The UTSG Electronic Mailing List

An Email based mailing list has been established by the Universities Transport Study Group (UTSG). The list provides an electronic discussion forum and information resource for researchers in the field of transport primarily, but not exclusively, in the academic community.

The list was established in October 1993, and has a steadily growing membership, including researchers in all continents of the World.

The aim of the list is to facilitate information sharing, (e.g. news of new research, conferences, seminars and workshops) and to promote links, collaborative working, joint problem-solving and mutual support. Depending on the level of usage of the list and on demand, sub-lists may be set up in the future for special interests or particular types of information.

The list is administered by the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. It is one of several hundred lists managed by the JISCmail facility funded by the Higher and Further Education Councils of the UK.

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Dear Colleagues

This 24th Living and Walking in Cities conference at Europe's leading centre for research into reclaiming the streets of our cities for the people is entitled Pedestrians, urban spaces and health.

The call for papers and other details can be found at

Richard Allsop
Centre for Transport Studies
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT [...]
Posted: January 21, 2019, 7:21 pm
Dear all,

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) is hosting academic engagement events across the UK in February and March 2019. We will be visiting Glasgow, Manchester and London, to bring together researchers and knowledge exchange experts from across the UK who are working in Intelligent Mobility to give an insight into TSC’s future plans and opportunities. [...]
Posted: January 21, 2019, 1:52 pm
SI: Dynamic Modelling and Optimisation of Transportation Systems in the Connected Era

This special issue in Transportmetrica B focuses on the development of quantitative modelling and optimisation approaches for transportation systems management with the use of advanced sensing, communication, and information technologies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: [...]
Posted: January 21, 2019, 12:11 pm
Hi David

I was interested to read about your book so had a quick look at the website. I’m particularly interested in inclusive cycling (ie for disabled people) so was surprised to find (under the section "The less well off lose out again"):

"The evidence is sparse and much of the health debate in transport is over trying to get more people walking and cycling. This provides an excellent starting point; it is beneficial for personal health and for the quality of the local environment, and these forms of transport are available to all, but the disabled.“ [...]
Posted: January 20, 2019, 9:53 pm
Apologies for cross-posting. Please see below details of a special issue for the Journal of Sustainable Tourism (IF: 3.329).
Transport, Tourism and Environmental Crisis
Guest Editor: Dr Debbie Hopkins, University of Oxford,<>
This special issue seeks to examine the complex relationships between transport, tourism mobilities and environmental crises. Drawing from interdisciplinary thinking on risks, hazards, and crises, the special issue seeks wide-ranging contributions that uncover the socio-political, ethical, cultural, and spatial dimensions of environmental crises and their intersections with tourism. Such crises are diverse in scale, geographical, socio-cultural and economic impacts, system effects and more. This includes the often-reported [...]
Posted: January 20, 2019, 9:15 am
Dear Friends

I am happy to say that my self-published book - Inequality in Transport - is selling well - please see the book website

It is now available on Amazon in paperback as well as a kindle book

UK listing

US listing https://

Please keep the orders coming in and spreading the word
Many thanks [...]
Posted: January 18, 2019, 10:44 am
Dear all,

The Social Dynamics team at Nokia Bell Labs Cambridge (UK) is looking for
summer interns to work on the following internship projects (

1. Visual AI. Creating new beautiful and elegant techniques to display and
visualize the results of state-of-the-art artificial intelligence models.
Experience with Web Design and Frontend Development (HTML5, Javascript, D3) [...]
Posted: January 18, 2019, 10:37 am
Please note the following conference opportunity (with apologies for cross-posting)
Posted: January 17, 2019, 4:52 pm
My report, "Autonomous Vehicle Implementation Predictions: Implications
for Transport Planning" ( ) investigates how
quickly self-driving vehicles are likely to be developed and deployed,
and their penetration into new vehicle markets and vehicle fleets, based
on experience with previous vehicle technologies. It also evaluates
their benefits and costs, and how they are likely to affect travel
demands and planning decisions such as optimal road, parking and public
transit supply. This analysis indicates that some benefits, such as more
independent mobility for affluent non-drivers, may begin in the 2020s or
2030s, but most impacts, including reduced traffic and parking
congestion (and [...]
Posted: January 17, 2019, 12:17 pm
With apologies for any cross-posting, this is always an interesting and informative experience for participants:

