Overview

Work in this research theme is concerned with reduced energy consumption, behavioural change and socio-technical transitions towards low-carbon, energy efficient transport systems.

Energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution across all modes of passenger and freight transport are considered. The research focuses on cities across the UK, Europe and other regions of the global North, and the global South. It is informed by theories from geography, economics innovation studies and engineering. We develop and deploy quantitative methods such as simulation and optimisation tools and qualitative methods such as scenario development and in-depth interview analysis. A key objective is to generate knowledge and learning that is relevant to policy, practice and enterprise.

Research in this theme aims to:
  • Explore the nexus of travel demand, energy use and carbon emissions at the individual, household and local levels;
  • Examine the emergence and development of innovations that are expected to reduce energy consumption in passenger and freight transport;
  • Explore different long-term futures for low-carbon and resilient transport systems;
  • Make a practical contribution to policy making in the transport and energy domains.

Core strands of work include:

  • Cities and low-carbon mobility: Research evaluates the role that cities can play in sustainability transitions in personal mobility through transport and urban planning and as testbeds for innovations and experimentation.
  • Innovation in freight transport: Research considers the uptake and environmental impact of innovations in urban and inter-city freight transport such as automated vehicle technology and new approaches to delivery and logistics.
  • Integrated transport, physical activity and carbon impact assessment: Research assesses the effects of policies and interventions to improve health and wellbeing on greenhouse gas emissions, and vice versa.

Current Research Projects

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Go Ultra Low Oxford (GULO) - Monitoring and Evaluation Study

Funded by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicle (OLEV); 2017 - 2019; Dr Brendan Doody

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TEMPEST (Transforming household mobility practices through shared consumption: Low-carbon transport and sustainable energy solutions in urban areas)

Funded by Research Council of Norway: Forskerprosjekt - ENERGIX (Project Number: 255430); 2017-2019; Dr Brendan Doody

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UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Phase III - Decision Making Theme, Energy and Transport topic

Funded by UKERC phase 3 Flexible Research Fund; 2014; University of Oxford with University of Leeds; Dr Christian Brand

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Accelerating decreases in van carbon emissions (adVANce)

Funded by the EPSRC via the UKERC phase 3 Flexible Research Fund; 2016-2018; University of Oxford with University of Leeds; Dr Christian Brand

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Maximising Home Delivery

Funded by the EPSRC; 2016-2017; University of Oxford with University of Cambridge, Heriot Watt University, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco; Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Christian Brand

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Climate Change and Everyday Mobility (CLIMAMOB)

Funded by the Research Council of Norway; 2015-2018; University of Oxford with Transport Economics Institute (Oslo), Norwegian Metrological Office and University of Utrecht; Prof David Banister

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Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport

Funded by the British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links: 2015; 2015-2017; University of Oxford with University College London, De La Salle University, Manila, and Clean Air Asia, Manila; Prof David Banister, Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Anna Plyushteva

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Renewable Energy Projects: Local Impacts and Sustainability (RELEASE)

Renewable Energy Projects: Local Impacts and Sustainability (RELEASE)

Funded by Research Council of Norway; 2014-2017; University of Oxford with multiple research partners; Prof David Banister

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URBANEFF

URBANEFF: Investigating three complex issues regarding effects of land use and transport systems developments on traffic volumes and GHG emissions

Funded by Institute of Transport Economics, Norwegian Centre for Transport Research; 2014-2017; Norwegian Centre for Transport Research, University of Oxford, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Aalborg University (Denmark) and Tampere University of Technology (Finland); Prof David Banister

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CIED

Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Funded by the Financial support from the EPSRC's End User Energy Demand Programme; 2013-2018; University of Oxford with SPRU, University of Sussex, and the Business School at the University of Manchester; Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Debbie Hopkins

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PASTA

Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA)

Funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme; 2013-2017; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) with multiple research partners; Dr Christian Brand

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SUSTAIN: National Transport Planning - Sustainability, institutions and tools

SUSTAIN: National Transport Planning - Sustainability, institutions and tools

Funded by Danish Council for Strategic Research (DSF); 2012-2016; Technical University of Denmark with University of Oxford and multiple research partners; Prof David Banister

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Recent Research Projects

TRANSFORuM

TRANSFORuM: Transport 2050

Funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme; 2013-2015; Prof David Banister and Dr Karen Anderton in collaboration with 11 partners

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Future Roadmaps of Transportation Energy and Technology

Future Roadmaps of Transportation Energy and Technology

Funded by the Korea Institute of Energy Research; 2013-2015; University of Oxford and the Korea Institute of Energy Research; Dr Christian Brand

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UKERC

UK Energy Research Centre: Energy Demand Theme

The TSU participates in this research theme funded by NERC; 2004-2014; Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, with sectoral input from University of Bath, University College London and University of Aberdeen; Dr Nick Eyre and Dr Christian Brand

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Past Research Projects