Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Research Seminar Series

Our seminar series is a programme of free events for anyone interested in the latest transport research. Presented by members of the Institute and guest speakers, the programme is designed to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversations across a range of transport and mobility research areas.

Forthcoming & Recent Seminars

Date Time Presenter Title
Wednesday 21st June 2017 14.00-15.00 Prof Susan Handy, University of California, Davis.Reducing Vehicle Travel:  The California Experiment

Wednesday 21st June 2017

17.00-18.30 Prof. William Greene, New York UniversityFinite Mixture and Latent Class Models
Monday 24th July  11.00-12.30 Prof K.V.K.Rao and Dr Gopal Patil, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), BombayCapacity and LoS of signalised intersections with non-lane based mixed traffic & Road network critical state: its applications for network resilience and link criticality
Tuesday 12th September 2017 12.00-13.00 Prof Joe Kearney, University of IowaPedestrian and Bicycling Simulation at the University of Iowa

To attend

All are welcome. No booking is required.


Seminars will take place in rm 1.11, Institute for Transport Studies, 34-40 University Road, University of Leeds. LS2 9JT (unless stated otherwise).


The sessions may vary in format, including presentations, open debates, round tables, and networking opportunities. Refreshments will be provided. 

Please note that we may wish to record these events - primarily a recording of the seminar speaker but potentially also any questions (audio only) from the audience, in order to subsequently share via our website and third party channels. Please contact the organiser for details.

Previous Seminars





Tuesday 13th June 17.30-19.00 Professor Peter Jones O.B.E., University College London & Anne Bastian, KTH Stockholm Commission on Travel Demand - Evening Discussion
Wednesday 7th June 2017 14.00-15.00 Dr M.Shafiq-Ur Rahman, Visiting Researcher (Commonwealth Fellow), ITS, University of Leeds Integrated Multi-modal Public Transport: Planning and Designing Urban Transport Interchanges in Dhaka City
Friday 12th May 2017 12.00-13.00 Haneen Khreis, ITS, University of Leeds Full-chain Quantitative Health Impact Assessment of Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Childhood Asthma in Bradford, UK
Thursday 11th May 2017 13.00-14.00 Prof. Kay Axhausen, ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) How to capture travel?  New ideas and results
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 11.00-12.00 Dr Eleonora Morganti, ITS, University of Leeds The role of individuals and policymakers in shaping city logistics:  Food deliveries in central London with the Congestion charge and Toxicity charge
Tuesday 25th April 2017 14.00-15.00 Dr Giulio Mattioli, ITS, University of Leeds & Dr Ian Philips, ITS, University of Leeds Mapping vulnerability to fuel price increases in England
Monday 20th March 2017 14.00-15.00 Presented by Dr Robert Hrelja, VTI and K2, Sweden Collaboration between public and private organizations as a key dimension of public transport governance – Swedish experiences of collaboration for functioning public transport systems
Tuesday 7th March 17.30-18.45 Various Commission on Travel Demand Launch and Evening Debate, “This house believes that forecasting has had its day”
Tuesday 13th December 14.00-15.00 Chiara Calastri, ITS, University of Leeds. Social networks, activities and travel: building links to understand behaviour
Tuesday 6th December 11.00-12.00 Prof. Jillian Anable, ITS, University of Leeds. Cars cars everywhere! New data and new insights into car ownership and usage in the UK
Thursday 1st December 14.00-15.00 Dr Shigeki Ozawa, Daido University, Japan Rail freight problems in Japan: track access
Tuesday 22nd November 13.30-14.30 Dr Michael Poku-Boansi, KNUST, Ghana Towards an effective transitioning of informal to formal public transport service operations in Ghana
Thursday 17th November 11.00-12.00 Dr Gustav Markkula, ITS, University of Leeds. What do psychology and neuroscience have to do with vehicle engineering? The driver model case for cross-disciplinarity
Tuesday 8th November 11.00-12.00 Dr Paul Timms, ITS, University of Leeds. Futurology and the relevance of history: what might we learn from the 60s and 70s when thinking about the future of transport?

Thursday, 23rd June 2016

12.00-13.00 Eduardo A. Vasconcellos

Urban mobility challenges in developing countries: the case of Latin America

Wednesday 25th May

12.00-13.00 Lynne Goulding, ARUP Shaping our Urban Mobility Future
Thursday 28th April 2016 14.00-15.00 Alison Millbourn (MPH), Kirklees Council Barriers to Active Travel? How hard can it be?

Tuesday 19th April 2016

14.00-15.00 Professor Kelly Clifton, Portland State University, USA Representing pedestrian activity in travel demand models: Framework and application
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 14.00-15.00 Dr Ian Philips and Alvaro Guzman, ITS, University of Leeds A bus ride with Foucault
Thursday 10th March 2016 13.30-14.30 Dr Giulio Mattioli, ITS, University of Leeds Transport-related economic stress and vulnerability to fuel price spikes: intermediate findings from the (t)ERES project
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 13.30-14.30 Professor Richard Romano, ITS, University of Leeds Driving Simulators to support the design of Autonomous Vehicles
Wednesday 10th February 2016 13.30-14.30

Prof. Karen LucasDr Ian PhilipsDr Louise ReardonErsilia Verlinghieri

ITS, University of Leeds

Improving Social and Distributional Impact Assessments: A Study of the A465
Wednesday 27th January 2016 13.30-14.30 Dr Alexa Delbosc, Monash University, Australia Millennials on the move: Life transitions and Australian millennials


25th November 2015


Gayle Wootton,

Cardiff University

Inclusive Urban Mobility: social equity and mass transport systems in Quito, Ecuador


17th November 2015


Professor Greg Marsden

ITS, University of Leeds

Sustainable Transport: Will it ever really count?


