Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Samantha Jamson

Staff Development Director & Deputy Director

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 36606
Room: Geog East 101e
Research Group: Safety and Technology

Research Interests

Dr. Jamson is a Chartered Psychologist at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. She is a member of the Safety and Technology Group, a multidisciplinary team undertaking research in road safety and driver behaviour. With twenty years experience in the field, she has worked on a variety of research projects using driving simulators and instrumented cars as evaluation tools. She has been principal investigator on a range of projects, including evaluations of Transport Telematics applications, road design, and driver impairment. She managed a European project developing metrics for driver      distraction and has since been involved in further national and European projects to extend this work. Samantha is a member of the British Standards group on Human Machine Interface issues and the Institution of Highways Engineers (Health and Safety) working group. She recently chaired a European Working Group on motorcycle safety, delivering high-priority research needs to the European Commission. Her research involves collaboration with national and international policymakers (Department for Transport, Highways Agency, European Commission) as well as industrial  collaboration for both research and PhD supervision.


  • Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds
  • Director of International Activities, Institute  for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds (2009-12)

Professional Engagements

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BSI Committee EPL/278

Professional Engagements

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BSI Committee EPL/278

Current projects

  • EcoDriver ( ecoDriver targets a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by encouraging the adoption of green driving behaviour. Drivers will receive eco-driving recommendations and feedback adapted to them and to their vehicle characteristics. A range of driving profiles, powertrains (conventional, hybrid, electrical) and vehicles types (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses) will be tested in order to optimise the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. The ultimate goal is to deliver the most appropriate eco-driving advice or feedback for any given situation
  • TECHNO Erasmus Mundus ( The Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership programme is a cooperation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education launched by Europe Aid Cooperation Office and implemented by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA). The TECHNO project promotes cooperation between the EU and the Asian countries involved in the project by providing scholarships for Masters, post-doctoral and staff.
  • Sign Size Design Review of Temporary Management Signs in cooperation with Arup/URS Consultants. Funded by the Highways Agency, the design of signs used at roadworks will be revisited and improved to improve driver comprehension and road worker safety.

Current PhD students:

  • James Musgrave “An Evaluation of the Transtheoretical Model to Promote Travel Behaviour Change of Attendees at Sport Venues”
  • Yvonne Taylor “Fatigued driving in shift workers – the impact on road safety”
  • Akshay Dwarakanath “Development of a driving simulator to predict driving performance in  patients with Sleep Apnoea Hypopnoea Syndrome”
  • Sanna Pampel "How can Mental Models of Eco-Driving be Measured, Represented and Changed?"
  • Tatjana Zimasa "The interaction between driving pleasure and safety"

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss PhD topics


  • Safety of Road Transport 
  • Engineering Aspects of Road Safety





  • Jamson SL; Rudin-Brown C (2013) Behavioural Adaptation and Road Safety: Theory, Evidence, and Action, CRC Press.

Book Chapters

  • Comte SL (1999) Speed management: targeting the road, vehicle or driver?, In: Harris D (Ed) Engineering psychology and cognitive ergonomics, 3, Ashgate, pp.321-328.


  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K; Jamson AH; Horrobin A; Carsten OMJ (2008) Results of Simulator Experiments., .
  • Carsten O; Fowkes M; Lai F; Chorlton K; Jamson S; Tate F; Simpkin R (2008) Executive summary of project results., .
  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K (2005) Differences between London motorcyclists and those from the rest of the UK, .
  • Jamson SL; Carsten OMJ; Chorlton K; Fowkes M (2005) Intelligent Speed Adaptation: Literature Review and Scoping Study, .
  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K; Conner MT (2005) The Older Motorcyclist: Final Report, .
  • Jamson SL (2004) The Prevalence and antecedents of risky motorcycling behaviour, .
  • Carsten OMJ; Comte SL; Tate FN (2000) Traffic calming with new technology: accident savings and driver behaviour., .
  • Carsten OMJ; Fowkes M; Lai F; Chorlton K; Jamson S; Tate FN; Simpkin R (Not yet published) Intelligent speed adaptation: Final report, .


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