Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)


Energy and, in particular, energy security is a major global agenda.

Transport consumes a fifth of global energy and is overwhelmingly dependent on petroleum. The provision of sustainable, low carbon and secure sources of energy to fuel the future transport system is a formidable challenge and an exciting opportunity at the same time. 

Some of the specific expertise and current activities which make us particularly well placed to address this challenge are: 

  • In the ModeRATED project we are expanding the fuel demand modelling techniques by assessing residential energy demand together with that of transport to gain a better understanding of the demand side of energy transition. 
  • We are examining the assumptions around infrastructures, legislation, social norms and policy design to develop future cityscapes that require less energy in the DEMAND Centre and the Disruption project, both funded by the RCUK Energy Programme. 
  • Strength in operations, network and flow modelling improves the research and practice in transport system operations with direct energy impacts. We are able to tie this together with advanced in-vehicle systems design, demonstrated by the ecoDriver project
  • Understanding the energy use and related carbon impacts of transport infrastructures such as highway management and how to include these impacts in decision support. 
  • Blue-sky research in innovative policies advances the academic knowledge in energy transition tools. For example our work on tradable permits for personal transport or energy use could have profound impact in innovations and practices in transport energy use in the future. 
  • Collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering (e.g. Centre for Integrated Energy Research and the Energy Research Institute) and other schools such as Business, Sociology and Psychology reflect our holistic approach to address transport’s energy challenges.

Recent publications:

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For further information, please contact: Professor Jillian Anable or Dr Zia Wadud