Overview

Work in this research theme is concerned with planning, policy and governance with regard to transport.

Governance, policy-making and planning are the key means by which interventions in the transport system take place. The specific effects of transport policies are transferred into indicators, which can be dealt with by economic and political analysis. It is therefore important to assess the extent to which policy-making and governance in transport reflect the mobility needs of societies and its broader implications for the economy. Using a variety of methods and insights from geography, political science, policy studies, economics and innovation studies, this research theme explores the institutional, governance and planning aspects of transport and the ways in which these shape the economy.

Using a variety of methods and insights from political economy, planning and socio-technical transitions theory amongst others, this research theme explores the institutional, governance and planning aspects of transport and the ways in which these shape the economy.

Research in this theme aims to:
  • Explore the nexus of transport, economic development and sustainable development and understand how this nexus is structured by political contexts;
  • Understand the institutional domains, in which transport policy and planning take place, and suggest methodologies for effective transport decision-making with respect to policy and planning; and
  • Make a practical contribution to transport policy-making, particularly at the level of cities and urban areas.

Core strands of work include:

  • Economic and social effects of transport policy: Research concerns the relationship between infrastructure expansion and economic development and considers the equity and justice dimensions of planning.
  • Resilience and vulnerability of mobility: Research explores how planning can reduce the vulnerability and increase the resilience of mobility systems and practices when confronted by extreme events and longer-term pressures.
  • Governance of low-carbon mobility: Research asks which governance approaches and methods, including participatory decision making and stakeholder engagement, are most appropriate for policies to reduce emissions from transport.

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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Changing commuting in large urban areas - identifying acceptable and effective measures (COMMUTE)

Funded by The Research Council of Norway; 2016 - 2019; Dr Tim Schwanen

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The Governance of Transitions in Urban Mobility: The Case of Uber in London

Funded by Rees Jeffreys Road Fund; 2016 - 2017; Dr Geoff Dudley

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Bus Rapid Transit: Evaluating the wider economic impacts for urban growth

Bus Rapid Transit: Evaluating the wider economic impacts for urban growth

Funded by John Fell Oxford University Press (OUP) Research Fund; 2016-2017; Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Fiona Ferbrache

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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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BACK-SCENE: Backcasting scenarios as collaborative learning process: involving stakeholders in transport climate policy

BACK-SCENE: Backcasting scenarios as collaborative learning process: involving stakeholders in transport climate policy

Funded by European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (COFUND - Grant Agreement no. 291780) and the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Junta de Andalucía (Spain); 2015-2017; University of Oxford with University of Granada, Spain; Prof David Banister and Dr Julio A. Soria-Lara

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Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport

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, Dr Nihan Akyelken and Dr Karen Anderton

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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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The Drive for Sustainable European Road Transport

The Drive for Sustainable European Road Transport: Science, evidence, politics and power

Funded by John Fell Fund University of Oxford; 2013-2016; Dr James Palmer

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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

The Politics of Decision-Making in Large Infrastructure Projects: The case of High Speed Rail 2

The Politics of Decision-Making in Large Infrastructure Projects: The case of High Speed Rail 2

Funded by Rees Jeffreys Road Fund; 2014-2015; Prof David Banister

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SPREE

Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy (SPREE)

Funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme; 2012-2015; Prof David Banister, Dr Nihan Akyelken and Dr Karen Anderton in collaboration with 10 partners.

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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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Research and Development of the European Transport Network Model - TRANSTOOLS version 3

Research and Development of the European Transport Network Model - TRANSTOOLS version 3

Funded by European Union's Seventh Framework Programme; 2011-2014; University of Oxford with multiple research partners; Prof David Banister

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