Vanessa Ternes

Vanessa Ternes


I am a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Transport Studies. In my work I am exploring how the transport sector can decarbonise in a way that’s fair and equitable, and how including fairness in the decision making process influences the outcomes. I am addressing this through a combination of qualitative methods and system dynamics modelling. My research focuses on the UK and particularly on Northern England.
I am partly sponsored by Arup, where I support the UK transport teams on various projects.


Previously, I obtained a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences with majors in Earth&Environment and Chemistry, and an MSc in Climate Change Science and Policy. I wrote my MSc dissertation about how driving bans for diesel cars in German cities were discussed and framed by news media outlets. I then spent two years working for London-based charity The Restart Project, connecting volunteer communities, businesses and local authorities around waste prevention and repair.

Research interests

  • Fairness in transport
  • Transport governance
  • Sustainable, zero carbon transport
  • System dynamics modelling


  • MSc Climate Change Science and Policy, University of Bristol
  • BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Utrecht