Research and innovation

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Using driving simulators to develop new vehicles

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Rail Centre

Our multidisciplinary centre for collaborative research into rail transport systems aims to improve social welfare.


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Research and innovation

We are a leading transport research centre worldwide. We deliver internationally excellent research outputs, which impact upon transport policy and practice, and contribute to the wider economy and society. Our research mission is to support the development of intelligent mobility systems that are connected, inclusive, productive and resilient. To find out more, browse a selection of our current and past research projects.


of our research is

'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2014


in the world

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019

Over 60

academic and research staff

working with over 50 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research

Research themes and centres

Research conducted under this theme is focussed on understanding the human factors implications and challenges of connected and automated vehicles.

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Our research looks at the provision of sustainable, low carbon and secure sources of energy to fuel transport systems of the future.

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Our aim is to enhance understanding of the economics of rail transport demand and supply, rail operation and control, and the economic value of rail technical innovation and investment.

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Research under the Digital Futures theme, a part of the ‘Big Data’ genre, aims to harness the potential of new forms of digital data to generate policy relevant insights for the transport sector

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We are finding ways to transform transport environments in the Global South to address mobility and access challenges faced by low income populations in developing cities

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Virtuocity is a unique programme for city simulation and co-design

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Our research groups

Our research covers new methodological developments, theoretical insights and practical solutions to real world problems.

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We look at the economics of transport from a demand and supply side perspective to assess the overall business case for transport investment.

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We investigate road users’ interactions with new and current transport systems and technologies to advance transport safety.

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We develop mathematical and statistical models and simulation tools for the representation, analysis and optimisation of traffic and transportation systems.

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We investigate transport and mobility from perspectives of the social and political sciences studies with the aim of delivering effective and sustainable mobility systems.

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