Dr Caitlin Cottrill

Dr Caitlin Cottrill
Dr Caitlin Cottrill

Dr Caitlin Cottrill

Senior Lecturer



  • University of Aberdeen: Senior Lecturer & Director of Centre for Transport Research, School of Engineering, (2020-present)
  • University of Aberdeen: Senior Lecturer, Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences (2017-2019)
  • University of Aberdeen: Lecturer, Geography & Environment, School of Geosciences (2013-2017)
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology: Postdoctoral associate, Future Urban Mobility lab (SMART-FM) (2011-2012)
  • University of Illinois, Chicago: PhD, Urban Planning and Policy (August 2011)
  • Mid-America Regional Council: Transport planner (2003-2006)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville: MSc, Urban and Regional Planning (May 2003)
  • Vanderbilt University: BA, Philosophy (May 1999)


Research Overview

Dr Cottrill's primary research interests span the interrelated topics of transport, individual behaviour, technology and data, linked by an underlying commitment to encouraging inclusive, sustainable and efficient mobility. Her work has a strong focus in the support of public and active transport modes, especially for vulnerable and under-served users. In addition, she has developed work in facilitating data sharing between transport service providers and travellers in a privacy-preserving manner, in order to encourage better decision-making. Application areas for these interests include emerging topics such as intelligent mobility, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and smart cities. She has, additionally, worked to ensure that this research takes place in a multidisciplinary context, with collaborators from the areas of computing science, engineering, statistics, and information sciences.

Current Research

  • Current Projects:
    • INCLUSION - Co-Investigator on EU Horizon 2020 funded project.
    • PORTIS - Co-Investigator on EU Horizon 2020 funded project.
    • Realising Accountable Intelligent Systems (RAInS) - Co-Investigator on EPSRC-funded project.
  • Completed Projects:
    • Trusted Things & Communities: Understanding & Enabling a Trusted IoT Ecosystem - Co-Investigator on EPSRC funded project.
    • Smart Routing - Co-Investigator on Innovate UK funded project.
    • SocialCar: Public transport + carpooling + social media crowdsourcing - Co-Investigator on EU Horizon 2020 funded project.
    • Social Media - Developing Understanding, Infrastructure & Engagement - Co-Investigator on ESRC funded project.

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