Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Professor Derek Quinn

Visiting Professor



  • Institution of Civil Engineers (Fellow)
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (Member)
  • PhD, University of Aston, 1983
  • BA, University of Wales, 1978

Employment history

  • 2002 - Present: Visiting Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2010 - Present: Derek Quinn and Associates Limited - Director
  • 2003 - 2010: Gateshead Council - Group Director, Development and Enterprise Directorate
  • 1991 - 2003: Leeds City Council, Department of Highways and Transportation - Director (2001 to 2003); Assistant Director, Transportation (1999 to 2001) and Chief Engineer, Policies and Programme (1991 to 1999)
  • 1990 - 1991: University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies - Research into queue management strategies
  • 1988 - 1990: HM Government, Overseas Development Administration - Director of Institute for Transport at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito
  • 1987 - 1988: Halcrow Fox and Associates - Consultant for transportation and traffic impact assessments for major development proposals
  • 1986 - 1987: University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies - Research into traffic signal control on oversaturated road networks in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1978 - 1985 West Midlands County Council - progressive internal appointments in planning and engineering

Key Research interests

  • Transport planning and capacity building in developing countries
  • Urban development and transport in local government
  • Project management - traffic and transportation
  • Transport and social exclusion

Experience and Achievements

  • Derek acquired a leading national reputation for devising and delivering cutting-edge transport projects during his time with Leeds City Council. He produced one of the UK’s earliest multi-modal local transport plans - singled out as good practice in the Government’s 1998 Transport White Paper. He conceived and delivered the country’s first ever High Occupancy Vehicle lanes - since copied in Birmingham, Bristol and Bradford, and he handled two other national firsts; namely, the innovative Leeds Guided Bus project and the landmark “Home-Zone” in north-west Leeds. While working at Gateshead Council, Derek implemented a £17m dedicated bus-way between Gateshead and the Metrocentre, the largest out-of-town shopping centre in Europe, and a zero-emission hybrid bus service linking Gateshead with Newcastle City Centre. He also managed the introduction of decriminalized parking enforcement and the Northumbria speed camera partnership comprised of 90 cameras covering 7 local authority highway networks.

Academic and Professional Engagements

  • Visiting Professor of Transportation at Institute for Highway Engineering, Technical University of Graz, Austria (1995 to 2001)
  • Visiting Professor of Transportation at Institute for Transport Science, University for Bodenkultur, Vienna, Austria (1996/7)
  • Visiting Lecturer at Bradford University, Development and Project Planning Centre (1992)
  • Visiting Lecturer at Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (1991-2002)
  • National Masters Training Programme - Employers’ Forum (since 2001)
  • Editorial Panel for Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (Transport Journal)
  • Honorary Secretary of the Transport Planning Society (1997 to 2001)
  • Chair of UK Core Cities Transportation Group (1999 to 2003)
  • PTRC Advisory Board (1994-1997)
  • Editorial Board for Transportation Planning Systems (1993-95)
  • Member of the 'Clear Zones' sub-group of the Transport Sector Panel of the UK Government Technology Foresight Programme (1991-93)
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