Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Kate Pangbourne

University Academic Fellow

Phone: x 31552
Room: 1.04
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Kate Pangbourne joined the Institute in early June 2016.  At ITS, Kate is developing her distinctive personal research agenda in innovative research in travel behaviour and persuasive technology for behaviour change, as well as exploring the implications of technology for the interface of transport governance and sustainability.

Key Research Interests

  • the nexus of technology, sustainability and transport
  • smart travel behaviour
  • persuasive technology
  • transport governance

Employment History

  • 2016 - present University Academic Fellow, ITS, UoL
  • 2009 - 2016 Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
  • 2003 - 2005 Research Assistant, University of Aberdeen
  • 1991 - 2002 Scottish Natural Heritage


  • PhD The Changing Geography of Scottish Transport Governance, University of Aberdeen, 2010
  • MSc Sustainable Rural Development, University of Aberdeen, 2003
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy with English Literature, University of Edinburgh, 1988

Professional Engagements

  • ESRC Peer Reviewer (2018)
  • Member, National Transport Strategy 2 Strategic Framework Working Group (Transport Scotland) (2017 to date) 
  • EPSRC Peer Review College (May 2016 to date)
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen (June 2016 to date)
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society with IBG (2011 to date)
  • Chair, Transport Geography Research Group of RGS-IBG (2016 to date)
  • Secretary, Transport Geography Research Group of RGS-IBG (2009-2014)
  • Member, RTPI Transport Planning Society (2010 to date)




Current Project

ADAPT: smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change. EPSRC/ LWEC Challenge Fellowship (2016-2019).

Personal Fellowship. The objective of this project is to develop more effective methods of influencing people to act voluntarily in relation to adapting to and mitigating environmental change, in the transport domain. Key aims are to investigate (1) whether there are systematic patterns of argumentation in existing material aimed at influencing the public to change behaviour; (2) if existing communication material can be better matched to individual preferences in relation to argument structure, content or framing, and (3) to use the findings to create algorithms for use in public-facing websites or mobile apps for personalising persuasive arguments to support behaviour change.

Three most recent prior projects

Researcher: European Smart Mobility Resource Manager (MYWAY). (2013-2016)

Funded by the EU FP7 Programme, this project developed and validatied the European Smart Mobility Resource Manager, a platform adopting an innovative meta-planner approach to integrate all mobility services into one journey plan and booking system. 14 European partners. The University of Aberdeen PI is Professor Judith Masthoff. I was responsible for the day to day management of Work Package 1: Mobility Behaviours.

Researcher: Enhancing transport technologies to support personal security in travel by public transport. (2012-2013)

Funded by the EPSRC, this project focused on the role of technology and its interaction with user needs and perceptions in supporting personal security in travel on public transport. The PI was Dr Mark Beecroft, Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen.

Lead Researcher: Evidence Base Review of Travel-related Business Practices to Inform Development of a Segmentation of Businesses. (2012-2013)

Commissioned by the Department of Transport (Contract Reference: PPRO 04/06/43), this project was directed by Professor Jillian Anable, with four private sector partners.











  • Supervision of PhD theses and Masters dissertations
  • Level 1 Tutor for GEOG1310 Geography with Transport



Book Chapters

  • Lucas K; Pangbourne K (2012) Transport and climate change policy in the United Kingdom: A social justice perspective, Transport and Sustainability, 2, pp.287-312. doi: 10.1108/S2044-9941(2012)0000002014
  • Anderton K; Pangbourne K (2012) The significance of individual leadership in complex governance arenas: The case of transportation and climate change, Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, pp.746-760. doi: 10.4135/9781452218601.n79

Conference Papers

Other Publications

  • Pangbourne K; Lucas K; Curl A (2015) Transport Geography Research Group at the 2014 RGS-IBG conference, Journal of Transport Geography, 42, pp.191-192. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.10.007

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