Our current research comprises four main themes with multiple projects linked to these:
Energy & Environment
Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand
CIED investigates the drivers and barriers to low energy innovations throughout the economy and the implications of these innovations for energy demand. The TSU collaborates in this Research Centre on End Use Energy Demand which is funded by the RCUK Energy Programme.
Culture & Society
Designing and Policy Implementation for Encouraging Cycling and Walking Trips (DEPICT)
Walking and cycling are the most sustainable modes of transport in cities and should be placed at the heart of a transition towards low-carbon urban mobility systems. As part of the DePICT project, the TSU will investigate community-led infrastructure initiatives, aimed at increasing the attractiveness of walking and cycling in London.
Governance & Public Policy
Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport
Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport is a 2-year collaborative project which aims to enhance the research capabilities involved in future city transport planning, in both London and Manila, utilising the latest scientific research in practice.
Health & Wellbeing
Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches
The EU-funded PASTA project aims to connect transport and health research and practice by promoting active mobility in cities (walking and cycling in combination with public transport) as an innovative way of integrating physical activity into our everyday lives.
We run the Oxford University's innovative short-course programme in sustainable transport: Global Challenges in Transport that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in sustainable transport. Sessions are led by distinguished experts and use a combination of lectures, discussions and practical workshops for early career and senior professionals.
Next course: Infrastructure, Development and Finance (6-9 September 2016)
The TSU hosts a number of postgraduate doctoral students who are working with our academic staff and researchers on a diverse set of projects linked to our research themes.
- Heuishilja Chang is presenting a paper entitled 'Evaluation of the Slow City Approach as a Degrowth Strategy for Shrinking Communities' at the 5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, Budapest (30 August).
- Dr Tim Schwanen will be presenting a paper entitled 'Thinking complex interconnectivities: transition, nexus and geography' at the 2016 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, RGS, London (30 August - 2 September).
- Dr Debbie Hopkins will be chairing a session on '"Beyond and Across Energy": Addressing Nexus Challenges through Interdisciplinary, Integrative, and Inclusive Approaches' and presenting a paper entitled 'The Social Practice of Academic Mobility' in the The Trade-Off of Academic Mobilities session at the 2016 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, RGS, London (30 August - 2 September).
- Dr Denver Nixon will be presenting his paper 'A Sense of Momentum: Transportation Practices and Dis/Embodies Landscapes of Energy Use' in the '"Beyond and Across Energy": Addressing Nexus Challenges through Interdisciplinary, Integrative, and Inclusive Approaches' session at the 2016 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, RGS, London (30 August - 2 September).
- Dr Tim Schwanen will be presenting a paper entitled 'Infrastructure's allure' at the EASST Conference in Barcelona (31 August - 2 September).
- Heuishilja Chang is presenting a paper entitled 'Can Cittaslow (the Slow City approach) Enhance the Resilience of Japanese Shrinking Communities?' at the JEAS Conference, London (7 September).
- TSU Seminar Series 2016: Urban Mobilities in the Smart City - Podcasts and presentations now available online.