Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr James Tate

Associate Professor

Programme Leader for MSc Transport Planning & Environment

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 36608
Room: 2.16
Research Group: Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Twitter: @drjamestate

Research Interests

  • Transport and the Environment.
  • Urban air quality.
  • Road transport Real Driving Emissions (RDE) including making and analysing remote sensing vehicle measurements.
  • Coupling traffic microsimulations with instantaneous emission models (Tate, 2012; Zallinger, Tate et al, 2009).
  • Big transport telematics data.
  • Low Emission Zones, Strategies and Vehicles.

Employment History

  • 1996 to 1997 - Research Assistant, University of Nottingham, Transport Research Group.
  • 1997 to 2006 - Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 2007 to 2016 - Lecturer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.
  • 2017 to present - Associate Professor



  • BEng.(Hons) Civil Engineering (2:1), University of Nottingham, 1995
  • MRes Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, 1996
  • PhD, University of Leeds, 2005. "A Study of Vehicular Emissions and Ambient Air Quality at the Local-scale".

Professional Engagements

  • Vehicle emission and air quality advisor for Transport for London (secondment)
  • Member of the Charted Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
  • Gave oral evidence to the Commons Select Committee ‘Vehicle Type Approval - evidence session’. House of Commons, Westminster. 14th Dec 2015

Media appearances

  • Discussing air quality onthe BBC World Service Inquiry programme "Ban the Sale of Petrol & Diesel Cars Now?" 28th Sept 2017  
  • Featured on BBC Breakfast #SoICanBreathe 6th March 2017 Programme discussing air quality and stop-idling campaign
  • Featured on BBC Look North and BBC Inside Out Yorkshire 6th March 2017 discussing Traffic-Related Air Pollution (TRAP) and asthma
  • Featured on the BBC One - Inside Out Programme - East Midlands. “The East Midland cities living under a cloud of air pollution.” 28th January 2013,
  • Contributed to the BBC Radio 4 Programme “Diesel Pollution”. 7th August 2012,      (skip to 0:15:40)


Programme Leader:

Module Leader:

  • Environmental Science and Sustainability of Transport [TRAN5014M]
  • Transport and Urban Pollution (MSc) [TRAN5691M]


  • Transport Data Collection and Analysis (MSc) [TRAN5031M]
  • Principles of Transport Engineering (MSc) [TRAN5072M]



  • Bell MC; Tomlin AS; Seakins PW; Kale GM; Watson A; Andrews GE; Routledge MN; Tate JE; Goodman PS (2004) LANTERN - Leeds health Air pollution, Noise, Traffic and Emissions Research Network, MRC - Institute for Environment and Health, pp.47-48.

Book Chapters

Internet Publications

  • Patra A; Colvile R; Arnold S; Bowen E; Shallcross D; Martin D; Price C; Tate JE; ApSimon H; Robins A (2006) On street observations of particulate matter movement and dispersion due to traffic on an urban road, . doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2006.10.070


  • Carslaw D; Beevers S; Westmoreland E; Williams M; Tate JE; Murrells T; Stedman J; Li Y; Grice S; Kent A (2011) Trends in NOx and NO2 emissions and ambient measurements in the UK, Trends in NOx and NO2 emissions and ambient measurements in the UK, .
  • Fox KA; Kirby HR; Scemama G; Bell MC; Tate JE; Walker A (1996) Avoiding high fuel consumption in congested cities. An evaluation of the benefits of an intelligent supervisor for an urban traffic control system, .

Conference Papers

Other Publications

  • Tate JE (1999) Evaluation of alternative guided bus design. Results for Chester, 536, .

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