I joined the Transport Studies Unit as a Research Fellow in Sustainably Urban Mobility in October 2008. I am also based at the Department of Planning and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University where I am a Senior Research Fellow in Mobility and Transport.
My research interests focus around how urban environments can be (re)configured to support and promote sustainable urban mobility and particularly walking and cycling. By 'sustainable urban mobility' I mean ways of moving around built environments that are more democratic, healthier and that minimise environmental impact and that ultimately contribute to cities being better places to live, work and play (i.e. they are more 'liveable'). I am also interested in the concept of mobility more generally and in particular how certain types of mobility (particularly cycling) are given meaning within certain geographical, social and cultural contexts. I try to develop an understanding this phenomenon through novel mixed method approaches to try to reveal the physical, social and cultural factors that influence everyday travel decisions and how this affects journey practice and experience.
My PhD is in urban planning (awarded by Oxford Brookes University, 2008) and focused on the impact of Sustrans' UK National Cycle Network on cycling at the neighbourhood level. Before commencing my PhD at Oxford Brookes I worked for transport consultancy firms on travel demand management and sustainable tourism projects in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland, and also, the national environmental regeneration agency, Groundwork, promoting sustainable practice within communities. My first degree is a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and I also hold an MA in Environmental Management.
I sit on the government's Cycle Stakeholder Forum and was a contributing member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programme development group responsible for issuing public health guidance on promoting walking and cycling. I have also acted as an evaluator on behalf the European Union's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (EU-STEER).
Since October 2008 I have been working with TSU on the on the EPSRC funded iConnect (Impact of COnstructing Non-motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel). This aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to Sustrans' Connect2 project and other physical interventions. I have specific responsibility for conducting interviews and contextual fieldwork at one of the project case study sites; analysis of the social psychological components of a large-scale household survey; and, qualitative research with residents living close to Connect2 schemes.
I am also working on a project called HEAT-C with Dr Christian Brand. This involves reviewing evidence on economic valuation of carbon impacts of cycling and walking and developing a methodology and tool for carbon economic assessment with a view to integrating it with the existing Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT).
At Oxford Brookes I am Principal Investigator on an EPSRC funded study titled PrICELESS Design (Promoting Independent Cycling for Enhancing Later Life Experience and Social Synergy through Design. This three year project (October 2013- September 2016) aims to develop a better understanding of how design of the built environment and technology shapes older peoples engagement with, and experience of cycling, and how this affects their independent mobility, health and wellbeing. I am also currently undertaking an international visit/collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and University of Groningen investigating electric bicycle use as part of the Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad (SAR) programme.
In the recent past I was Co-Investigator on the EPSRC funded Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC) project (October 2008 - September 2011) which aimed to develop a better understanding of the complex ways in which households and individuals make everyday travel decisions about short trips in urban areas. I was also a Co-Investigator on Independent Mobility as a Critical Aspect of Children's Development and Quality of Life with the Policy Studies Institute (September 2009 - March 2012) updating the pivotal study One False Move (Hillman, Adams & Whitelegg 1990).
- UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Promoting Independent Cycling for Enhancing Later Life Experience and Social Synergy through Design (PrICELESS Design) (Role: Principal Investigator. Award total: £1.5M. Duration: October 2013-September 2016).
- UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Understanding Walking and Cycling (Role: Co-Investigator. Award total: £1.2M. Duration: October 2008-September 2011).
- Policy Studies Institute, London. Children's independent mobility: a comparative study in England and Germany (1971-2010). (Role: Contracted Co-Investigator. Award total: £10K. Duration: September 2009 - March 2012.
- Sustrans UK. Parental Attitudes Towards Child Cycling Mobility for the Journey to School. (Role: Principal Investigator. Award total: £10K. Duration: 6 months, 2007).
- Groundwork UK. Evaluation of Local Sustainable Transport Projects in South East England. (Role: Principal Investigator. Award total: £10K Duration: October 2006 - September 2007).
- Oxford Brookes University. Brookes Bus User Survey 2005. (Role: Principal Investigator. Award total: undisclosed. Duration. 6 months).
- Oxford County Council. Oxford Park and Ride Study 2004. (Role: Co-Investigator. Award total: £12K. Duration: 6 months).
