Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Professor Tony May

Emeritus Professor in Transport Engineering

Phone: +44 (0)7858 145129
Email: A.D.May@its.leeds.ac.uk_

Qualifications

  • BA (Cambridge 1966), CEng (1972), FREng (1995)

Experience

  • Professor May has over 40 years' experience in transport planning and traffic engineering. He has been a professor at Leeds since 1977, and has served as Director of the Institute for Transport Studies, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. Between 1985 and 2001 he maintained a link between research and teaching at Leeds and practical experience in consultancy with MVA Ltd for which he was Director of Transport Policy. Prior to 1977 he spent ten years with the Greater London Council, where he was responsible for policy on highways, traffic management and transport-related land use planning for the capital, and managed major studies on traffic restraint, parking policy and motorway traffic control. He was elected to a fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1995, and awarded the OBE for services to transport engineering in 2004.  He retired in 2009, but is still active in research and consultancy.  He is currently President of the World Conference on Transport Research Society.

Consultancy

  • Professor May has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Transport Committee and the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, and a consultant to OECD, the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, the International Transport Forum, the World Bank, the US Transportation Research Board, the Singapore Land Transport Authority, the New Zealand Ministry of Transport and the Thailand Commission for the Management of Land Transport.  He is currently Transport Policy Advisor to the Grosvenor Estates.

Research

  • While at Leeds he has been awarded over 80 research grants and contracts by the Engineering and Physical Sciences and Economic and Social Science Research Councils, DfT and TRL, the European Community, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, and several local authorities. Amongst these have been studies of the transport problems of inner city firms, techniques for monitoring travel, development of dynamic route guidance, the management of congestion at signalised junctions, the most appropriate structure for the organisation of transport functions in the UK conurbations, the design and assessment of road pricing strategies, the development of trip planning systems and awareness campaigns, the combined performance of transport and land use strategies, the impact of integrated transport strategies and their contribution to environmental policy, and the development of guidance on sustainable urban transport and land use policy. He recently coordinated a major four year research programme on decision support tools for sustainable urban transport strategies.  He is currently involved in a European project which is making these tools available to cities throughout Europe.

While working full time at Leeds, Professor May directed the MSc programmes in Transport Planning and Engineering for over 20 years, and taught extensively at underggraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Papers

Books

  • Nakamura H; Hayashi Y; May AD (2004) Urban Transport and the Environment: an international perspective, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp.450p.
  • May AD (2000) From Problems to Solutions: Integrating Transport in the City: Reconciling the economic, social and environmental dimensions, OECD Publications.