What: 13th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation – Mobility Systems for Open and Happy Cities

The theme of 13th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation will be Mobility Systems for Open and Happy Cities, in synergy with the 15th NECTAR conference theme, and underlying Nordic values of transparency and citizen well-being. The activities will include lectures, site visit and envisioning workshops, all focused on various aspects of planning and policy, including technological trends and variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. The lecturers will include [...]
Posted: January 17, 2019, 8:50 am
Dear Tom

I am currently working on rather more basic transport problems in the
South Pacific, but I retain an interest in research on new urban and
rural road technologies

I spent some time in BR before privatisation working on the assessment
of rail projects.  One aspect which recurred was the striking
difference  between assumptions on the reliability of old and new
proposals and the manner in which system breakdown might occur.  Yes, we
knew all about the problems of the existing, but it was very hard to
find hard analysis of new technology proposals and both future
reliability of [...]
Posted: January 17, 2019, 7:13 am

I am sure I am not alone in being asked the question how MaaS and CAVs may affect the future operation of transport systems. Some colleagues have responded to that challenge by developing new transport modelling approaches, for example agent-based models, and I have seen some impressive results.

However, from what I have seen, rather than the model approach, it is mainly the assumptions about the new mode alternatives that determine the outcomes, irrespective of whether these are applied in traditional four-step models or using more advanced techniques. For example, what is the assumed speed or road capacity increase [...]
Posted: January 17, 2019, 5:36 am
*What*: 13th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation
– Mobility Systems for Open and Happy Cities

The theme of 13th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation
will be *Mobility
Systems for Open and Happy Cities*, in synergy with the 15th NECTAR
conference theme, and underlying Nordic values of transparency and citizen
well-being. The activities will include lectures, site visit and
envisioning workshops, all focused on various aspects of planning and
policy, including technological trends and variety of quantitative and
qualitative methods. The lecturers will include renowned experts from Aalto
University, as well as University of Amsterdam, Tel Aviv University, Simon
Posted: January 16, 2019, 4:03 pm
Dear all,

The School of Engineering at Newcastle University is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD studentship titled, ‘Designing Electric vehicle Commuter travel ENvironments for fuTure LifestYles (DECENTLY)’. This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP funded by the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC).

The details about the project and application process are available at the following link: [...]
Posted: January 16, 2019, 3:28 pm
Dear Colleagues,

The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are delighted to announce the launch of joint four-year PhD studentships, for entry in academic year 2019/20. 12 scholarships are available covering a stipend, tuition fees at Home/EU rates and travel funds.

More information:

Application deadline: 5.00pm, Monday 21 January 2019. Interviews will take place in February 2019. [...]
Posted: January 16, 2019, 3:28 pm
Dear all,
I thought this seminar on the ageing workforce of professional drivers we are putting on in two weeks’ time might be of interest to the transport community.
The Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research will be holding a free seminar entitled ‘Considering Health and Wellbeing in an Ageing Workforce. Developing best practice guidelines through the Age, Health and Professional Drivers' Network’, which will take place in the SURF Room, Fulton House at Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus, Swansea, Wales, on Wednesday 30th January 2019 from 12 to 2pm. [...]
Posted: January 16, 2019, 11:12 am
TDM Symposium – 19th-21st June 2019, Edinburgh
TDM2019 Call for Papers – Abstract submission deadline: 31st January 2019