14 October 2015

14.00-15.00 Dr Mojtaba Moharrer Drivers’ confidence and the task of Curve Negotiation


8th October 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Fulbright Professor Noreen McDonald

(sabbatical from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Impacts of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling


16 July (Rm g.06)

16.00 – 17.00

Antonino Vitetta

University of Reggio Calabria

A reverse assignment model and solution procedure for road traffic networks


7 July 2015


John Dulac

International Energy Agency

Energy Technology Perspectives: pathways and challenges for low-carbon transport


25 June 2015


Professor Greg Marsden

ITS, University of Leeds

Disruption and the mobility system: concepts, empirics and issues


16 June 2015


Julian Burkinshaw

ITS, University of Leeds

Creative Industries, Flexibility, and Travel to Work


11 June 2015


Dr Robin lovelace

Consumer Data Research Centre, University of Leeds

Estimating propensity to cycle via distance decay functions for the Department for Transport


03 June 2015


Peter Atkinson

ITS, University of Leeds

An overview of cycling’s integration with public transport systems


28 May 2015


Dr. Janina Scheelhaase

German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Aviation's full climate impact - How to limit it best from an economic and environmental point of view?


19 May 2015


Prof. Karel Martens

Radboud University, Nijmegen

Insuring for accessibility


14 May 2015


Professor Hong Lo

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

On joint rail and property development: opportunities and potential pitfalls


07 May 2015


Dr Ian Jones

ITS, University of Leeds

The practice of transport planning: looking to studies of science to reveal why it matters


29 April 2015


Dr Glen Koorey

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Is Cycling a Safe Mode? Comparing Apples with Apples


23 April 2015


Dr Andrew Tomlinson

ITS, University of Leeds

An exploratory analysis of rail travel time and fare differences between London and the North using publically available datasets


22 April 2015 


Dr. Hideki Yaginuma & Junji Urata

University of Tokyo, Japan

a)Parallel implementation of hyperpath-based railway assignment: an application to Tokyo metropolitan rail network.

b)Influence of interaction on evacuation choice introducing an altruism preference with a case study of a heavy rain disaster

05 March 2015 13.30-14.30 

Dr Giulio Mattioli

ITS, University of Leeds

Pollution or congestion charging? Air quality measures and road pricing in Milan, Italy
12 March 2015 13.30-14.30 

Dr Andrew Smith

ITS, University of Leeds

The value, challenges and future of performance benchmarking in transport and infrastructure regulation
19 March 2015 13.30-14.30 

Haneen Khreis

ITS, University of Leeds 

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution and the development of childhood asthma: making the connection
25 February 201514.00-15.00

Dr.-Ing.Philip Kruger

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany 

Trends in Intelligent Transport Systems – Overview, Challenges

24 February 2015


Dr Louise Reardon 

ITS, University of Leeds

Quality of Life and Transport Policy

09 February 2015


Waqas Cheema

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Singapore: Tackling Future Mobility demand

21 January 2015


Professor Graham Currie
Monash University, Australia

Road Safety Benefits From Bus Priority Schemes? - Unexpected Results from a Bus Safety Research Program

19 November 2014


Kasia Speakman

secondment from Leeds City Council

Are highway designers and transport planners offering 'equal service' to disabled people? How can we ensure that the highways meet the current and future needs of those with a mobility impairment?

13 November 201414.30-15.30

Dr Anthony Whiteing

University of Leeds

Green Logistics 5 years on: Potential disruptive technologies that just might transform the supply chains of the future (and possibly be greener)?
4 November 201414.30-15.30

Professor Gerard de Jong 

University of Leeds

Predicting uncertainty of traffic forecasts: giving the policy-makers a range instead of a single number
15 October 201414.30-15.30

Dr Anthony Fowkes

University of Leeds

UK Rail Franchising: Why Did The West Coast Franchising Process Collapse?
8 October 201415.30-16.30

Dr Yvonne Barnard

University of Leeds

Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe: networking and project proposals
3 October 201412.00-13.00

Helen Fitt

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Does it matter if we call the bus a ‘loser cruiser’?: How stereotypes influence everyday transport practices.

18 September 2014


Dr Eva Heinen

Centre for Diet and Activity Research

The effect of new transport infrastructure intervention on changes in mode choice: The introduction of high-quality facilities for walking, cycling and bus use.

23 July 2014


Stephen Hanley

of Leeds

Three months with the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology.

16 July 2014


Sanna Pampel

of Leeds

Mental models of eco-driving:  Comparison of driving styles in a simulator

9 July 2014


Dr Karen Lucas

of Leeds

Human and Social Factors in Transport:  What are the opportunities for building inter-disciplinary partnerships at University of Leeds?

2 July 2014


Stephen Parkes

of Leeds

The longevity of behaviour change: A case study of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

18 June 2014


Dr Karl Ropkins

University of Leeds

Micro-Trip Analysis Of Non-Stationary Time-Series

10 June 2014


Bryan Matthews

of Leeds

Where are we now?  Environmental and technological dimensions to visually impaired people's mobility and navigation (Interactive session)

21 May 2014


Dr Paul Upham

of Leeds

Public opinion of low carbon innovation policy for transport: A Finnish survey

14 May 2014


Dr John Hine

Independent Consultant

Freight Transport Research in Africa and Asia

1 May 2014


Dr Hamish Jamson

of Leeds

Virtual vehicle prototyping: Can driving simulation support Jaguar Land Rover's vehicle design process?

2 April 2014


Prof Ruth Steiner

of Florida

School planning and children's travel: How can we balance community and transportation goals?

28 March 2014


Greg Archer

Transport & Environment

The policies and politics of regulating car emissions