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Dr Beecroft to study role of technologies to support personal security in travel by public transport

The role of technology and its interaction with user needs and perceptions in supporting personal security in travel by public transport is the fundamental theme of this research. The key aim of the research is to develop fundamental understandings relating to this interaction and as a consequence to enable transport technologies to better support personal security in travel by public transport.



Dr Mark Beecroft will conduct a 14 month study: 'Enhancing transport technologies to support personal security in travel by public transport'.  Amongst the advantages that private transport is perceived to hold over public transport is that it is inherently safer in terms of supporting personal security in travel. Negative perceptions (and experiences) of personal security in travelling by public transport can impact upon travel behaviour with consequences for both individuals and society. Transport and transport-related technologies have an important role to play in supporting personal security in travel by public transport. This support ranges from underpinning the operation of transport systems and services to facilitating individual travel choices. The role of technology and its interaction with user needs and perceptions in supporting personal security in travel by public transport is the fundamental theme of this research. The key aim of the research is to develop fundamental understandings relating to this interaction and as a consequence to enable transport technologies to better support personal security in travel by public transport.

The project is funded by the EPSRC under their First Grant scheme for new lecturers. The project will start on 1st May 2012.


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