The Programme

The Global Challenges in Transport courses are part of the Oxford Leadership Programme, and are delivered in collaboration with Saïd Business School.

The programme provides decision-makers from a range of sectors with the necessary skills and expertise to address the complex challenges of sustainable transport futures. Our courses attract both early-career and senior professionals, as well as academic researchers. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in the sessions, which emphasise small-group teaching, critical thinking, and debate. You will be able to draw on expertise from different sectors and disciplines to develop new insights into the challenges you encounter in your day-to-day practice or research.

The Courses

Each of the four courses in the Global Challenges in Transport programme runs once per year. The courses can be taken independently, or in any combination, allowing participants to tailor a flexible programme around their own interests.

New Technologies and Changing Behaviours (14 - 17 March 2017)

Oxford bus. © Andre Neves.

This course explores emerging contemporary mobility cultures in different global regions, the diffusion of new technologies and new perspectives on their role, changing behaviours and energy reduction, and the sociocultural dynamics of behaviour change. The course additionally offers an overview of new and emerging smart technologies and behavioural intervention programmes and provides insights into current projects and initiatives across the globe.

The expertise of our speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.

See the programme [PDF: 0.6 MB]

Find out more about the sessions and speakers (SBS website)

Governing Transitions in Urban Transport (27 - 30 June 2017)

Governing Transitions in Urban Transport

Cities are increasingly the places where technological, behavioural and institutional transitions in transport have the greatest impact. This course explores how such transformations can be facilitated and steered through policy and planning.

The expertise of our speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.

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Find out more about the sessions and speakers (SBS website)

Infrastructure, Development and Finance (5-8 September 2017)

Infrastructure, Development and Finance

This course explores the relationships between transport infrastructure, investment, and economic development. The four themes covered in the course are:

  • Delivering large transport infrastructure;
  • Transport investment and appraisal;
  • Stakeholders in infrastructure development; and
  • Theories, tools, techniques.

Key speakers include: Professor Naomi Brookes (University of Leeds); Professor Harry Dimitriou (UCL Bartlett); Mr Satyaki Raghunath (MAG Airports Group). The expertise of the speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.

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Find out more about the sessions and speakers (SBS website)

Health, Wellbeing and Urban Mobility (5-8 December 2017)

Cycling London. © Andre Neves.

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.

The expertise of our speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.

See the 2015 programme [PDF: 438.2 KB]

Find out more about the sessions and speakers (SBS website)

How to Apply

To apply for a place on one or several Global Challenges in Transport courses, please complete the following application form and submit it either by email to exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk, or by post, to The Executive Education Coordinator, Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK.

Fees and Scholarships

Course fees for each course cover attendance at all sessions; 3 nights' en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford; breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a formal Networking Dinner at Kellogg College on the first evening; morning and afternoon tea and coffee; teaching materials; certificate from the University of Oxford.

If you do not require accommodation in Oxford, please contact us for the non-residential rate.

The following fees per course apply in 2016/17:

 Early Bird rate*Full rate
Private sector3,1503,500
Public/NGO/Academic sectors1,3501,500
PhD students450500

* To be eligible for the Early Bird rate, please submit your application no later than 4 months before the start date of the course you are applying for.

A small number of partial scholarships are available for:

  • Early career professionals and academics; or
  • Participants who have attended Global Challenges in Transport courses in the past.

Students taking the course may be eligible for a Career Development Loan.

Certification

All participants who complete a Global Challenges in Transport course will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Oxford.

Staying at Kellogg College

Each course is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, Oxford, with all accommodation and meals provided including a welcome lunch on arrival and a 'Formal Networking Dinner' with special guest speakers.

Course accommodation is included in the programme fees (three night's en-suite accommodation, with breakfast). All participants stay in Kellogg College's newly refurbished property at 12 Bradmore Road, Oxford, OX2 6QN. The property backs onto the College Grounds and is part of its Norham Manor site, which is conveniently located close to most Oxford University departments, libraries and the town centre.

Please note: There is strictly no parking available on-site.

All rooms are beautifully finished, are spacious and have en-suite facilities. Linen and bedding is provided, a flat screen television, and coffee and tea making facilities. There is a shared kitchen, as well as a comfortable communal living room where you can relax and spend time with other participants. All meals and refreshments are served in College.

Kellogg College © John Cairns

Image © John Cairns

Kellogg College © David Fisher

Image © David Fisher

Kellogg College © David Fisher

Image © David Fisher

Kellogg College © David Fisher

Image © David Fisher

Alumni Network

All participants who complete a Global Challenges in Transport course become part of our growing and global network of alumni. The programme alumni are encouraged to keep in touch with us and each other, explore opportunities for collaboration, and share news, through:

  • The quarterly Global Challenges in Transport Alumni E-Newsletter;
  • The LinkedIn group for Alumni; and
  • Invited short talks during Global Challenges in Transport courses.

If you are an alumna or alumnus, please contact us to be added to the network.

Why Apply?

Dr Tim Schwanen

"This programme represents a fantastic opportunity for future international leaders with an interest in transport to come together and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing modern societies. Efficient and sustainable transport networks are critical to the success of the global economy, yet managing transport is not just about creating the infrastructure, but also understanding the much bigger context that embeds transport in issues like globalisation, social justice, resource scarcity, and climate change."

Dr Tim Schwanen, Director of Oxford's TSU.