Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Erik Thomasson

Research & Innovation Manager

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 31798
Room: 2.06

Key Responsibilities

As Research & Innovation Development Manager (RIDM) based in the Institute for Transport Studies I am responsible for building and managing relationships and for developing effective mechanisms to harness the University of Leeds’ world-leading intellectual capacity in the transport-systems field to deliver real social and economic benefits. My role is to consolidate transport-related research excellence from across the University and deliver a coordinated ‘offer’ to potential external customers and partners in order to promote essential business links. My role connects in with a strategic programme which aims to leverage expertise across the University to address cross-disciplinary real-world 'Grand Challenges'. 

On a practical level, this involves a range of activities including:

  • Developing bespoke University/industry partnerships that respond to grand research and innovation challenges identified by the UK and EC
  • Developing collaborative research opportunities with partners
  • Setting up two-way knowledge transfer activities and secondments 
  • Identifying opportunities for industry to fund and sponsor cohorts of PhD students confronting challenges directly relevant to industrial employers
  • Raising awareness of and enabling access to the University's state-of-the-art research facilities
  • Accessing joint funds to facilitate these initiatives.

Employment History

  • Research & Innovation Development Manager, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (August 2015 to date)
  • Business Development Manager, Transport Systems Hub, University of Leeds (March 2012 - August 2015)
  • Research and Development Manager (Bradford Observatory), City of Bradford MDC (May 2009-February 2012)
  • Head of Service, Research and Consultation, City of Bradford MDC (May 2005-May 2009)
  • Geographical Information Systems Manager, City of Bradford MDC (December 1998-May 2005)


  • PhD. Logistics (University of Huddersfield, 1993)
  • MSc. Transport Planning and Engineering (University of Leeds, 1988)
  • BSc. (Hons) Human Ecology (Huddersfield Polytechnic, 1986).


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