Book Chapters

  • May AD; Liu R; Shepherd S (2015) Road congestion, Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy, pp.112-133. doi: 10.4337/9780857937933.00013
  • May AD; Hayashi Y; Kii M; Mackett R (2013) Introduction, Sustainable transport for Chinese cities., .
  • May AD; Kii M; Mackett RL; Pan H (2012) Conclusions, Transport and Sustainability, 3, pp.357-366. doi: 10.1108/S2044-9941(2012)0000003019
  • May AD (2012) Delivering a more sustainable urban environment through transport policy packages, Transport and Sustainability, 3, pp.145-165. doi: 10.1108/S2044-9941(2012)0000003009
  • May AD; Shepherd SP; Koh A; Sumalee A (2008) Design tools for road pricing cordons, In: Richardson HW; Bae C-HC (Ed) Road Congestion Pricing: Lessons from Europe and their Implications for the United States, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers., pp.pp.1.
  • May AD; Matthews B (2007) Improving Decision-Making for Sustainable Urban Transport, In: Marshall S; Banister D (Ed) European Research towards Integrated Policies, Elsevier, pp.335-361.
  • May AD; Shepherd SP; Emberger G (2005) Optimisation of Transport Strategies, In: Button; Hensher (Ed) Handbook 6: Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions, Elsevier, pp.665-686.
  • May AD; Kelly CE; Shepherd SP (2005) Integrated Transport Strategies, In: Button; Hensher (Ed) Handbook 6: Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions, Elsevier, pp.237-254.
  • May AD; Shepherd SP; Sumalee A (2005) Optimal Locations and Charges for Cordon Schemes, In: Santos G (Ed) Road Pricing: Theory and Evidence, Elsevier, pp.87-106.
  • May AD (2005) Developing sustainable urban land use and transport strategies: a decision-makers' guidebook, Brussels: European Commission DGRTD, 2nd Edition , Brussels: European Commission DGRTD, 2nd Edition .
  • May AD (2004) Transport and land use instruments for a better environment, In: Nakamura; Hayashi; May (Ed) Urban transport and the environment: an international perspective, Elsevier, pp.191-251.
  • May AD; Milne DS (2004) The Impact on Network Performance of Drivers' Response to Alternative Road Pricing Schemes, In: Santos (Ed) Road Pricing: Theory and Evidence, Oxford, Elsevier, pp.61-85.
  • Jaensirisak S; May AD; Wardman MR (2003) Acceptability of Road User Charging: The Influence of Selfish and Social Perspectives, In: Schade J; Schlag B (Ed) Acceptability of Transport Pricing Strategies, Elsevier, pp.203-218.
  • Sumalee A; Shepherd SP; May AD (2003) The effect of demand variations on the location of optimal road pricing cordon, In: Bell; Iida MGHA; Y (Ed) Transport Network Reliability Analysis, Pergamon, pp.403.
  • Fowkes AS; May AD; Nash CA; Siu Y; Rees P (1998) Forecasting Road Traffic Growth: demographic change and alternative policy scenarios, In: Banister D (Ed) Transport Policy and the Environment, E & F N Spon, London, pp.38-49.
  • Fowkes AS; May AD; Nash CA; Siu YL; Rees PH (1998) Forecasting road traffic growth: demographic change and alternative policy scenarios, In: Banister D (Ed) Transport policy and the environment, E & FN Spon, pp.38-49.
  • May AD (1997) Introduction to Traffic flow theory, In: O'Flaherty CA (Ed) Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Arnold, pp.272-280.
  • May AD (1997) Transport policy, In: O'Flaherty CA (Ed) Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Arnold, pp.42-79.
  • May AD; Milne DS; Smith MJ; Ghali MO; Wisten MB (1997) A comparison of four alternative road pricing systems, In: Hensher DA; King J; Oum T (Ed) Proceedings of the 7th World Conference on Transport Research , 3, Pergamon, Sydney, pp.335-346.
  • May AD (1996) The components of transport strategies, In: Coombe D (Ed) Guidelines for Developing Urban Transport Strategies, London, Institution of Highways and Transportation., pp.73-102.
  • May AD (1996) Objectives, problems, constraints and opportunities, In: Coombe D (Ed) Guidelines for Developing Urban Transport Strategies, London, Institution of Highways and Transportation, pp.51-72.
  • May AD; Mitchell G; Kupiszewska D (1995) The Leeds Quantifiable City Model, In: Brandon PS; Lombardi PL; Bentivegna V (Ed) Evaluation of the Built Environment for Sustainability, E and F N Spon, pp.39-52.
  • Bonsall PW; May AD (1990) Evaluation of in-vehicle Route Guidance Systems, In: Committee WCTRS (Ed) Transport Policy, Management and Technology towards 2001, 2, Transport Policy, Management and Technology towards 2001, pp.381-392.
  • Bonsall PW; May AD (1986) Route choice in congested urban networks, In: Heaver (Ed) Research for Tomorrow's Transport Requirements, Research for Tomorrow's Transport Requirements, pp.1407-1420.