Travel demand management (TDM) tools and techniques have progressed over the last few decades to include new policies, technologies, vehicle and fuel types. Other soft measures have also been introduced such as raising awareness and education policies. The aim of TDM is to improve the efficiency of the transportation system and promote further use of more efficient and smarter modes of transportation in the sense to achieve a sustainable transport system. The Public transportation system and ITS are at the heart of [...]
Posted: January 15, 2019, 1:44 pm
Dear colleagues,

We invite *letters/short communications with max 6 pages double column* for
a special issue on the topic of Emerging Mobility Services to appear in
Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation
Research. Specifically, we invite submissions contributing new models or
mathematical formulations, supporting decision-making, informing on policy
implications, exploring behaviour through data analysis and discussing
lessons learned from realistic case studies. [...]
Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:31 am
Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, we would like to invite you to attend the 24th international conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS) in Hong Kong, 14-16 December, 2019. The objective of the HKSTS conference is to gather international and local professionals in the area of transportation to present their work and contributions, disseminate research results, and discuss future developments. Practitioners and academics are cordially invited to share their knowledge, experience and insights on the design, analytics, investigations, analysis, planning, operation, engineering, co-ordination and management of transport systems and their impacts. The technical program [...]
Posted: January 14, 2019, 3:02 pm
WISE-ACT Training School 2019

Within the framework of WISE-ACT, a EU-funded COST Action, we are organizing a Training School on Autonomous Transport. The Training School will be hosted by the Technion<> (Haifa, Israel) and will take place between 26th - 28th March 2019. The focus of this Training School will be on Modelling and Policy Analysis Tools to Explore the Future of Autonomous and Connected Transport. [...]
Posted: January 14, 2019, 9:37 am
Dear colleagues,

The Division of Transport Planning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm is seeking well-qualified candidates for a postdoc position in transport planning focusing on optimization and simulation. Emphasis is on methodological development for optimizing large, complex rail and public transport systems, encompassing system design, strategic and tactical planning and operations. The candidate is offered the opportunity to work on cutting-edge transportation research in a dynamic international research environment in close collaboration with industry and universities worldwide. The chosen candidate will be a part of the Train Transport group and the Urban Mobility group. [...]
Posted: January 14, 2019, 7:24 am
Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attention to the following Special Session, we are organizing on "Unravelling Choice Set Compositions in the Era of Large-scale Revealed Preference Data”, in the International Choice Modelling Conference (ICMC) 2019 (​19-21 August in Kobe, Japan). For conference site see:

The special session will be followed by a corresponding special issue in the Journal of Choice Modelling. [...]
Posted: January 13, 2019, 8:53 pm
Postdoc Position (University Assistant, must hold a Doctorate/Ph.D. degree)

for a full-time, five-year position

at the Chair for Sustainable Transport Logistics 4.0

Job Reference Number: 3696

Job Duties:

n Conduct independent research on topics relevant to automated, interconnected and cooperative transportation logistics at the chair for Sustainable Transport Logistics 4.0

n Conceive and develop research grant applications [...]
Posted: January 13, 2019, 12:51 pm
Re: Inaugural Parcel Hackathon (1-2 March 2019 in central London)
hosted by CitySprint, FTC2050, Transport for London and Geovation.

Of potential interest to UTSG members with an interest in goods transport sustainability.
Deadline for expression of interest is 25th January.
Details below.

Fraser McLeod
Research Fellow
Transportation Research Group
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Southampton

Parcel Hack 2019 - 1st & 2nd March 2019 [...]
Posted: January 12, 2019, 2:46 pm
**with apologies for cross-posting**

Call for submissions on "Current and Emerging Research in Transport" RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 27-30 August 2019, London, UK. Session sponsored by Transport Geography Research Group.

Session convenors: Suzanne Maas (University of Malta) -, Freke Caset (Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) -, Samuel Nello-Deakin (University of Amsterdam) - [...]
Posted: January 11, 2019, 4:49 pm
I apologize in advance for cross-posting.

