Energy,
Climate &
Environment

Climate change is the greatest existential challenge of our time. As one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, transport is a crucial factor to consider. The TSU's research has shown that technological fixes such as electric vehicles will not solve the climate emissions conundrum on their own; more deep and meaningful change is required to the ways in which we live and move.

Research objectives

  • Explore the nexus of travel demand, energy use, air quality and carbon emissions at the individual, household, city and national levels;
  • Examine the emergence and development of innovations that are expected to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions in passenger and freight transport;
  • Understand how transport systems and practices can be made more resilient to climate change;
  • Explore different long-term futures for low-carbon and resilient transport systems;
  • Develop and apply multi-scale decision support systems and modelling tools;
  • Make a practical contribution to policy making in the transport, climate, air quality and energy domains.

Current Research Projects

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Academic flying: necessity, motivation and reduction

Funded by Green Travel Fund (University of Oxford); 2020; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Noah Birksted-BreenDebbie Hopkins
Image: David.Sch / AdobeStock

UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4

Funded by UKRI Energy Programme; 2019 - 2024; Dr Christian Brand

James DixonChristian Brand
Global and Local Health Impact Assessment of Transport (GLASST)

Global and Local Health Impact Assessment of Transport (GLASST): methods for prioritising model development

Funded by EU Horizon 2020; 2019 - 2024; Dr Christian Brand

Christian Brand
Fuel and Transport Poverty in the UK's Energy Transition (FAIR)

Fuel and Transport Poverty in the UK's Energy Transition (FAIR)

Funded by EPSRC; 2019 - 2023; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Debbie Hopkins
CREDS: Modelling flexibility of transport-energy systems over time, mode & place

Modelling flexibility of transport-energy systems over time, mode & place (CREDS Project 2.2.2)

Funded by EPSRC; 2019 - 2022; Dr Christian Brand

Christian Brand
Changing drivers project

Changing drivers: Knowing, imagining and shaping autonomous car users

Funded by British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship; 2019 - 2021; Dr Brendan Doody

Brendan Doody
Park and Charge

Park and Charge

Funded by Innovate UK; 2019 - 2021; Prof Tim Schwanen

Hannah BudnitzTim SchwanenToon Meelen
CREDS: Expectations for automated vehicles

Expectations for automated vehicles

Funded by EPSRC; 2019 - 2020; Prof Tim Schwanen

Debbie HopkinsTim SchwanenChristian Brand
Experiences of and responses to urban flooding in Kisumu, Kenya

Experiences of and responses to urban flooding in Kisumu, Kenya

Funded by Global Challenges Research Fund Oxford; 2019 - 2020; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Tim SchwanenDebbie HopkinsJacob Doherty
V2GO (Vehicle-to-grid Oxford)

V2GO (Vehicle-to-grid Oxford)

Funded by Innovate UK; 2018 - 2021; Prof Tim Schwanen

Brendan DoodyTim SchwanenToon Meelen

Recent Research Projects

Accelerating decreases in van carbon emissions (adVANce)

Accelerating decreases in van carbon emissions (adVANce)

Funded by the EPSRC via the UKERC phase 3 Flexible Research Fund; 2016-2019; University of Oxford with University of Leeds; Dr Christian Brand

Christian Brand
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Phase III - Decision Making Theme, Energy and Transport topic

UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) Phase III - Decision Making Theme, Energy and Transport topic

Funded by UKERC phase 3 Flexible Research Fund; 2014-2019; University of Oxford with University of Leeds; Dr Christian Brand

Christian Brand
UK Energy Research Centre, Energy Demand Theme

UK Energy Research Centre: Energy Demand Theme

The TSU participates in this research theme funded by NERC; 2004-2019; Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, with sectoral input from University of Bath, University College London and University of Aberdeen; Dr Nick Eyre and Dr Christian Brand

Christian BrandNick Eyre
Go Ultra Low Oxford (GULO) - Monitoring and Evaluation Study

Go Ultra Low Oxford (GULO) - Monitoring and Evaluation Study

Funded by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicle (OLEV); 2017 - 2019; Dr Brendan Doody

Tim SchwanenBrendan DoodySam Hampton
TEMPEST

TEMPEST (Transforming household mobility practices through shared consumption: Low-carbon transport and sustainable energy solutions in urban areas)

Funded by Research Council of Norway: Forskerprosjekt - ENERGIX (Project Number: 255430); 2017-2019; Dr Brendan Doody

Tim SchwanenBrendan Doody
Climate Change and Everyday Mobility (CLIMAMOB)

Climate Change and Everyday Mobility (CLIMAMOB)

Funded by the Research Council of Norway; 2015-2019; University of Oxford with Transport Economics Institute (Oslo), Norwegian Metrological Office and University of Utrecht; Prof David Banister

David Banister
Maximising Home Delivery

Maximising Home Delivery

Funded by the EPSRC; 2016-2018; University of Oxford with University of Cambridge, Heriot Watt University, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco; Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Christian Brand

Tim SchwanenChristian Brand
Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Funded by the Financial support from the EPSRC's End User Energy Demand Programme; 2013-2018; University of Oxford with SPRU, University of Sussex, and the Business School at the University of Manchester; Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Debbie Hopkins

Tim SchwanenDebbie Hopkins