Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)


Developing policy-relevant knowledge for an uncertain future.

The resilience theme seeks to understand the relationships between infrastructures, mobility and society which shape the impacts and adaptability of disruptive events. It also explores what should be done, by whom and what the implications are for different parts of society, for network operators or service providers and for governmental agencies and politicians. 

  • Understanding variability in travel patterns and potential adaptability or vulnerability of individuals and communities in time and space 
  • Predicting how travellers will adapt, and what this means for network management in periods of significant uncertainty 
  • Rethinking new opportunities to communicate with travellers and agencies in real-time with context sensitive information
  • Reassessing the economic impacts of disruptive events, determining how these events might be more effectively managed and governed, and thinking about the potential for behavioural change to reduce the negative effects of disruption.

We work with the School of Civil Engineering and the Priestly International Centre for Climate at the University bringing together debates across mathematics, geography, engineering, computer science, ethics, economics and politics. 

Our aim is to conduct intellectually inspiring research which advances theory and makes a real difference to practice. 

We run workshops and training courses to advance the understanding of resilience and to engage partners in the co-production of future research. 

Our stakeholders include the International Transport Forum, Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Calderdale Council, City of York Council and the Association of Train Operating Companies.

For further information, please contact: Professor Greg Marsden