Reports

Conference Papers

  • Koh ATM; May AD; Blackledge D; Fioretto M (2010) ROAD USER CHARGING AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TRANSPORT POLICY: FINDINGS FROM THE CURACAO PROJECT, .
  • May AD; Khreis H; Mullen C (2016) Option generation for policy measures and packages: the role of the KonSULT knowledgebase, 14th World Conference on Transport Research, Shanghai .
  • Marsden G; Frick KT; May AD; Deakin E (2010) The importance and difficulty of policy learning across cities, World Conference on Transport Research Society, Selected Proceedings .
  • May AD (2010) URBAN TRANSPORT AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE KEY CHALLENGES, TRANSPORTATION AND URBAN SUSTAINABILITY pp.5-15.
  • May AD (2010) URBAN TRANSPORT AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE KEY CHALLENGES, PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION (ICSU 2010) pp.588-597.
  • May AD; Shepherd SP; Sumalee A; Koh A (2008) Design tools for road pricing cordons, pp.138-158.
  • May AD; Page M; Hull A (2007) Decision support tools for sustainable urban transport, Wold Conference of Transportation Research 2007, Berkeley, California, 24-28th June. .
  • Shepherd SP; Koh A; May AD (2007) How to design effective road pricing cordons, 11th World Conference on Transportation Research, Berkeley, USA 24-28th June 2007 .
  • May AD; Crass M (2006) Sustainable urban travel: implementing sustainable urban travel policies: applying the 2001 key messages., ECMT, Paris 2006 .
  • Shepherd SP; Timms PM; May AD (2006) Modelling requirements for Local Transport Plans in the UK, In: May AD (Ed) 10th World Conference on Transport Research, Istanbul, July 2004 13, pp.307-317.
  • May AD (2006) Congestion charging in the UK, Proc Citizens and mobility management. Madrid, UPM. .
  • Winder A; May AD; El-Araby K (2005) Urban transport performance and policy: results of a European public perception survey, 32nd European Transport Conference, London, PTRC .
  • May AD (2005) Overcoming institutional barriers to the implementation of integrated transport strategies, Proc ECMT/MLIT workshop on implementing sustainable urban travel policies in Japan and other Asia- Pacific countries .
  • Bristow AL; Pridmore AM; Tight MR; May AD (2004) Low Carbon Transport Futures: How Acceptable are They?, 10th World Conference on Transport Research .
  • May AD; Costain A; Richards MG (2004) The Transport Planning Skills Initiative: results of a ten point action plan, Proc 31st European Transport Conference, London, PTRC .
  • May AD (2004) Regulatory and fiscal tools to manage demand for car use in cities, Proc ECMT conference on implementing sustainable urban travel policies in Russia and other CIS countries, Moscow .
  • Pridmore AM; Balmforth PJ; Bristow AL; Tight MR; May AD (2004) Application of an innovative interview technique for exploring households' adaptation strategies in reducing CO2 emissions from transport, 31st European Transport Conference, Strasbourg .
  • May AD; Sumalee A (2003) One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? An Overview of Road Pricing Applications and Research Outside the United States, International Symposium on Road Pricing, Key Biscayne, Florida, 2003 / International perspectives on road pricing pp.73-91.
  • Pridmore AM; Bristow AL; May AD; Tight MR (2003) Low Carbon Transport: Is It Achievable?, 30th European Transport Conference, Strasbourg 8-10 October 2003. .
  • May AD (2003) Development of an international knowledgebase on urban transport policy instruments, Proceeidngs of the 9th World Conference on Transport Research .
  • May AD (2003) Institutional Co-Ordination in the UK: the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Variable System., ECMT/USDoT Workshop on Fostering Successful Implementation of Sustainable Urban Travel Policies, Washington DC, 2003. .
  • Hills PJ; Liu R; May AD; Schmoecker J; Shepherd SP (2003) Characterising congestion on urban road networks, In: Park C-H (Ed) Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Transport Research 2, .
  • Jaensirisak S; May AD; Wardman MR (2002) Designing acceptable and effective road user charging schemes, International Conference on Seamless and Sustainable Transport, Singapore, November 2002. .
  • Jaensirisak S; May AD; Wardman MR (2002) Acceptability and effectiveness of road user charging, 29th European Transport Conference .
  • Jaensirisak S; Sumalee A; May AD (2002) Assessment of Congestion Charging Schemes: UK Case Study, 8th National Convention on Civil Engineering, Thailand, 2002. .
  • Mitchell G; Namdeo AK; Lockyer J; May AD (2002) The impact of road pricing and other strategic road transport initiatives on urban air quality , 8th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, Seville, March 13-15, 2002 .
  • Mitchell G; Namdeo A; Lockyer J; May AD (2002) The impact of road pricing and other strategic road transport initiatives on urban air quality, ADV TRANSPORT 12, pp.481-490.
