BA MSc PhD
Externally Funded Research Projects
Low carbon transport futures: a scenario exercise using the 'UK Transport Carbon Model' to understand the potential impact of packages of transport policies on carbon reduction targets.
Interactive Manual of Policies to Abate Carbon from Transport (IMPACT): an interactive database of individual transport policies, carbon impact and cost-effectiveness.
'Energy 2050' - a project across all themes in the UKERC to develop alternative pathways to a low carbon future using lifestyle scenario planning.
The Great Aberdeen Transport Swap was a film produced after 13 participants swapped their mode of transport to work for a day and made video diaries of their experiences. Download the film here.
A three year study to monitor and evaluate the Scottish Government’s £15m investment in seven local authorities across Scotland to develop travel behaviour change programmes known as ‘smarter choices’. The investment in the towns of Barrhead, Kirkintilloch/Lenzie, Dumfries, Dundee, Glasgow East, Kirkwall, and Larbert/Stenhousemuir, will include new infrastructure, innovative marketing techniques, financial incentives, streetscape improvements and more sharing of vehicles to make better use of urban space and create healthier and cleaner places to live and work. Dr Jillian Anable and Professor John Nelson will work with Derek Halden Consultancy and Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) to undertake the evaluation and monitoring of the programme using quantitative and qualitative techniques. The stated aims of the SCSP evaluation are to provide a baseline profile of travel behaviour against which change can be measured, establish the impacts of the investment in the seven towns and offer feedback to local authorities delivering the improvements to assist with the effectiveness of delivery. The research project will run until June 2012, and interim findings in 2009 and 2010 will be used to refine the programme delivery to ensure better value.
This project aims to forecast and characterise in detail the future consumer market for electric vehicles in the UK. Led by Ricardo in partnership with the Transport Research Laboratory, University of Sussex, Element Energy and Shell, this initiative is one of three research projects being funded by the Energy Technologies Institute as part of its £11m low carbon vehicle plan to support the roll out of electric vehicles. Dr Anable will be responsible for leading the design of quantitative survey work to quantify the key factors that will influence consumer behaviours focusing in particular on attitudinal drivers for plug-in vehicles and feeding in to a detailed segmentation of the market.
This one-year scanning exercise, being undertaken with Professor David Banister and Tim Schwanen (Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford) investigates the issues of climate change, energy and transport at three levels - the macro, city and individual level. At the macro level, the exercise will examine aviation, freight and long distance travel, where most recent growth has taken place in travel and energy use. Investigations at the city level seek to identify good opportunities for reductions in carbon and energy use in transport, while at the individual level the study considers attitudes and behavioural decisions central to acceptability and changing lifestyles. The methods used to investigate these issues include a review of recent international literature, workshops to define the limits of the study, a series of interviews with key agencies and others to canvass views as well as seminars for social scientists. Lessons drawn from these exercises will identify innovative social science approaches to the analysis of climate change, energy and transport.
Network awarded under the cross-Research Council programme on Understanding Individual Behaviour (Exploratory Networks), Economic & Social Research Council/Medical Research Council/Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council. (Principle investigor: Colin Hunter, with J. Anable, T. Craig, P. Edwards, A. Fischer, A. Murray, L. Phillips, C. Prell, S. Redpath, M. Reed, L. Steg, P. Stollery, S. Thirgood, M. van Vugt, and R. van der Wal). The network involves 15 staff from 6 institutions (UoA, MI, Gröningen, Kent, Leeds, Sheffield) combining a diverse range of disciplines: geography, sociology, ecology, conservation biology, psychology, computing science, music, and clinical radiology. The overall aim of the network is to use an interdisciplinary approach to deepen our understanding of key drivers of, and barriers to, pro-environment behavioural change (‘sustainable behaviours’), particularly potential biological and psychological influences.
The Department for Transport has commissioned the same team which undertook the original seminal ‘Smarter Choices’ study in 2004 to evaluate the progress made over the past few years in the three English Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns. The stated aims of the research were to evaluate the impact of each individual smart measure in each case study area; to assess the available evidence for the impact of the programme on traffic levels, carbon emissions and wider benefits (e.g. health); to draw conclusions on value-for-money; to look at any evidence for erosion of benefits due to induced traffic and also evidence for any synergistic effects; and to draw lessons for the delivery of large-scale smarter choices programmes elsewhere, including costs and staff resource needed.
Study for NHS Health Scotland in conjunction with the National Physical Activity Research and Evaluation Group (NPARE) in order to examine the level of participation in walking and cycling for active travel and sport or recreation across different socio-economic groups in Scotland. This research utilises data from surveys already collected, together with published and grey literature in order to review what is known about levels of walking and cycling undertaken for travel or recreational activity across different socio-demographic groups and different locations in Scotland.
Working with Atkins for the Scottish Government, this project involves identifying the transport policy mix within the gift of the Scottish Government and assessing the carbon abatement potential and cost effectiveness under different combinations and scenarios. This involves stakeholder consultation, literature reviewing and modelling to culminate in the production of marginal abatement cost curve for supply and demand based transport policy options for Scotland in the short, medium and longer term to 2050.