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Please note: due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic our 2021 residential executive education courses have moved online for 2021.

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Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our times. Transport systems are responsible for a high percentage of global emissions and are a core place to build strategies for climate change mitigation. At the same time, rising temperatures and sea levels will require the adoption of a variety of strategies to adapt transport and mobility systems to a changing climate.

This 4-week online course offers the latest thinking on the links between transport and climate change mitigation and adaptation. It explores different strategies for transitions to low carbon transport systems, looking both at passengers and freight transport, including the role of aviation. It adopts a specific focus on the implications of these different transport systems for different population groups and geographies. In addition, it presents the latest research on strategies for climate change adaptation in the field of transport and mobility.

The core sessions of the course cover key topics for the understanding and development of solutions for transport systems in the face of climate change, including:

  • New transport solutions for climate change mitigation;
  • Adapting transport systems in the face of climate change;
  • Scenarios for low carbon and climate resilient mobility futures;
  • Governing transitions to low carbon and climate resilient transport systems.

At the same time, the course also provides practitioners with innovative perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the links between transport and climate change through insights from various social sciences including geography, anthropology and sociology.

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 professional practice.

Status: CLOSED

Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change

Learning Objectives

  • Examine and reflect on the latest insights on the links between transport and climate change.
  • Explore different theoretical and practical approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in transport and mobility.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • integrate climate change perspectives into understandings of transport policy and practice;
  • recognise the role of transport systems for climate change mitigation;
  • assess the impacts of climate change events on transport and mobility systems;
  • understand the wide range of policies and measures towards low carbon transitions in transport; and
  • understand the wide range of policies and measures for climate change adaptation in transport.

Who should attend?

The Climate Change course is designed for experienced transport professionals and researchers with a minimum of 3 years' experience in the sector and aims to bring together the world's leading experts from academia, policy and practice to address complex transport challenges. The course is intended for those who are looking to expand their knowledge horizons and gain a more in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges and solutions in delivering sustainable transport.

We specifically invite applications from:

  1. Professionals in the transport and mobility consultancy sector in charge of implementing new solutions for transport systems, especially looking at Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.
  2. Individuals with experience in transportation consulting, planning, and related government agencies.
  3. Academics and researchers in transportation planning, civil engineering, economics, planning, and/or urban mobility.

Course Content

This is a new course offered as part of the Global Challenges in Transport Programme. Further details on the course content will be available soon.

Course Schedule

The course will run over 4 weeks and, to facilitate accessibility, will include a mix of both live and pre-recorded sessions, including more than 10 lectures and case studies session, Q&A sessions, panel discussions and a final presentation session. All live session will be held between 12 pm - 2 pm GMT time. If you would like to attend but these times are unsuitable for you, do please contact us at and we will make our best to accommodate your needs.

Our Faculty

Dr Jennie Middleton, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford
Jennie Middleton

Jennie is a Senior Research Fellow in the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford. Prior to this she has held lecturing posts in human geography at Plymouth University and Kingston University. Whilst having a background in urban, social and cultural geography Jennie's research strongly relates to the field of mobilities and transport research. Her current research explores everyday urban mobility, particularly people's mobile experiences on foot, and the implications of this for urban and transport policy.

Prof Tim Schwanen, Director, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford
Tim Schwanen

Tim joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in March 2009 and became Director in September 2015. He has been jointly appointed by TSU and the School of Geography since November 2012. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a lecturer in urban geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. At that university he also completed his PhD thesis (2003, cum laude) and MSc thesis (1999, cum laude). Tim's research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, transport, cultural and political and economic geography. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope and both theoretically oriented and empirical in nature. His key research interests include geographies of mobility; transitions to low-carbon and low-energy living and societies; ageing and well-being. Tim is one of the Deputy Directors of the RCUK-funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018) in which the University of Sussex collaborates with the Universities of Manchester and Oxford.

Scholarship Opportunities

Various discount options as well as scholarship opportunities are available. Find out more about our scholarships or contact us: