in changing behaviours and energy reduction, and the sociocultural dynamics of behaviour change.

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 (From the March 2018 course)

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

Tim joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in March 2009 and became Director in September 2015. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a lecturer in urban geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 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.

Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

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.

Dr Debbie Hopkins, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Debbie Hopkins is a Departmental Research Lecturer at the Transport Studies Unit and School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Debbie works with the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand as a research fellow, and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport as an academic advisor. At Oxford, Debbie teaches undergraduate and masters courses on transport, mobilities, cities and climate change. Debbie’s research contributes to understandings of climate change and low-carbon mobility transitions, drawing from theories of socio-technical systems and behaviour change.

Stuart McCarroll, OFO Bikes

A lifelong practitioner in delivery and analysis of operations, Stuart joined ofo, the bike sharing company, in October 2017, directing operations in Oxfordshire to become aEuropean success story.
Stuart has over 18 years of experience working in sports general and operations management. In the last few of years, he worked with sport &leisure organisations to manage technological and material experience interventions to create sustainable businesses, alongside gaining an MBA.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical activity, and a lifelong keen cyclist, he sees the ofo business model as an ideal combination to improve consumer health through better mobility choices, while developing the market for an environmentally sustainable company. 

Professor John Miles, Cambridge University

John Miles is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and is the Arup/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Transitional Energy Strategies at the Department of Engineering. His special interests include the technology and economics of future transport systems, with a particular emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental impact. Recent research and consulting appointments have included substantial work in the areas of electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure, the development of wireless electric charging systems for small and large vehicles, the design and operation of electric buses, and the exploration and demonstration of autonomous systems for personal and public transport. 

Professor Graham Parkhurst, University of the West of England

Graham Parkhurst has more than two decades of experience researching and teaching transport and mobility studies. He is currently module leader for the Masters’ modules Transport Policy & Finance and Sustainable Transport Management & Operations. His current research projects consider the societal implications of autonomous (driverless) vehicles.

Dr Brendan Doody, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Brendan is a Research Associate in the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. His work empirically and theoretically examines transformations in urban mobility. He is currently monitoring and evaluating the Go Ultra Low Oxford (GULO) trial of different technologies aimed at supporting on-street EV charging for residents of terraced houses and examining the development and use of car sharing (aka car club) schemes in the UK. Prior to this role he completed a PhD (Geography) at Durham University and worked as a research associate at the University of Cambridge on emerging trends in the UK car market.

Professor David Banister, Director, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

David Banister is Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) and the Transport Studies Unit.

Robbie Tilleard, Behavioural Insights Team

Robbie is a Senior Advisor in the Productivity team. His work covers the areas of organisational behaviour, firm decision making, industrial strategy, international trade, and regional growth. Before joining BIT, Robbie worked at The Boston Consulting Group. His clients were in retail, media, and the public sector. He has worked for government at local and national levels in Australia and NGOs focused on economic growth and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Robbie holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Melbourne in Economics and Political Science and an MPhil in Economic and Social History (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. 

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Cardiff University

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh is an environmental psychologist, specialising in perceptions and behaviour in relation to climate change, energy and transport, based in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. She is also partner coordinator for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; and sits on the National Assembly of Wales climate change committee’s expert group.



Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday


March 2019, dates TBC


(Reduced fees available, please enquire)

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A participant's view

“This course challenges established approaches and many of its lectures are great mind openers. The biggest asset I take with me is a new window to look through and an additional perspective to solve transport issues. This is something I can directly apply to my daily work.”

Gabriel Martín Gómez, Transport Consultant, Ineco, Spain

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