Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Giulio Mattioli

Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 36528
Room: 1.04
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Giulio's research examines the multiple ways in which transport systems are locked into high (and increasing) levels of energy consumption and carbon emissions. He is specifically interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of car dependence, its social drivers and consequences. He has a particular interest for the implications of car dependence for social inequality and transport disadvantage. 

Giulio currently has a shared position between ITS and the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. He has been a Research Fellow at ITS since 2014, during which he has led the EPSRC-funded project (t)ERES ("Energy-related economic stress in the UK, at the interface between transport, housing and fuel poverty"). He has held previous postdoctoral positions at the University of Aberdeen, working for the End Use Energy Demand (EUED) research centre DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand). He has published over 10 internationally peer-reviewed articles since 2013 in journals including Transportation Research Part A, Transport Policy, Transportation, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

Key research interests

  • Car dependence & carbon lock-in in the transport sector
  • Transport poverty & affordability
  • Quantitative analysis of household social survey data
  • The political economy of transport systems

Employment  History

  • 2017-present, Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute & Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2014-2017, Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2013-2014, Research Fellow, Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen
  • 2013, External Research Assistant, Chair of Integrated Transport Planning (IVP), Berlin Institute of Technology
  • 2008-2011, Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Milan-Bicocca


  • PhD, Urban and Local European Studies (URBEUR), University of Milan-Bicocca, 2013 [Visiting PhD Student at Department of Sociology, Lancaster University & Chair of Integrated Transport Planning (IVP), Berlin Institute of Technology, 2011-2012]
  • MSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Milan-Bicocca, 2009
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Milan-Bicocca, 2006


Twitter: @giulio.mattioli

Personal profile pages: Google Scholar; ResearchGate;; Mendeley; Scopus

Current projects

  • Co-Investigator on the "Smart Measures" research project - funded by the Department for Transport (2017-2018)
  • Research Assistant for RACER ("Radical Acceleration of Car Emission Reductions") 
  • Research Assistant for LiLi ("Living Well Within Limits") 


Recently completed projects

  • Researcher Co-Investigator and main researcher on (t)ERES ("Energy-related economic stress in the UK, at the interface between transport, housing and fuel poverty") - EPSRC EUED project (2014-2016).
  • Research assistant for DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand) Theme 1 (2013-2014) 

Present PhD students

Thalia Hernandez Amezcua - "Understanding the impact of shared mobility in transport poverty, an analysis for Mexico City (2017-present, co-supervisor)


Book Chapters

  • Mattioli G; Colleoni M (2016) Transport Disadvantage, Car Dependence and Urban Form, pp.171-190. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22578-4_10
  • Mattioli G (2014) Moving through the city with strangers? Public transport as a significant type of urban public space, Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography, pp.57-74.
  • Mattioli G (2013) Different worlds of non-motoring: households without cars in Germany, In: Scheiner J; Blotevogel H-H; Frank S; Holz-Rau C; Schuster N (Ed) Mobilitäten und Immobilitäten: Menschen, Ideen, Dinge, Kulturen, Kapital, Blaue Reihe, 142, Klartext, pp.207-216.
  • Mattioli G (2013) Sharing space with strangers in moving public places: social mixing and secessionism in mobility, Urban public space: Facing the challenges of mobility and aestheticization, Peter Lang, pp.31-59.

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