Tube departing

Access news and information about transport issues. You can read our latest research outputs, features, case studies and other relevant content.


Most recent features

Show all

Why young drivers hit the road

Feature | 15 January 2015 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Using data from the esrc-funded understanding society study, a new report from the rac foundation has explored trends in car use amongst young adults.

More cycling and walking with the right infrastructure

Feature | 16 August 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A cedar research project looking into commuting patterns of driving versus walking cycling or public transport suggests that improved convenience can promote the uptake of such 'active commuting'.

Privatised rail: public profit or public loss?

Feature | 07 June 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Public sector

The privatised rail system relies upon billions of pounds of hidden subsidies from the tax payer and has failed to bring in private investment, according to research from the esrc centre for research on socio-cultural change.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Still ship pollution in regulated zones

Feature | 26 February 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Regulations controlling air pollution from ships might be ineffective, suggests esrc-funded research. A minority of berthing ships in the uk and sweden are burning high-sulphur fuel in restricted control areas.

Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

Feature | 31 January 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent national growth council are key recommendations in the final report from the lse ...

Making cities pedestrian-friendly

Feature | 04 October 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The parc study, funded through the esrc-supported national prevention research initiative, has analysed the effect and 'walkability' of pedestrian-friendly spaces in east belfast.

Pioneering computer model measures health impact of green transport

Feature | 19 September 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The integrated transport and health impact model, developed at the esrc-supported centre for diet and activity research, enables transport planners to predict how different patterns of transport use impact on health.

No panic for petrol

Feature | 30 March 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

The queuing and bulk-buying of petrol is not 'panic buying' but logical, given people's reasonable beliefs about others' behaviour and mistrust of the authorities, argues dr john drury, researching crowd psychology in emergencies.

Case studies

Most recent case studies

Show all

Helping the environment with social marketing

Case Study | 08 August 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Using social marketing techniques, researchers at the university of exeter have influenced defra policy in segmenting audiences for behavioural change campaigns, and developed a ‘green travel’ app for holidays.

Environmental law website

Case Study | 15 October 2009 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by esrc researchers at cardiff university, working in partnership with the uk environment law association.

Calculating carbon footprints

Case Study | 15 October 2008 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop pas 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.

Press releases

Most recent press releases

Show all

Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

Press Release | 12 March 2010 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The winner of the 2010 economic and social research council (esrc) knowledge transfer partnership prize for the best application of social or management science has saved the bradford and airedale teaching primary care trust (pct) an estimated £350,0 ...


Most recent grants

Show all

Consumer data research support service (cdrss)

Professor Mark Birkin | Management & Business Studies | 14 February 2014

The project will work in collaboration with ucl to establish a consumer data research centre (cdrc) for the provision of new forms of ‘big data’ which are emerging in consumer markets. Big data are continually changing (eg traffic sensors ...

Urban big data

Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah | Human Geography | 30 January 2014

The urban big data research centre (ubdrc) will provide a unique facility for researching complex and cross-cutting urban issues such as transport, employment, migration, housing, education and social exclusion. The centre will bring together an inte ...

Counter-piracy governance: a praxiographic analysis

Dr Christian Bueger | Security Studies | 09 November 2013

Maritime piracy is  back on the agenda of world politics. How is the international community responding to piracy and what makes it so difficult to address the problem? this three year research project analyses the international response to cont ...

Administrative data research centre - scotland

Dr Christopher Dibben | 01 November 2013

The administrative data research centre (adrc) - scotland aims to make research and make available de-identified administrative data to the research community. The adrc will have a core service that will: provide state-of-the-art facilities for rese ...

Administrative data service

Ms Melanie Wright | 01 October 2013

Access to administrative data for research is a positive public good. The ability to use these records - collected in the course of business by governmental and other bodies - and to link them can greatly enhance the ability to do the research modern ...

Local economic growth what works centre

Professor Henry Overman | Economics | 01 September 2013

The what works centre for local economic growth aims to significantly improve how evidence is used to design and deliver policies for local growth and employment, leading to more effective policies and policymaking. Its main users will be local autho ...

Illicit economies and the spaces of circulation

Professor N Gregson | 01 August 2013

This research is concerned with examining the flows of goods in globalisation. Whilst most academic work focuses on how and where goods are produced, consumed and disposed of, relatively little addresses the circulation of goods in the global economy ...


Most recent outputs

Show all

Key findings esk00445x1

Kiron Chatterjee | 30 September 2014 | Sociology | End of Grant Report

Key findings esk00445x1

Impact report res-062-23-3173

Sarah Rosalind Palmer | 30 September 2014 | Economic & Social History | End of Grant Report

Impact report res-062-23-3173

Impact report - esj0105881

Geraint Ellis | 30 September 2014 | Environmental Planning | End of Grant Report

Impact report - esj0105881

Transport in the media

Rachel Aldred | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Organised event

A two day symposium, organised as part of my cemore visiting research fellowship.

Cultures of cycling

Rachel Aldred | 01 May 2014 | Sociology | Seminar/workshop

Invited talk at the ucl "cycling and culture" symposium organised by tom cohen (deputy director, ucl transport institute)