Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Zia Wadud

Associate Professor

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 38768 (ITS); +44 (0)113 34 37733 (CIER)
Room: 2.15 (ITS); G.20 (CIER)
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Dr Wadud holds a joint appointment with the Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER, at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE,

Key Research Interests

  • Transportation, energy and environment
  • Econometric modeling (energy/transport)
  • Tradable permits
  • Developing countries
  • Aviation
  • Impacts of vehicle automation

Employment History

  • 2012-present,University Research Fellow, Centre for Integrated Energy Research, Institute for Transport Studies and School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Leeds
  • 2011-2012, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engg., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • 2008-2011, 2004, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engg., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • 2008, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2007-2008, Research Associate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
  • 1999-2002, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engg., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


  • PhD, Imperial College London, 2008
  • MDevTech, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • MSc (Civil Engg.), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2002
  • BSc (Civil Engg.), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1999

Professional Engagements

  • Member of the Editorial Expert Panel, Proceedings of the ICE: Energy
  • Member, Committee on Transportation Energy, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Member, Committee on Aviation Economics and Forecasting, TRB
  • Member, Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy, TRB
  • Member, Engineers Institution, Bangladesh

Research Grants (at Leeds)

  • Microsimulation of energy and emissions impacts of self-driving vehicles, Arup Global Challenges
  • Modeling Residential and Transport Energy for Downstream Policies, Marie Curie Actions, (PI)
  • Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand Centre, RCUK

Other Ongoing Research

  • First order estimate of energy implications of autonomous vehicles (policy briefing here:
  • Asymmetry in fuel demand using household data
  • Diesel demand in the freight sector
  • Heterogeneity in transport energy elasticities in the UK

Doctoral Research Students

  • Richard Riley, CO2 benefits of hybrid vehicles for taxi fleet
  • Holly Edwards, Low carbon cockpit: reducing fuel use in aircraft operations (completed 2015)
  • Abdullah Alsebaei, Solid waste management in Mina during the Hajj season (completed 2015)
  • Khaled Abdullah, Traffic modelling of automated vehicles
  • Xudong Chen (visiting), Environmental traffic capacity
  • Kate Palmer, Modeling energy and emissions implications of future transport fleet
  • Charlotte Stead, Biodiesel for Indian Railway
  • AVIA3030 Aviation Futures
  • TRAN5231M Global Issues in Transportation
  • CAPE5470M Policy and Economics for Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Supervision of Undergraduate, Masters and PhD dissertations at ITS, SCAPE, Civil Engg. & Business School


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