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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 2017 course)

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.


Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

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 around the world for business, government, academia, third sector and media organisations, including the British Council, UNDP, UNEP and World Vision UK.

Professor Denise Morrey, Oxford Brookes University

As founder member of the MobOx Foundation, Denise has focussed on transport challenges in Oxford, and the role of electric forms of personal transport in travel behaviour change. She has worked on research projects for Innovate UK, EPSRC, EU-Atlantic Area and Industry funded research projects.

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 future systems and environmental impact. John is a member of the UK Automotive Council and was founding chairman of the Council’s Working Group on Intelligent Mobility. John is currently a member of IM-PACT (the UK Intelligent Mobility Planning and Action Co-Ordination Team) and is chairman of the IM-PACT Working Group on Cities and Supporting Infrastructure.

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

Tim Schwanen is Director of the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. Tim is one of the Deputy Directors of the RCUK funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018). Tim's research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, transport, cultural and political and economic geography.

Dr Debbie Hopkins, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Debbie Hopkins is a Research Fellow in Low Carbon Mobility and Energy Demand at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, and works with the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand. Debbie’s research contributes to understandings of climate change mitigation and adaptation, drawing from socio-technical transitions and behaviour change theories.

Toby Park, Behavioural Insights Team 

Toby Park delivers policy advice and intervention design to ministers, civil servants and foreign governments in the fields of transport, energy and sustainability. With a background in engineering, and subsequently social psychology, his work relies upon the application of behavioural science to enable people to make better choices for themselves and for society.

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.

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Cardiff University

Lorraine Whitmarsh teaches and researches the psychological and social dimensions of environmental, risk and sustainability issues at Cardiff University. She is partner coordinator for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and an Associate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University. She is a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, advising Welsh Government on transport and behaviour change in relation to climate change.


Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday


13-17 March 2018


(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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