Dr Paul Timms

Dr Paul Timms


Research Projects and Professional Engagements and Experience

  • A large number of research projects concerned with various aspects of transport modelling and transport policy, ranging from traffic signals to world futures.

  • A large number of overseas professional engagements including consultancy, research and teaching assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Malaysia, Rwanda, Ghana, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, El Salvador, Chile, China and Russia.

  • ITS Project Manager of a large number of EU-funded research projects

PhD supervision

  • Currently supervisor of 7 PhD students (March 2024) from Nigeria (2), South Korea, Dubai, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and UK.

  • Past supervisor of a further 16 students who successfully completed their PhDs

Language capabilities

  • Fluency in Portuguese (spoken and written)

Research interests

Key Research Interests

  • Art and transport (both visual art and music)

  • Concepts of trandisciplnarity and how they relate to art 

  • Future global mobility scenarios and utopias

  • Philosophy and history of transport modelling

  • Interpretation of modelling concepts as literary concepts

  • Transferability of transport policies / models between geographical locations

  • Public participation in transport planning


Selection of past research and consultancy projects (in chronological order, starting with the most recent)

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the mobility of physically challenged people and older people (UK Aid HVT), with a focus on Bangladesh, Pakistan, Zambia and Tanzania: https://tinyurl.com/mryab74a

  • STEP-CHANGE (UK EPSRC) which created new participatory planning and modelling paradigms for situations involving large-scale change, which included workshops and events in Brazil, El Salvador, Italy and UK: https://tinyurl.com/4xubfk62

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BA(Hons) in Mathematics (1974) Oxford University
  • MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (1986), University of Leeds
  • PhD in Transport Modelling (1990) University of Leeds

Student education

  • Provision of a variety of MSc and undergraduate lectures on various modules

  • Supervisor of 11 current MSc dissertations (March 2024) and 50+ past MSc dissertations, including 23 dissertations since 2017 on the topic of ‘art and transport’, concerned with art in: urban public space; metro stations; buses; and airport terminals. Students doing art and transport dissertations have come from China, Indonesia, India and Russia. See recent presentation (Jan 2024) on these art and transport dissertations at https://tinyurl.com/mtks9b6c

  • Provision of training in public transport in Ghana in 2022 (GUMAP: Ghana Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project): https://tinyurl.com/2mmb9654

  • Provision of lectures on the MSc in Transport Engineering and Economics at the Kigali Institute for Science and Technology (KIST), Rwanda, in 2012 and 2013

  • Provided SATURN training in Leeds, Fortaleza (Brazil),  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), Hanoi (Vietnam), San Salvador (El Salvador), Mumbai (India), Coimbra (Portugal), Kigali (Rwanda) and Santiago (Chile)

  • Involvement with EU-funded programmes for international training collaboration, including: TEMPUS (with University of Ruse, Bulgaria); ASIALINK (TRANSLINK project, with universities in Malaysia and Indonesia); and ERASMUS MUNDUS (TECHNO project, with universities in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam).


Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1555-artful-journeys:-improving-the-traveller&rsquo;s-experience">Artful journeys: improving the traveller&rsquo;s experience</a></li>