At TSU I contribute to the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development transport and sustainability module. I also co-supervise two DPhil students: Lucy Mahoney (Investigating the changes and effects in travel behaviour in response to physical interventions for walking and cycling) and Andre Neves (Evaluating change in travel and carbon following implementation of physical infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists: a case study of Cardiff Connect2). At Oxford Brookes I am an associate lecturer in the Department of Planning where I lead the 'International Transport Planning: Policy and Practice' module and contribute to other modules as part of the urban planning and urban design programmes as well as supervising PhD and Masters students.
I have conducted talks and hosted workshops on urban mobility at national seminars and for local groups and schools. I am happy to be contacted directly to consider how I could develop opportunities for knowledge exchange with your organisation.
- Pooley, C., Jones, T., Tight, M., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Mullen, C., Jopson, A. and Strano, E. (eds.) (forthcoming) Promoting Walking and Cycling: New perspectives on sustainable travel. The Policy Press, Bristol. pp. 320. ISBN: 9781447310082.
- Jones, T., Chisholm, A., Horton, D., Jopson, A., Mullen, C., Pooley, C., Scheldeman, G., Strano, E. and Tight, M. (forthcoming) The role of street network connectivity and access to everyday facilities in shaping everyday walking and cycling in English cities. In, Gerike, R., Hülsmann, F. and Roller, R. (eds.) Strategies for Sustainable Mobilities: Opportunities and challenges. Ashgate, Farnham. 234 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-5489-2.
- Pooley, C.G., Horton, D., Scheldeman, D., Tight, M., Harwatt, H., Jopson, A., Jones, T., Chisholm, A. and Mullen, M. (2012) The role of walking and cycling in reducing the impacts of climate change. Chapter 7 in, Ryley, T. and Chapman, L. (eds.) Transport and Climate Change. Emerald, Bingley. pp. 175-195. ISBN: 9781780524405.
- Parkin, J., Ryley, T. and Jones, T. (2007) Barriers to cycling: an exploration of quantitative analyses. Chapter 3 in, Horton, D., Rosen, P. and Cox, P. (eds.) Cycling and Society. Ashgate. pp. 67-82. ISBN: 978-0-7546-4844-4.
Papers and Articles
- Jones, T. (2013) Book Review: Cycling and Sustainability Edited by John Parkin. (2012). Transport Reviews, 33(2): 240-242.
- Jones, T. (2013) Book Review: Routes, Roads and Landscapes, Hvattum, M., Brenna, B., Elvebakk, B. and Larsen, J. (Eds). Ashgate, Surrey (2011). £65.00, ISBN: 978-1-4094-0820-8 (hbk). Journal of Transport Geography, 26: 178-179.
- Jones, T. and Novo de Azevedo, L. (2013) Economic, social and cultural transformation and the role of the bicycle in Brazil. Journal of Transport Geography.
- Pooley, C., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Mullen, C., Jones, T., Tight, M., Jopson, A. and Chisholm, A. (2013) Policies for promoting walking and cycling in England: a view from the street. Transport Policy, 27: 66-72.
- Jones, T. (2012) Getting the British back on bicycles? - The effects of urban traffic-free paths on everyday cycling. Transport Policy, 20: 138-149.
- Jones, T., Pooley, C.G., Scheldeman, G., Horton, D., Tight, M., Mullen, C., Jopson, A. and Whiteing, A. (2012) Moving around the city: discourses on walking and cycling in English urban areas. Environment and Planning A, 44(6): 1407-1424.
- Ogilvie, D., Bull, F., Cooper, A., Rutter, H., Adams, E., Brand, C., Ghali, K., Jones, T., Mutrie, N., Powell, J., Preston, J., Sahlqvist, S. and Song, Y. (2012) Evaluating the travel, physical activity and carbon impacts of a 'natural experiment' in the provision of new walking and cycling infrastructure: methods for the core module of the iConnect study. BMJ Open, 2012(2). e000694.
- Jones, T. (2011) Book Review: The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled. Transport Reviews, 31(3): 419-420.
- Pooley, C.G., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Tight, M., Jones, T., Chisholm, A., Harwatt, H. and Jopson, A. (2011) Household decision-making for everyday travel: a case study of walking and cycling in Lancaster (UK). Journal of Transport Geography, 19(6): 1601-1607.
- Jones, T. (2009) Book review: After The Car, Dennis K. and Urry J. Polity Press, Cambridge (2009). pp180. ISBN-978-0-7456-4422-6. Journal of Transport Geography, 17(6): 512-513.
