Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Caroline Mullen

Senior Research Fellow

Research Group Leader for Social and Political Sciences Programme Leader for MSc Sustainability in Transport

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 35343
Room: 1.14
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Research interests

·      Understanding travel demand and travel needs.

·      Environmental and social justice for sustainable transport, especially walking and cycling.

·      Application of political theory to policy and politics of sustainability in transport.  

·      Governance: particularly theory and application of deliberative and reflexive governance.  

Publications - See 'publications' tab above

Teaching and supervision - See 'teaching' tab above


  • PhD: Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of Law, at the University of Manchester. ‘Sustaining life, enabling activity and inflicting death: What risk and physical harm caused by transport is morally defensible?
  • MA Philosophy. University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons.) Philosophy. University of Leeds.

 Previous roles

    • Research Officer, Centre for European Law and Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds. Research on Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest (REFGOV) project (2008-2010).
    • Researcher for Database of Non-Governmental Organisations (DANGO) Project, Centre for Contemporary Governance and Citizenship in the UK, University of Birmingham (2007-2008). Honorary Research Fellow (2007-2008) and Visiting Lecturer on Human Rights (2007), at the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham.
    • Property Regulation in European Science, Ethics and Law (PropEur) Project Officer, Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham. Conducted research on ethical and legal questions in governance of property in human plant and animal genomes, and in the information society (2005-2007).




Current and recent:

RACER (Rapid acceleration of Car Emission Reductions), Energy Research Council, Researcher 2017-2018

Smart measures for improved transport outcomes, DfT, CoI, 2017-2018

Energy poverty and social relations: understanding vulnerability through secondary qualitative analysis, White Rose Collaboration Fund, 2017

Need, mobility poverty and the ethics of the future cost of mobility: Greg Marsden and Caroline Mullen. This is part of the DEMAND Centre: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand, 2014 - 2017 (ESRC/EPSRC with support from ECLEER (EDF R&D), Transport for London and the International Energy Agency).

CH4LLENGE: Addressing the four Key Challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, 2013-2016 (Co-Funded by Intelligent Energy Europe). Project Manager for ITS' role  

Disruption: unlocking low carbon travel (EPSRC, RCUK Energy). Researcher

Multi-level Governance, Transport Policy and Carbon Emissions Management (ESRC)  Researcher

Competitive Cities: The Network and Long term impacts of fiscal Management of Transport Demand (EPSRC); Researcher

Understanding Walking and Cycling (EPSRC),Researcher

Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design - STEP-CHANGE (EPSRC).Researcher.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to discuss PhD proposals on topics including:

Urban mobility planning

Walking and cycling

Social, economic and environmental justice in mobility and transport

Sustainability in Transport MSc  - Programme Leader 

Sustainable Cities MSc  - Co-manager

Supervision of Masters dissertations in Institute for Transport Studies and School of Earth and Environment. 

Teaching on modules including:

Environmental Science and Social Research;

Shaping Future Transport Systems;

Transport and Urban Pollution;

Public Transport Policy and Practice;

Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods



  • Pooley CG; Jones T; Tight M; Horton D; Scheldeman G; Mullen CA; Jopson A; Strano E (2013) Promoting walking and cycling: new perspectives on sustainable travel, Policy Press.
  • Widdows H; Mullen C; Manson NC; Holm S; Brownsword R; Wilson S; Hunter KG; Laurie GT; Edgar A; Chadwick R; Strange H (2009) The Governance of Genetic Information: Who Decides?, Cambridge Law, Medicine and Ethics, Cambridge University Press.

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