Research and innovation

Research impact

Driving change in car safety regulation

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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 degrees

Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential

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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.

85%

of our research is

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

Top 10

in the world

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018

Over 60

academic and research staff

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

Our research

People rushing

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

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Train station

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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car driving

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

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Tunnel

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

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People on bikes

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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City scene

Brings together expertise from the University of Leeds Driving Simulator and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics to develop innovative technologies to design efficient and sustainable cities.

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Research themes

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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Staff and students from ITS with the Smogmobile

In early June 2018, ITS staff and students studied commuter exposure to fine…

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A recently released paper, published in Energy Efficiency, has looked at ways…

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The University of Leeds is leading a pioneering £4.2m national…

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Traffic in Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr Chandra Balijepalli from the Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) is…

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Institute for Transport Studies seminar with speaker Professor Karen Lucas.

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ITS alumni seminar series presented by alumnus Iosif Stroumtsas.

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ITS alumni seminar series presented by alumnus Hamish Thomas.

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