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Centre for Transport Research


  • Senior Lecturer, The Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen (2008 -2013)
  • Research Fellow, The Centre for Transport Policy, The Robert Gordon University (2003-08)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey (2002-2003)
  • PhD Imperial College, London, Department of Environmental Science and Technology (1997-02)
  • MSc Urban Planning (Transport) Oxford Brookes University, School of Planning (1994-96)
  • Research Assistant, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (1996-97)
  • BA Geography with German, University of Sussex, School of European Studies (1988-92)

Research Interests

  • Transport, energy and climate change
  • Attitudes to travel and behaviour change
  • Psychology of travel mode choice
  • Consumer demand for low-carbon vehicles
  • Policy effectiveness, public acceptability and political deliverability
  • Qualitative and quantitative survey design
  • Cluster analysis / statistical segmentation


Current Research

Externally Funded Research Projects


  • Motoring and Vehicle Owership Trends in the UK (MOT) The Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends in the UK (MOT) project brings 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. Data from annual car roadworthines tests (M.O.T tests), made available by the Department for Transport, will be used as a platform upon which to develop and undertake a set of inter-linked modelling and analysis tasks using multiple sources of vehicle-specific and area-based data. Through this the project will develop the capability to understand spatial and temporal differences in car ownership and use, the determinants of those differences, and how levels may change over time and in response to various policy measures. The relationship between fuel use and emissions, and the demographic, economic, infrastructural and socio-cultural factors influencing these will also be tested.
  • Disruption is a three year study funded by the EPSRC to understand how disruptions to the travel system – large or small – affect travel practices. Disruptions at the individual or family scale (eg car breakdown, illness) or at the larger scale (weather events, strikes, cyber or terrorism attacks) are investigated to see what these teach us about how the opportunities to change travel practices at individual level and within families; in organisations that generate travel demand and impact on our own individual travel decision-making; and within government where policy that determines our travel opportunities is made.A range of innovative research methods is used, including capturing travel behaviour through Facebook and Twitter and carrying out video-recorded mobile interviews.The project then brings together the different social actors, both 'lay' and 'expert' in a number of forums where they have the opportunity to 'deliberate' the different issues that will emerge throughout the research, and challenge each other about what needs to be done to capture the opportunities for change. Lastly the project seeks to establish mechanisms for embedding these changes in everyday life, in organisational practices and in social policy, so that a substantial contribution to reducing carbon emissions from transport is achieved.
  • DEMAND The DEMAND centre is funded by the ESRC/EPSRC with support from ECLEER (EDF R&D), Transport for London and the International Energy Agency. The centre will start work in May 2013 and continue until 2018. The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. In essence the Centre focuses on what energy is for. This approach generates an ambitious research agenda that is crucial for organisations involved in demand management and in radically reconfiguring infrastructures, buildings and transport systems in line with greenhouse gas emissions targets. While greater efficiency is important, the trend is often towards more resource intensive standards of comfort, convenience and speed. The problem is that we lack a sophisticated understanding of how these trends take hold and of the underlying dynamics of demand itself. In focusing on how demand is made and met, the Centre will examine changing patterns in mobility and building-related energy use and take forward a wide-ranging agenda for future research and policy.
  • UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) The UKERC is a cross-research council funded ‘virtual’ research centre comprising a focal point for UK research on sustainable energy. It takes an independent, whole systems approach, drawing on engineering, economics and the physical, environmental and social sciences. The primary objective of UKERC Phase 3 will be to explore the UK energy transition in an uncertain world, and the synergies and trade-offs between the key drivers for this transition. Whilst the need to achieve deep emissions reductions will remain a driver for the research, it will analyse a wide range of potential energy system transitions in the UK. The core research programme of UKERC Phase 3 contains six themes, of which Theme 5 is entitled “Key challenges in energy system decision-making” .Professor Anable works primarily within 'Theme 5 . Previous outputs from Phases 1 and 2 include 'Energy 2050' - a project across all themes in the UKERC to develop alternative pathways to a low carbon future using lifestyle scenario planning and using the 'UK Transport Carbon Model' to understand the potential impact of packages of transport policies on carbon reduction targets.
  • ClimateXChange Transport Fellowship: Professor Anable manages a three year postdoctoral fellowship on transport and energy funded by ClimateXChange. Dr Morton will be working on new areas of interdisciplinary investigation including bringing behavioural science to bear on understanding responses to transport system change, assessing carbon accounting frameworks for assessing transport policy in Scotland, and exploring the role of Smart Cities and ICT in reducing transport energy demand and promoting low carbon mobility services. Craig’s background is in interdisciplinary research, and his recent work has been in the area of low carbon transport, particularly consumer responses and market development, with a policy-focus throughout. 

Recently completed

  • UK SEGmented Marketing for ENergy efficient Transport' (SEGMENT) SEGMENT was a 3 year project funded by Intelligent Energy Europe Steer programme which will test the use of market segmentation in persuading people to change their behaviour and adopt more energy efficient forms of transport. It focused on the use of life change ‘trigger points’ which force consumers to question travel habits, alongside a detailed market segmentation approach to magnify the impact of mobility management campaigns. 7 Partner cities (Sofia, Almada, Athens, Utrecht, Munich, and Gydnia) used the framework of the project to test the methodology, which was developed by Dr Jillian Anable at the Centre for Transport Research; and in particular to establish whether the approach can be successful using limited market data. All results and deliverables can be found on the project website.
  • Smarter Choices Smarter Places (SCSP) 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.
  • Energy Technologies Institute Plug-in Vehicles Economics and Infrastructure Project

    This project aimed 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 was 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. Prof Anable was 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.

  • Smarter Choices Follow-on study 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.
  • UK Transport Research Centre Scanning Exercise 2: Climate Change, Energy and Transport 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.
  • Walking and cycling and socio-economic status in Scotland: analysis of statistical data and rapid review of the literature. 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.
  • Mitigating Transport’s Climate Change Impact in Scotland: Assessment of Policy Options(MTCCI) 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.
  • Behaviour for Well-being, Environment & Life(BeWEL). 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.




Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching

  • GG1508 (Global worlds, local challenges)
  • GG2014 (Space, Economy and Society)
  • GG3570 (Concepts in Human Geography)
  • SX3502 (Globalisation)
  • GG4016 (Transport Geography) (Coordinator)
  • GG4572 (Digital Geographies)
  • GG4023 Geography Dissertation

Research Students (current)

  • Naseer Mahfoot:Development of Transport Models to Facilitate Transition Towards Sustainable Transport Systems in the United Arab Emirates
  • Diana McNmara: Matters in Mind: Exploring Implicit and Explicit Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours
  • Alison Pridmore: Social Influence and Consumer Uptake of Electric Vehcles (EU Joint Research Centre studentship)

 Research Students (completed)

  • Craig Morton: 'Accellerating the demand for low carbon vehicles: a consumer lead approach' (UK ERC funded, started October 2009)
  • Angela Curl: ‘Comparing the ‘lived experience’ to objective measures of accessibility’ (part funded by DHC Limited, started October 2008)
  • Alexander Van der Jagt: ‘Understanding Landscape Change and Environmental Sustainability’ ('ACES' studentship, started January 2010)

External Responsibilities

  • Associate editor ‘Energy Efficiency’ (Springer)
  • Member of International Editorial Board Journal of Transport Geography (Elsevier)
  • Member EPSRC Energy Programme Strategic Advisory Committee
  • Review work conducted for the ESRC and EPSRC UK Research Councils, several publishing houses, and for some 20 different academic journals covering transport, geography, environmental science and planning.



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