Everyday
Life &
Justice

Transport is a means to access jobs, healthcare, education, leisure sites, and relatives and friends. It also offers freedom, generates many different feelings and emotions, and is a space where personal identities and social hierarchies are played out. For these reasons, transport shapes, and is shaped by, social inequalities. Questions of justice and inequity between individuals, social groups and places are at the heart of transport systems and infrastructure development.

Research objectives

  • Understand the implications of long-term transformations in societies, such as population dynamics and changes in norms and values, for everyday travel;
  • Examine how the use and design of transport systems reflect and shape social and economic inequality;
  • Explore the links among use of transport systems, people's identity and norms and expectations regarding travel and social participation;
  • Make active contributions to transport related policies, community actions and other initiatives that redress inequalities and empower disadvantaged groups and communities.

Current Research Projects

View over Accra, Ghana. Image: Stefanie / Adobe Stock

Gendered commuting in Accra, Ghana

Funded by John Fell Fund; 2019 - 2020; Prof Tim Schwanen

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

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

Funded by CREDS, UKRI; 2019 - 2023; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Debbie Hopkins
Changing drivers: Knowing, imagining and shaping autonomous car users

Changing drivers: Knowing, imagining and shaping autonomous car users

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

Brendan Doody
Technologies and tensions in everyday Indian urban mobility

Technologies and tensions in everyday Indian urban mobility

Funded by University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research seed fund; 2020; Dr Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker
Park and Charge

Park and Charge

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

Hannah BudnitzTim SchwanenToon Meelen
V2GO (Vehicle-to-grid Oxford)

V2GO (Vehicle-to-grid Oxford)

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

Brendan DoodyTim SchwanenToon Meelen
PEAK Urban

PEAK Urban

Funded by the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund; 2017-2022; University of Oxford with Peking University; The African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town; The Indian Institute for Human Settlements; Universidad EAFIT; Prof Tim Schwanen, Dr Lucy Baker, Dr Jacob Doherty and Dr Juan-Pablo Orjuela

Lucy BakerTim SchwanenJuan-Pablo OrjuelaJacob Doherty

Recent Research Projects

Experimenting with Mobile Methods for Research with Mobile Freight Workers

Experimenting with Mobile Methods for Research with Mobile Freight Workers

Funded by John Fell Fund; 2018 - 2019; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Debbie Hopkins
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
Gender, Freight and Automation

Gender, Freight and Automation

Funded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; 2017 - 2018; Dr Debbie Hopkins

Debbie Hopkins
International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Countries

International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Countries (INTALInC)

Jointly funded by ESRC and Department for International Development, under the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund; 2017 - 2018; Prof Tim Schwanen

Tim SchwanenDenver NixonErsilia Verlinghieri
The Oxford New Parents Project

The Oxford New Parents Project

Funded by the Wellcome Trust; 2017 - 2018; Dr Jennie Middleton

Farhani SamananiJennie Middleton
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
DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips (DEPICT)

DEsigning and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips (DEPICT)

Funded by the ESRC; 2015-2018; University of Oxford with Utrecht University and University of São Paulo; Prof Tim Schwanen and Dr Denver Nixon

Tim SchwanenDenver Nixon
Everyday Mobilities of Visually Impaired Young People

Everyday Mobilities of Visually Impaired Young People

Funded by the John Fell Fund, University of Oxford; 2014-2018; Dr Jennie Middleton

Jennie Middleton