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Climate change is one of the greatest 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 strategies to adapt transport systems and mobilities to a changing climate.

This 4-day residential 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, with a specific focus on their implications for different cultures, population groups and geographies. In addition, it presents the latest research on strategies for climate change adaptation in the field of transport and mobilities.

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

  • Adapting transport systems to climate change;
  • New transport solutions for climate change mitigation;
  • Policies for tackling transport-related air pollution;
  • Changing transport behaviours in the face of climate change.

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.

After attending this course you will be able to:

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

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.

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.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Introduction to course - Dr Jennie Middleton (University of Oxford)
  • Transport, mobilities and Climate Change - Dr Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford)
  • Leadership for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation - Edward Kellow (Kellow Learning)
  • Climate Change adaptation - TBC (University of Oxford)
  • Knowledge, expertise and trust in urban sustainability governance: the case of road vehicle emissions in Europe - Dr James Palmer (University of Bristol)
  • The road to clean air: how Oxford’s transport policy reduced air pollution - Mai Jarvis (Oxford City Council)
  • Attitudes and behaviour in relation to low-carbon transport transitions - Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh

The course also includes a Welcome Lunch, a Networking Dinner, a formal End of the Programme Dinner, a Policy Packaging Exercise and a Problem-Solving Workshop.

Dr Jennie Middleton, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Jennie MiddletonJennie 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.

Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Ersilia VerlinghieriErsilia is a Research Associate in the Transport Studies Unit. She researches resilience and resourcefulness in urban transport and individuals' everyday mobilities. More broadly, her research interests are focused on the conceptualisation of transport and mobility justice and on how transport disadvantaged mobilise capabilities and resources to deal with the mobility crises. Since 2016 she has been the Programme Coordinator for Executive Education in the Transport Studies Unit.

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

Tim SchwanenTim 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.

Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

Edward KellowA qualified trainer, facilitator and accredited executive coach, Edward Kellow has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development. As head of a global sustainability leadership programme, he co-ordinated and delivered training programmes in Europe, Africa, South East Asia, China, North and South America. Edward has worked with business, government, academia, third sector and media organisations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the British Council, UNDP, UNEP and World Vision UK.

Dr James Palmer, University of Bristol

James PalmerJames is a Lecturer in Environmental Governance at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. His research examines the interactions between knowledge, expertise and environmental policy-making, focusing in particular on controversies surrounding bioenergy production, climate geoengineering, and road vehicle emissions. He obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 2013, and was Course Director of the University of Oxford’s MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance between 2015 and 2017.

Mai Jarvis, Oxford City Council

Mai JarvisMai is the Environmental Quality Team Manager at Oxford City Council, managing the team’s work on air quality, land quality, flood protection and biodiversity. Her work on air quality has included the introduction of Oxford’s Low Emission Zone and she is currently leading the city’s plans to introduce a Zero Emission Zone. She regularly presents at conferences across the UK and has provided expert advice to the House of Lords on air quality legislation. Mai holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Biodiversity Conservation and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Copenhagen University.

The 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.

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Various discount options as well as scholarship opportunities are available. Find out more here or contact us: exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk.

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