The Programme

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

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

During the courses 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

Whether you take one or several courses, this programme will offer you an opportunity to extend your expertise and revolutionise the way you think about the global challenges facing the transport sector.

Infrastructure, Development and Finance (4-7 September 2018)

Infrastructure, Development and Finance

The planning, management and appraisal of transport infrastructure plays a critical role in economic development. This course introduces a range of approaches to thinking about transport investments, from megaprojects to small-scale infrastructure developments. More specifically it considers the role of different stakeholders and the tools and techniques for transport investments and appraisals.

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Find out more on the SBS website

Health, Wellbeing and Transport (4-7 December 2018)

Cycling London. © Andre Neves.

Increasingly, concerns about health outcomes in a range of contexts are linked to transport and mobility issues. This course considers health, wellbeing and social equity across spatial scales, geographical contexts and transport modes. It specifically concentrates on the relationships between urban form and design, mobility practices, and physical and mental well-being. Particular emphasis will be placed on the potential contribution of walking, cycling and public transport services to healthy cities.

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Smart Technologies and Changing Behaviours (12-15 March 2019)

Oxford bus. © Andre Neves.

Globally, transport is undergoing important changes in technology and user behaviour. This course offers the latest thinking on how such changes can be understood, and what their interactions mean for the future of transport demand. It 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.

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Governing Transitions in Urban Transport (25-28 June 2019)

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.

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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, 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 studentsN.A.500

* 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.


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

Everyone who completes a Global Challenges in Transport course will become part of our growing global network of alumni. From TSU events to online communications, we create spaces for participants to stay in touch with us and each other, and to continue exploring opportunities for collaboration. Alumni have access to:

  • 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?

"Each of our courses offers a fantastic opportunity for professionals interested in transport to tap into the expertise of a world-class research centre. The programme incorporates lectures delivered by leading experts, interactive workshops, and hands-on demonstrations. Participants can expect to learn new approaches for thinking about the major challenges in transport and mobility today, build their professional networks, and develop new skills."

Dr Tim Schwanen, Director of Oxford's TSU.