Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Ian Philips

Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 30960
Room: 1.16
Research Group: Social and Political Sciences


 Key Research Interests

  • Walking and cycling
  • GIS and spatial analysis to understand transport issues
  • Social assessment of transport schemes
  • Sustainability and resilience



PhD University of Leeds 2014: The potential role of walking and cycling to increase resilience of transport systems to future external shocks (Creating an indicator of who could get to work by walking and cycling if there was no fuel for motorised transport).

  • MSc Geographic Information Science; University of Leeds 2010 
  • PGCE; University of Leeds 2004
  • BSc Geography; Leicester 1994


Employment History

December 2014 – Present Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies

Main areas of work prior to research:

  • Environmental project management for youth organizations
  • Teaching (Secondary)


Research groups I participate in outside ITS

Multi-Agent Systems and Simulation

Royal Geographical Society Transport Geography Research Group.

 Twitter account: @IanPhilipsITS

Current and recent projects: 



Efforts to reduce the emissions from car travel have so far been hampered by a lack of specific information on car ownership and use. The Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends in the UK (MOT) project seeks to address this by bringing together new sources of data to give a spatially and disaggregated diagnosis of car ownership and use in Great Britain and the associated energy demand and emissions. Link here


Measuring the social impacts of road projects

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses, this project is the first of its kind in the UK to identify the social impacts on the local community arising from a road improvement scheme. Link here


Understandings of transport resilience: A pilot project examining the understandings of transport resilience held by different stakeholder groups. Link here


Engaging with policy makers; using results from my PhD to encourage UK policy makers to consider resilience 


Disruption project   Analysis of data collected from surveys examining different disruptions.  




GEOG5231: GIS and planning


I am the module convenor for this MSc online distance learning module  


TRAN1011 / 1021 Challenges in Transport and Mobility


GEOG 2035 Geographies of Economies


I am involved with the development of modules for the new MSc programmes at ITS


TRAN5115M:  Sustainable Spatial Planning and Analysis

Introduction to GIS for MSc transport students

Supervision of MSc dissertations

  • Effects of urban realm improvements on cyclist behaviour in London
  • A GIS analysis of the University Travel Survey.


Other teaching includes

  • MSc European field trip curriculum design
  • Outreach 



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