  • Sumalee A; May AD; Milne DS (2002) Optimal Locations for Road Pricing Cordons, International Conference on Seamless and Sustainable Transport, Singapore .
  • May AD; Taylor MAP (2002) KonSULT - developing an international knowledgebase on urban transport policy instruments, 25th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Canberra, October 2002. .
  • May AD; Macgill SM; Groves J (2002) KonSULT: an international knowledgebase on sustainable urban land use and transport, Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington. .
  • May AD; Milne DS; Shepherd SP; Sumalee A (2002) The Specification of Optimal Cordon Cordon Pricing Locations and Charges, 81st Annual TRB Meeting, Washington, 2002. pp.60-68.
  • Jaensirisak S; May AD; Wardman MR (2001) Effects of road pricing systems on acceptability, pp.475-490.
  • Simmonds D; May AD; Bates JJ (2001) A new look at multi-modal modelling, In: PTRC L (Ed) European Transport Conference, 2001 .
  • Jaensirisak S; May AD; Wardman MR (2001) Acceptability of road user charging: sensitivity to system characteristics and individuals' perspectives, THINK-UP Workshop, "Policy Factors and Mobility Prediction: Transport Planning & Modelling", Vienna. .
  • Tight MR; May AD; Conner M; Gerrard WJ (2000) Transport demand management in historic cities. Proceedings European Transport Conference 2000, In: London PTRC (Ed) European Transport Conference .
  • May AD; Milne DS (2000) The impact on network performance of drivers' response to alternative road pricing regimes, Proceedings Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington DC .
  • Namdeo AK; Mitchell G; Dixon G; May AD; Kay D (2000) A new approach to model air quality and health implications of transport scenarios, In: PTRC (Ed) Proceedings European Transport Conference 2000 P439, pp.13-24.
  • May AD; Milne DS (1999) The design of effective road pricing systems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Conference, New Frontiers and Challenges, Bangkok .
  • Namdeo AK; Dixon RK; Mitchell G; May AD; Kay D (1999) Development and application of TEMMS, a suite of programs for modelling and mapping of urban traffic, 92nd Annual Meeting of the Air and Waste Management Association, St. Louis, Missouri, June 20-24, 1999 pp.pp.16.
  • May AD (1999) Making the links: car use and traffic management measures in the policy package, ECMT/OECD workshop on managing car use for sustainable transport, Dublin .
  • May AD (1999) The development of integrated transport systems, Civil and Environmental Engineering Conference, New Frontiers and Challenges .
  • Still BG; May AD; Bristow AL (1999) Transport impacts on land use: potential methods and their relevance to strategic planning, In: Meersman H; Van DVE; Winkelmans W (Ed) 8th World Conference on Transport Research, held in Antwerp, Belgium, July 4, .
  • May AD; Bonsall PW; Hills PJ (1998) The impacts of different road user charging systems, Proceedings of Transport into the next Millennium Conference, Singapore .
  • Bristow AL; May AD (1998) Towards the sustainable city: the impact of transport land use interactions, EPSRC/ESRC Sustainable Cities Network Workshop, Achieving Sustainable Development, assessing the human, spatial and temporal dimensions. Leeds .
  • Ghali MO; Smith MJ; May AD; Milne DS (1998) The Implications of Alternative Road Pricing Systems for Public Transport and for the Equity of Road Travellers, Proceedings 26th European Transport Forum, held at Loughborough University, September. London, PTRC Education and Research Services Ltd. Seminar C, Policy Planning and Sustainability, Vol II, p .
  • May AD; Bonsall PW; Hills PJ (1998) Evaluation of driver responses to road user charging systems, Proceedings IEE Ninth International Conference on Road Transport Information and Control, IEE Conference Publication pp.30-34.
  • May AD; Milne DS; Van Vliet D; Smith MJ; Wisten MB (1997) A comparison of the performance of alternative road pricing systems, In: Hensher; A D; King; J; Oum; T (Ed) Selected Proceedings from the 7th World Conference on Transport Research 3, pp.335-346.
  • May AD (1997) Transport strategies to improve the competitiveness of European cities, Moving On: Transport and the Economy after the Election .
  • May AD (1997) Can transport be sustainable?, British Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Festival .
  • May AD; Mitchell G; Kupiszewska D (1996) The Quantifiable City: the development of a modelling framework for urban sustainability research, In: Vergata UORT (Ed) COST UCE Workshop on Information Systems and Processes for Urban Civil Engineering Application .
  • May AD (1996) Funding transport packages, Conference on Transport Futures, Wellington .
  • Bonsall PW; May AD (1990) Evaluation of route guidance systems, Proc of CSS seminar "Resolving Traffic Conflict" pp.1-12.
  • Bonsall PW; May AD (1989) Evaluation of in-vehicle route guidance systems, Proceedings of 17th PTRC Summer Conference pp.253-264.

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