EURO 2019 - 30th European Conference on Operational Research (<> ) - takes place in Dublin, Ireland, June 23-26, 2019.
For your easy reference you find the second call for papers below.

If you would like to organize a session or submit an abstract for the invited stream "OR Applications in Industry" co-organized by
Lukas Bach and myself, please contact us (<> or<> ).
The deadline for submission is February 8, 2019. [...]
Posted: January 10, 2019, 4:12 pm
CILT(UK) ‘Seed-Corn’ Research Fund 2019/2020

Submissions Invited from UK and Irish University Researchers

Closing Date: Friday 28 June 2019

Guidelines for Applicants
The fund provides a small research grant on a ‘seed-corn’ basis to enable logistics, supply chain and public transport/planning researchers based at UK and Republic of Ireland universities to explore issues of current, practical and academic interest. Preference will be given to projects which aim to investigate or improve current practice. [...]
Posted: January 10, 2019, 11:00 am

To confirm, the closing date for this post is 7th February 2019. Updated in the below and in the linked job advertisement.

Many thanks,


Elizabeth Box
Head of Research
RAC Foundation

t +44 (0)20 7747 3489 | m +44 (0)7912 177446 | e
RAC Foundation | 89–91 Pall Mall | London | SW1Y 5HS
(Usually Tues-Thurs) [...]
Posted: January 10, 2019, 10:30 am
Position: Data Analyst
Organisation: RAC Foundation (
Contract: Permanent, full-time (part-time and/or flexible working would be considered)
Location: Central London
Salary: c. £35,000 (more for an exceptional candidate) plus bonus up to 6%
Closing date: 7 February 2019

Job Description

Are you an ambitious data analyst looking for your next challenge? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading transport think-tanks? [...]
Posted: January 10, 2019, 9:49 am
Dear colleagues,

I'm pleased to let you know about a new job vacancy at the University of Cambridge. This is a three-year position for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change. We welcome applications from those with well-developed quantitative analytical skills who would be interested in applying them to this field of public health research. [...]
Posted: January 9, 2019, 4:22 pm
Dear all,

Forwarded as a reminder. Deadline this Friday 11th January.

Sorry for cross-postings.

Best regards,


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Esther Anaya - CEP <<>>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 20:45
Subject: Call for contributions Special Issue “Geographies of bike-sharing and emerging forms of shared micro-mobility” *Apologies for any cross-posting*
To: <<>>
Cc: Angela Curl <<>>, Julie Clark <<>> [...]
Posted: January 9, 2019, 2:32 pm

The Centre for Transport Studies at UCL is presenting a series of provocative lectures on issues concerning transport. The forth of these, "The King Dances", will be given by Prof. Richard Sennett (LSE) on 2 April at 6pm at UCL.

These lectures are free of charge and open to all interested parties. Please register for this event using the following link:
Posted: January 9, 2019, 11:18 am
With apologies for cross posting.
Dear Colleagues,

From January to March 2019, the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) at the University of Oxford will host its annual seminar series. Seminars will take place at 4pm on alternate Thursdays in the Beckit room at the School of Geography and the Environment<>, University of Oxford. [...]
Posted: January 8, 2019, 2:52 pm
We are pleased to invite abstracts for our TGRG sponsored session at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019 entitled Up in the air: geographies of trouble and hope at 35,000ft. The conference will take place at the Society in London and at Imperial College London from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 2019. Please email paper title and max 250-word abstract to the session conveners by close of play on Wednesday 6th February. Authors will be notified of the outcome the w/c 11th February. [...]
Posted: January 8, 2019, 2:46 pm

The Centre for Transport Studies at UCL is presenting a series of provocative lectures on issues concerning transport. The third of these, "Invisible Infrastructures - You wait ages for a flying car and then two come along together...", will be given by Ed Parsons (Google) on 24 January at 6pm at UCL. [...]
Posted: January 8, 2019, 12:35 pm
Dear All,

