Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Ian Philips

Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 30960
Room: 1.16
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Key Research Interests

My research interests are focussed on spatial modelling and analysis to inform sustainable transport policy. 

My research interests are focussed on spatial modelling and ana

lysis to inform sustainable transport


My research interests are focussed on spatial modelling and ana

lysis to inform sustainable transport


  • Walking and cycling
  • GIS and spatial analysis to understand transport issues
  • Social assessment of transport schemes
  • Sustainability and resilience



PhD University of Leeds 2014: The potential role of walking and cycling to increase resilience of transport systems to future external shocks (Creating an indicator of who could get to work by walking and cycling if there was no fuel for motorised transport).

  • MSc Geographic Information Science; University of Leeds 2010 
  • PGCE; University of Leeds 2004
  • BSc Geography; Leicester 1994


Employment History

January 2018 - present Senior Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies

December 2014 – 2018 Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies

Main areas of work prior to research:

  • Environmental project management for youth organizations
  • Teaching (Secondary)


Research groups I participate in outside ITS

Multi-Agent Systems and Simulation

Centre for Spatial Analysis and policy

Royal Geographical Society Transport Geography Research Group.

Twitter account: @IanPhilipsITS


Current Fellowship (ESRC NPIF)

Accelerating innovation in new mobility services: matching sustainable new business models to local potential: Calculating capability to reduce car use using spatial data. 

This is an uncertain point of transition for the transport sector.  The media frequently carries news stories on innovations in cleaner transport technologies (particularly electric vehicles) and visions for how people will travel in the future.  These visions are dominated by new mobility services (NMS).  They include sharing schemes for cars, bikes and taxis. All are based on Information and Communications Technology such as joining smartphones and apps, with vehicles and devices that are 'smart'.  The other common feature is that NMS all have a connection to data and usually 'big data'.  

These emerging changes could dramatically reduce energy demand from personal transport but there is also a risk that  the rapid arrival of new mobility services could simply add to the familiar story that people are told that new products are energy efficient and thus sustainable but in actual fact they are not really sustainable because they have negative social and environmental impacts. 


The project aims are to provide small area insights, using the intelligent fusion of datasets to generate innovative new mobility data. This can be used to evaluate the extent to which the population are capable of benefiting from either New Mobility Services or from other interventions whilst simultaneously reducing total car usage and reducing transport energy demand.


Recent projects: 


Efforts to reduce the emissions from car travel have so far been hampered by a lack of specific information on car ownership and use. The Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends in the UK (MOT) project seeks to address this by bringing together new sources of data to give a spatially and disaggregated diagnosis of car ownership and use in Great Britain and the associated energy demand and emissions. Link here


Measuring the social impacts of road projects

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses, this project is the first of its kind in the UK to identify the social impacts on the local community arising from a road improvement scheme. Link here


Understandings of transport resilience: A pilot project examining the understandings of transport resilience held by different stakeholder groups. Link here


Engaging with policy makers; using results from my PhD to encourage UK policy makers to consider resilience 


Disruption project   Analysis of data collected from surveys examining different disruptions.  

Current and recent teaching 

TRAN5115M:  Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis

Introduction to GIS for MSc transport students

TRAN1011  Challenges in Transport and Mobility  First year undergraduate module

Supervision of MSc dissertations includes

  • Effects of urban realm improvements on cyclist behaviour in London
  • A GIS analysis of the University Travel Survey.
  • An analysis of active travel accessibilty and measures to improve it
  • Accessibility assessment in Manila

GEOG5231: GIS and planning MSc online distance learning module (module leader 2017 ) 

GEOG 2035 Geographies of Economies Second year undergraduate module 

I have been involved with the development of modules for MSc programmes at ITS



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