Coronavirus COVID-19 information:

Unfortunately, our 2020 courses have been cancelled. In substitution, a new online course will be launched shortly. We are still planning for all our 2021 courses to be held in Oxford to go ahead. However, in light of coronavirus (COVID-19) we will not require successful applicants to pay the course fees until the situation becomes clearer and would advise them not to commit to other related expenses (i.e. travel). We aim to confirm and re-confirm the 2021 courses by the end of July 2020. It is possible that courses may need to be postponed, but we will continue to monitor events and follow UK Government guidance. We will also be providing successful applicants with the option to defer their enrolment to later courses should they prefer to do so. Please contact: for any queries in relation to this.

The Programme

The Global Challenges in Transport 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

The programme comprises four courses aimed at encouraging participants to share knowledge, think critically, and generate ideas within the transport policy/ planning arena to address the complex challenges of sustainable transport futures. Specifically, they focus on four core challenges:

Global Challenges in Transport: Smart Technologies

Electric vehicle charging point

What do the current rapid changes in technology mean for the future of people’s mobilities and everyday lives?

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Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change

Flooded landscape

How can transport policy and planning support the technological, behavioural and institutional transformation necessary to adapt and tackle climate change?

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Global Challenges in Transport: Infrastructures

Street with tram

What is the role and potential of transport infrastructure in supporting a transition to more sustainable transport futures?

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Global Challenges in Transport: Health and Wellbeing

Bicycles in China

What are the current and potential impacts of transport on health, wellbeing and social equity?

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Upcoming Courses

Climate Change

23-26 June 2020


8-11 Sept 2020

Health and Wellbeing

8-11 Dec 2020

Smart Technologies

2021 dates to be confirmed


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 by emailing for the non-residential rate.

The following fees per course apply in 2020:

Private sectorPublic/NGO/Academic sectors
(Early bird £4,050*)
(Early bird £2,250*)

If you book more than two months ahead of your course's start date, you will be eligible for our 10% Early Bird discount*.

Every time you or your organisation books more than one place on the Global Challenges in Transport programme, a 10% multiple bookings discount will be deducted from each subsequent course fee*.

If you work in and are a national of a country that receives official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) you may be eligible for our 25% DAC OECD discount*.

Further discounts and scholarships may also be available for specific courses.

* Please note that only one discount can be applied per course fee.

Global Challenges in Transport 2020 Diversity Scholarship

The Transport Studies Unit is strongly committed to delivering an education programme that facilitates knowledge exchange and dialogue amongst a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from different countries and backgrounds. In a world in which transport planning is often a white-male dominated sector, our Diversity Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for under-represented voices to participate in our Global Challenges in Transport Leadership Programme.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees and accommodation, plus visa and travel expenses up to £500, enabling beneficiaries to attend one of our courses in 2020.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • be a national of (and currently working/researching in) a country that receives official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
  • have fluency in the English language; and
  • be able to show strong evidence of work/research experience in the transport policy/planning sector in line with the specific theme/content of the course for which they are applying.

Awards are based on:

  • financial need,
  • excellence in the field,
  • demonstrable benefits for the applicant in attending the course, and
  • commitment to work and develop a career in sustainable transport.

Each application will be assessed in line with these specific criteria. The application deadline for a scholarship is 8 weeks before the start date of each course.

To apply, please complete the online application form including the 'Diversity Scholarship' section.

PhD Scholarships

We have a limited number of places reserved for national and international PhD students for each course. The scholarship allows students to attend for a reduced fee of £750.

To apply, please complete the online application form including the section 'Discounted Places for PhD Students'. The application deadline for a scholarship is 6 weeks before the start date of each course.


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

On completion of any of our Global Challenges in Transport courses, participants are eligible to join the Global Challenges in Transport Alumni Network.

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 one of our alumni, please contact us to be added to the network.

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 nights en-suite accommodation, with breakfast). Participants stay in Kellogg College's newly-refurbished property at 12 Bradmore Road, Oxford, OX2 6QN. (In some cases of high demand, rooms at Kellogg's Bradmore Road property may not be available for all participants - in these cases, participants will be accommodated in nearby hotels or colleges of the same high standard.)

The Bradmore Road property backs onto Kellogg College's grounds and is part of its Norham Manor site, which is conveniently located close to most Oxford University departments, libraries and the town centre. 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.

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

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

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.