I will be presenting an update on UK activity in traffic signal and
systems deployment, research, and development to the TRB Traffic Signal
Systems Committee (TSSC) at the annual meeting next week. If you work or
research in this area, please send me the details of your project by
Thursday evening and I would be glad to share them with our colleagues
in the US. [...]
Posted: January 8, 2019, 10:17 am
**With apologies for cross-posting**

We are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for the following session at the 2019 RGS-IBG International Conference:

Recent Developments in Transport Geography

This session is specifically focused at post-PhD Early Career Researchers conducting cutting-edge research in transport geography or related fields. It is intended to provide a relaxed and stimulating forum for ECRs to discuss and exchange ideas, and to foster potential future research collaborations. For the purposes of this session an Early Career Researcher is defined as someone who will have had their PhD viva within the last 8 years on 1 September [...]
Posted: January 7, 2019, 4:50 pm
With apologies for cross-posting, post-doctoral and newly minted PhD list members may be interested in the following opportunity in Finland (follow the link and direct any queries to Milos not me, thank you).

From: Mladenovic Milos <>
Sent: 03 January 2019 19:08
To: Kate Pangbourne <>
Subject: Post-doc position at Aalto University

Dear Kate,

I hope this email finds you well. [...]
Posted: January 7, 2019, 10:19 am
Dear all,

Geocomputation Research Domain at the King's College London is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD in 'Improving Efficiency and Equity of Ambulance Services through Advanced Demand Modelling'. Please find details below.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 1:27 pm
*** Please distribute. Apologies for cross-posting. ***

AAAT2019: Agent based Applications for Air Transport
High technical school of Ávila - University of Salamanca
Ávila, Spain, June 26-28, 2019
Conference website
Submission deadline February 4, 2019
Notification Date March 11, 2019
Camera-ready deadline March 29, 2019
Topics: intelligent agents
<;a=13639266> air transport
<;tid=760401> coordination
<;a=13639266> disruption
management <;tid=37544>

AAAT (Agent based Applications for Air Transport) is a Workshop at PAAMS:
International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and
Multi-Agent Systems. [...]
Posted: January 4, 2019, 12:03 pm
With apologies for cross-posting we’d like to invite abstracts for our
proposed session for RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2019 on the topic of
“Long-distance travel, social change and climate change: troubles ahead?”

*Long-distance travel, social change and climate change: troubles ahead?*

Call for paper abstracts for a proposed session at the Royal Geographical
Society Annual Conference 2019. The conference will take place at the
Society in London and at Imperial College London from Tuesday 27 to Friday
30 August 2019. [...]
Posted: January 2, 2019, 11:21 pm
The 17th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting (TPM) will take place on the 10th - 11th of July 2019 in historic Oxford.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2019.

Visit<> for more information

TPM is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, placemakers, highway engineers and urban transport designers. TPM brings the wider transport and built environment community together for two days of world class networking, idea sharing and lively debate. [...]
Posted: January 2, 2019, 11:11 am
Special issue of the Journal of Tranpsort and Health on Transport and Health in Latin America.

* The Call can be seen at

* Because of technical issues in December 2018 and many people in S America being on holiday in January, we have extended the deadline to 28 February 2019.
Of course, manuscripts relevant to this topic can also be submitted after that for regular issues of the journal!
Jenny [...]
Posted: January 2, 2019, 10:17 am
Dear Colleagues

The 47th European Transport Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland from
9 to 11 October 2019. The Call for Contributions/Call for Papers is now
published on the website of the Association for European Transport: <>

Details of the general themes of the Conference and of the interests of the
individual Programme Committees can be found there. To submit an abstract,
follow the links. The deadline is 5 February 2019. Programme Committees
will meet during March and April and successful authors will be notified in
May 2019. [...]
Posted: January 1, 2019, 10:36 pm