Dr Labib Azzouz
  • Postdoctoral Fellow

About

Labib is a postdoctoral fellow in everyday life & justice. He joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), the University of Oxford in December 2020. Originally, Labib is an architect. In 2014, he won the Chevening scholarship and came to the UK, where he did his MSc Transport Planning at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Later in 2015, the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham offered him a PhD scholarship and since then, he started to develop a strong interest in high-speed railways (HSRs) systems and topics related to their social, economic, and environmental sustainability. During his PhD, Labib worked closely with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and was involved in a variety of academic activities including teaching, exams preparation, and presentations in both BCRRE and Singapore.

Current Research

Labib will be working with Professor Tim Schwanen and his project will be looking at the relationship between HSR and the social exclusion categories. The project will be exploring reasons and obstacles that prevent and/or hinder different groups' accessibility to HSR systems and will suggest viable and case-specific solutions and interventions.

Reasons that prevent people from using HSR services are usually categorized under the seven social exclusion categories; economic; geographical; physical; time-based; fear-based; space and management; and finally, facility exclusion. Each category comprises a wide range of potential obstacles and barriers.

Research Interests

Labib is interested in the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of high-speed railways. His research interests are centred around the following themes:

  1. HSRs and Social sustainability: looking at potential social impacts related to investing in and deploying HSRs plus reasons that prohibit different groups from using the system.
  2. Sustainability Reporting: because what is well measured is well managed, Labib's PhD project focused on the sustainability reporting practices of different HSR operators around the world. The project revealed significant sustainability reporting variations and suggested a unified sustainability reporting framework.
  3. Sustainability Benchmarking: benchmarking HSR systems against each other and other transportation modes can; derive huge benefits and savings through revealing and learning from best practices; influence evidence-based policies; support decision-making processes; reveal weaknesses; and, spread success lessons. Labib is also interested in sustainability reporting and benchmarking indicators (KPIs) and projects like the EcoMobility Shift plus other sustainable transport rating systems like STARS.
  4. Sustainable Transpiration Policies: advocating a smooth and gradual transition from a car-oriented society and business-as-usual planning to the sustainable transportation paradigm.

Teaching

Labib participated in teaching, exam preparation, and marking in the following courses and programs:

  • The Primer course at the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE), Birmingham, UK.
  • The Higher Education Diploma at the National College for High-Speed Rail (NCHSR), Birmingham, UK.
  • The Urban Railway Engineering International Program at (SMRT) Institute, Singapore.
  • The Birmingham Project at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
  • The Sprint Forward Project at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Publications

Journal Articles