Transport is responsible for almost a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from this sector are growing. Innovations in transport – from electric and autonomous vehicles to car sharing clubs – have enormous potential to reduce urban transport energy demand and emissions. Our research seeks to understand how these innovations might be supported, the impact they may have on overall energy demand and what they might mean for other important policy questions, such as the need to improve air quality and address social inequality.

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Projects

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Futures of Personal Mobility

What assumptions are made about the future uptake and use of electric vehicles and car sharing clubs in the UK? Implications for future energy demand and a transition to sustainable transport are identified by this project.

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Rebound effects in UK transport

While the fuel efficiency of passenger and freight transport has improved, it may have unintentionally increased the number of cars on the road or encouraged the development of larger, more powerful vehicles. What is the nature and magnitude of these rebound effects and their policy implications?

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The energy implications of automated and smart freight mobility

What are the expected impacts of automated vehicles and smart mobility on energy demand in UK freight transport? How are these technological innovations legitimised by industry, policymakers and other actors? This project aims to find out.

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Innovations in urban transport

Why do innovations in low-energy transport emerge and develop more rapidly in some cities than in others? What can local governments and stakeholders do to stimulate the success of such innovations?

Publications

Theorizing Mobility Transitions: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
C. Temenos, A. Nikolaeva, T. Schwanen, T. Cresswell, F. Sengers, M. Watson, M. Sheller (2017)
Journal Article
Futures of personal mobility: a tale of two innovations
N. Bergman (2016)
Working and conference papers
Imagined practices and the future of personal mobility
Working and conference papers
Future visions of personal transport: Lessons from the UK
N. Bergman (2016)
Working and conference papers
Estimating direct rebound effects for personal automotive travel in Great Britain
L. Stapleton, S. Sorrell, T. Schwanen (2016)
Journal Article
Low Carbon Mobility Transitions
D. Hopkins, J. E. S. Higham (2016)
Books and book chapters
Change trends in urban freight delivery: a qualitative inquiry
D. Hopkins, A. McCarthy (2016)
Journal Article
Innovations to transform personal mobility
Books and book chapters
Rethinking resilience as capacity to endure: automobility and the city
Journal Article
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