The Global Challenges in Transport 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 mid-career and senior professionals, as well as academic researchers. The expertise of our speakers is global, spanning both research and 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.

Our four courses, which focus on four core challenges, 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.


[Global Challenges in Transport: Oxford Leadership Programme]

Professor Tim Schwanen, Director, TSU: "The transport sector is such a dynamic sector, so much is happening, so many grand challenges we're facing, we really need new, diverse leaders all around the planet."

Helen Morrissey, DPhil Student, TSU: "I think it's difficult to pay attention to things if no one's brought your attention to them. And I think once you realise what you've missed you are often able to look for other things you might have missed."

Dr Juan Pablo Orjuela, Executive Education Programme Director, TSU: "The Global Challenges in Transport courses are an exciting opportunity for transport professionals to broaden their knowledge on transport practice, and transport policy, and transport theory and reflect critically about their own work. At the same time, they engage with an international cohort of other transport professionals. We have people from Latin America, from Asia, from Africa, from Europe, and when they all interact together is when the course really comes to life."

TS: "It helps people to see the problems they deal with on an everyday basis in a different way. You do that with global experts in the field, but also with participants from other parts of the world with very diverse experiences. And you see that there are many different ways in which a particular issue is taken up and can be approached and can be addressed."

Gaurav Dubey, DPhil Student, TSU: "There are pre-recorded videos which lay a foundation for the core module or the core concepts."

JP: "We then use those videos to have an entire session of conversations between the participants that bring their own experiences and the lecturers that put into context how these problems can be assessed, evaluated, resolved in different ways."

HM: "We keep up to date, we stay with the state of the art. Each course is designed with previous courses courses in mind. This is a living, breathing kind of approach to the programme."

TS: "We bring together people with a background in Engineering, in Policy Studies, in Geography and Sociology, and Anthropology. But what really holds this programme together is the willingness to look beyond the confines of your own discipline."

GD: "It's important to understand how wider social sciences shape our understanding of transportation and how transportation impacts societies."

HM: "These things are challenging. It's really difficult to engage with complexity when you're trying to make decisions and people are complex."

TS: "Building things and putting in place new technologies is very important. But if you really want things to work, you will have to look at the politics. The social sciences are really good at articulating questions of culture, of politics, of policy. And that's why it is so important that they take a central position within this programme."

JP: "The experience of having an online course is sometimes very passive while our courses try to make their interaction very, very active. We have multiple virtual learning environments, we have online chats, we have a big virtual whiteboard in which we take notes and we start constructing the course as we go along. We value the knowledge that they are bringing."

Rajaa Bennaoui, Program Officer, The Hague Academy for Local Governance: "I cannot take a few weeks off from my work so the online format is actually really quite attractive. It gives you so much knowledge that you can transfer back into your work. The course really helps me, also, to find a lot of experts within the transport sector that I can link to beneficiaries I work with at the local level in the Global South. It gave me the impression that there is so much more knowledge to be discovered."

JP: "The whole experience of co-producing this knowledge is life changing. They are part of an international network that allows them to be more competitive in the global market and a network of friends."

HM: "People have said, 'I've never thought about this like this before'. 'I've always focused on this and never considered these other aspects or these other people.' It's about getting perspective, right?"

JP: "We are constructing an understanding of transport that prepares us for the future."

TS: "Build up your own expertise, your own skills, and become a really full-rounded professional who is able to become that leader that we really need."


Our Courses

Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change

Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change

The Global Challenges in Transport - Climate Change online course gives transport professionals from around the world a unique opportunity to think about how current mobility systems interact with a changing climate.

Upcoming dates: 21 February - 31 March 2023

Format: Online

Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change course.

Fees

Online Courses

Course fees cover full access to main course content for 12 weeks, syllabus, reading material, pre-recorded lectures, live Q&A sessions and tutorials, panel discussions, discussion forum, and group case study with final panel discussion.

Private sectorPublic/NGO/Academic sectors
£2,500£1,500

Discounts

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 30% DAC OECD discount*

If you have already attended one of our residential or online courses, you will be eligible for our 15% Alumni discount to attend the online course.

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 Diversity Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are now open for Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change (Feb 2023).

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 course costs of our online course.

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 Diversity Scholarship is 31 January 2023.

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 the online course for £300.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • be a PhD candidate in a recognised University institution in any country;
  • have fluency in the English language; and
  • be able to show 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,
  • relevance to research project and excellence in the field,
  • demonstrable benefits for the applicant in attending the course, and
  • commitment to work and develop a career in sustainable transport.

To apply, please complete the online application form including the section 'Discounted Places for PhD Students'. The application deadline for a PhD Scholarship is 31 January 2023.


Certification

All participants who complete a Global Challenges in Transport course will receive a certificate of successful completion of the course 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

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Kellogg College © David Fisher

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Kellogg College © David Fisher

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Kellogg College © David Fisher

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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."

Prof Tim Schwanen, Director of Oxford's TSU.