- Shaw, B., Watson, B., Frauendienst, B., Redecker, A., Jones, T. and Hillman, M. (2013) Children’s independent mobility: a comparative study in England and Germany (1971-2010). Policy Studies Institute, London.
- Pooley, C., Tight, M., Jones, T., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Jopson, A., Mullen, C., Chisholm, A., Strano, E. and Constantine, S. (2011) Understanding Walking and Cycling: summary of key findings and recommendations. Lancaster University.
- Jones, T. (2007) Parental Attitudes Towards Child Cycling Mobility for the Journey to School. SUSTRANS UK.
- Jones, T. (2005) Oxford Brookes University Brookes Bus User Survey. Oxford Brookes University.
- Jones, T. and Headicar, P. (2004) Oxford Park and Ride User Survey. Oxford City Council.
- Headicar, P. and Jones, T. (2002) The Treatment of Rural Issues in Local Transport Plans. The Countryside Agency.
- Jones, T. 'Household Decision Making for Everyday Travel: The case of cycling', Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability, 2 July 2013, University of the West of England.
- Jones, T. 'The Challenges of Understanding Walking and Cycling in English Cities', Making Mixed Methods Work in Transport Research Workshop, organised by EPSRC Disruption project and Travel Behaviours Network, 20 June 2013, Leeds.
- Jones, T. and Novo de Azevedo, L. 'Economic, social and cultural transformation and the role of the bicycle in Brazil', 9th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, 3-4th September 2012, University of East London.
- Jones, T., Bird, E., Baker, G. Mutrie, N. & Ogilvie, D. 'The application of an extended theory of planned behaviour to understand cycling intentions: The UK iConnect study', 5th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology. August 29-31st 2012, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
- Jones, T. 'Moving around the city: the future role of walking and cycling', Future Urban Mobility Seminar Series. 15th November 2011, Oxford Brookes University.
- Jones, T. 'Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and Cycling. Approach to measuring built environment - analysis and conclusions', Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.
- Jones, T. 'Mobile Interviews Cycling: the experience of walking and cycling in British urban areas', Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling final conferences, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.
- Jones, T., et al. 'Understanding Everyday Walking and Cycling in Cities: Identities, Practices, Experiences and Visions', 27th Annual Q Methodology Conference 7th - 9th September, University of Birmingham.
- Jones, T. 'Understanding everyday cycling in cities: identities, practices, experiences and visions', 8th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium , 5th September 2011, Glasgow School of Art.
- Pooley, C., Jones, T., et al. 'Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC): Key results and policy implications', RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.
- Jones, T. Strano, E. & Jopson, A. 'Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and Cycling', RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.
- Jones, T. 'Analysis of Social Psychological Measures for the iConnect Baseline Survey', iConnect National Seminar, 14th July 2011, Girton College, University of Cambridge.
- Jones, T. & Strano, E. 'The contribution of urban form in encouraging everyday walking and cycling in English cities', Mobil-TUM Conference, Making Sustainable Mobilities - Interdisciplinary Perspectives, April 7th - 8th 2011, Munich.
- Shaw, B., Watson, B. & Jones, T. 'A poverty of mobility? Children's Independent Mobility in England and Germany 2010 compared with 1990 and 1971', Child in the City 5th International Conference. 27th - 29th October 2010, Florence.
- Pooley, C., Jones, T. et al. 'Can increased walking and cycling really contribute to the reduction of transport-related carbon emissions?', Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 1st - 3rd September 2010, London.
- Jones, T., Pooley, C., Chisholm, A., Horton, D. & Scheldeman, G. 'Understanding Walking and Cycling: Interim Findings from a Multi-Method Approach to Investigate Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas', World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.
- Jones, T. 'Effects of Urban Traffic-free Paths on Everyday Cycling', World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.
- Jones, T. (2009). 'The Role of Urban Traffic-Free Paths in Getting People on Bicycles', Sustainable Transitions, Culture and Values, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. 26th - 28th August 2009, Manchester.
- Jones, T. (2009). 'Understanding Walking and Cycling: A Multi-Method Approach to Investigating Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas', Paper presented at Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, University of Bolton, 7th September 2009.
- Jones, T. (2003) 'From Mud to Macadam - The impact of recreational cycling on utility cycling in the UK', Velo-City International Conference, September 2003, Paris.