Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Eva Heinen

University Academic Fellow

Phone: 31790
Room: 1.14
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences

Eva is a transport research scientist with an interest in active travel. She studies individual travel behaviour: Why people travel, where they travel to, and particularly which transport modes they use. In her research she seeks to test causal relationships and employ a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative. Her research focusses on:

  • Determinants of active travel, particularly cycling;
  • Behavioural change;
  • ‘Soft factors’ and individual transport choices;
  • Evaluating intervention in the built environment on travel behaviour;
  • Variability and stability of behaviour.


Background and experience

Eva joined ITS as an University Academic Fellow in October 2015. Before that she worked at the University of Cambridge in the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology and Center of Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), as well as Delft University of Technology where she held a fellowship of the Dutch Research Council (VENI) on travel behaviour change. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor of Infrastructure Planning and Mobility at the Department of Spatial Planning & Environment at the University of Groningen. She received her PhD on the topic of ‘Bicycle commuting’ in 2011 from Delft University of Technology and continued working there as a researcher. Before her academic career, she worked at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Netherlands, the Netherlands Institute of Spatial Research (RPB) and the Transport Department of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.


Eva is involved in international scientific networks and organizer/co-organizer of paper reviews and programming for two major conferences (WCTR & TRB).



  • PhD Transportation – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2011
  • MSc Urban and Regional Planning – University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2005
  • BSc  Architecture – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2004


Heinen E. & Chatterjee, K. (2015) The same mode again? An exploration of mode choice variability in Great Britain using the National Travel Survey. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 78, 266–282.

Schepers P., E. Fishman, R. Beelen, E. Heinen, W. Wijnen & J. Parkin (in press) The mortality impact of bicycle paths and lanes related to physical activity, air pollution exposure and road safety. Journal of Transport & Health. In press.

Panter J, E. Heinen, R. Mackett R. & D. Ogilvie. (in press) Impact of new transport infrastructure on walking, cycling and physical activity. Am J Prev Med. In press.

Heinen E., J. Panter, R. Mackett & D. Ogilvie (2015) Changes in mode of travel to work: a natural experimental study of new transport infrastructure. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12, 81.

Heinen E., J. Panter, A. Dalton, A. Jones & D. Ogilvie (2015) Sociospatial patterning of the use of new transport infrastructure: walking, cycling and bus travel on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. Journal of Transport and Health, 2, 199–211.

Hamersma M., E. Heinen, T. Tillema, J. Arts. (2015) Residential moving intentions at highway locations: the trade-off between nuisances and accessibility in the Netherlands. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 35, 130–141

Heinen, E., R.L. Steiner &  K.T. Geurs (2015). Editorial special issue: Built environment and travel behaviour. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 15(1), 1-5.

Heinen, E. & W. Bohte (2014). Multimodal Commuting to Work by Public Transport and Bicycle. Attitudes Toward Mode Choice. Transportation Research Record, 2468, 111–122.

Schepers, P., E. Heinen, R. Methorst & F. Wegman (2013) Road safety and bicycle usage impacts of unbundling vehicular and cycle traffic in Dutch urban networks, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 13 (3), 221-238.

Heinen, E., K. Maat & G.P. van Wee (2013). The effect of work-related factors on the bicycle commute mode choice in the Netherlands, Transportation 40, 23-43.

Schepers, P. & E. Heinen (2013). How does a modal shift from short car trips to cycling affect road safety? Accident Analysis & Prevention 50, 1118-27

Heinen, E., S.L. Handy (2012) Similarities in Attitudes and Norms, and its Effect on the Decision to Commute by Bicycle. Evidence from two Bicycle Cities: Davis and Delft. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 6 (5), 257-281.

Heinen, E. & K. Maat (2012) Are longitudinal Data unavoidable? Measuring Variation in Bicycle Mode Choice. Transportation Research Record , 2314, 72-80.

Heinen, E., K. Maat & G.P. van Wee (2011). The day-to-day choice (not) to commute by bicycle. Transportation Research Record, Travel Behavior, 1 (2230), 9-18.

Heinen, E., K. Maat & G.P. van Wee (2011). The role of attitudes toward characteristics of bicycle commuting on the choice to cycle to work over various distances. Transportation Research Part D 16(2), 102-109.

Heinen, E., G.P. van Wee, K. Maat, H.-X. Gao & X.-L. Ma (2011) Commuting by bicycle: An overview of Literature (translated in Chinese). Urban Transport of China 9(2), 80-94.

Heinen, E., G.P. van Wee & K. Maat (2010) Bicycle Use for Commuting: a Literature Overview. Transport Reviews 30 (1), 59-96.



I would very much welcome co-operation with other scholars interested in similar fields. I am also open to enquiries from new MSc and PhD students, and discuss possibilities.


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