Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Transport affordability deserves more attention, suggests ITS researchers

Last week, Dr Giulio Mattioli was invited to present at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, on the findings of the 2014-2016 (t)ERES project.

An 18-month research project, led by the Institute for Transport Studies, (t)ERES looks at the affordability of transport, and looks to provide ways to measure it.

By using UK family expenditure data, Dr Mattioli and his colleagues found that 9.2% of households are in ‘car-related economic stress’ (CRES). Through the research project, Dr Mattioli’s team have developed quantitative indicators of ‘transport energy poverty’ and vulnerability to motor fuel price increases.

From these findings, Dr Mattioli and his team have suggested that transport affordability deserves to gain more attention from policy-makers. Currently, the affordability of domestic energy is closely monitored by government as part of its ‘fuel poverty’ policies, while the affordability of transport is overlooked.

“The current discussion on the fuel duty freeze shows that this is a highly topical issue, but so far hard figures have been hard to find.” Said Dr Giulio Mattioli.

“There have been attempts to use fuel poverty indicators in the transport sector in the past, but they were not very rigorous. With this project, we provide more robust indicators that enable the tracking and a better understanding of this important problem.” He added.

Dr Mattioli’s project, titled “Energy-related economic stress in the UK, at the interface between transport, housing and fuel poverty” (2014-2016), was funded by EPSRC and was linked to the End Use Energy Demand research centre DEMAND.

The presentation at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford was organised by Dr Brenda Boardman, who has played a key part in initiating fuel poverty research.

Further reading

Mattioli G; Wadud Z; Lucas K (2018) Vulnerability to fuel price increases in the UK: A household level analysis, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 113, pp. 227-242. doi: 10.1016/j.tra.2018.04.002

Mattioli G (2017) 'Forced Car Ownership' in the UK and Germany: Socio-Spatial Patterns and Potential Economic Stress Impacts, Social Inclusion, 5, pp. 147-160. doi: 10017645/si.v5i4.1081

Mattioli G; Philips I; Anable J; Chatterton T (2017) Developing an index of vulnerability to motor fuel price increases in England, UTSG Conference 2017

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