Dr Jim Uttley

Dr Jim Uttley

Profile

I joined the Human Factors & Safety Group at the Institute for Transport Studies in September 2018 as a Research Fellow. I am involved in the interACT EU-funded project, which investigates the interaction between automated vehicles and other road users.

I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, and obtained my PhD in 2016 at the E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre, University of Sheffield. My PhD focused on the effect of lighting on pedestrians. Following my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Lighting Research Group, University of Sheffield.


Employment history

2018 - present: Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

2016 - 2018: Research Assistant, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield


Key publications

Journal papers

Yao, Q., Wang, H., Uttley, J. & Zhuang, X. (2018). Illuminance reconstruction of road lighting in urban areas for efficient and healthy lighting performance evaluations. Applied Sciences, 8(9), 1646.

Fotios, S., Liachenko-Monteiro, A. & Uttley, J. (2018). Evaluation of pedestrian reassurance gained by higher illuminances in residential streets using the day-dark approach”. Lighting Research & Technology, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/1477153518775464.

Fotios, S., Uttley, J. & Fox, S. (in press). A whole-year approach showing that ambient light level influences walking and cycling. Lighting Research & Technology, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/1477153517738306.

Fotios, S., Cheal, C., Fox, S. & Uttley, J. (2017). The transition between lit and unlit sections of road and detection of driving hazards after dark. Lighting Research & Technology, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/1477153517725775.

Fotios, S., Cheal, C., Fox, S. & Uttley, J. (2017). The effect of fog on detection of driving hazards after dark. Lighting Research & Technology, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1177/1477153517725774

Uttley, J., & Fotios, S. (2017). The effect of ambient light condition on road traffic collisions involving pedestrians on pedestrian crossings. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 108, 189-200.

Uttley, J., & Fotios, S. (2017). Using the daylight savings clock change to show ambient light conditions significantly influence active travel. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 1-10.

Fotios, S., & Uttley, J. (2016). Illuminance required to detect a pavement obstacle of critical size. Lighting Research & Technology. Advance online publication, doi: 1477153516659783.

Fotios, S., Uttley, J., & Fox, S. (2016). Exploring the nature of visual fixations on other pedestrians. Lighting Research & Technology. Advance online publication, doi: 1477153516666132.

Fotios, S, Qasem, H, Cheal, C, Uttley, J (2016). A pilot study of road lighting, cycle lighting and obstacle detection. Lighting Research and Technology, 49(5), 586-602.

Uttley, J, Lovelace, R (2016). Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 4(2), 133-142.

Uttley, J, Fotios, S, Cheal, C (2015). Effect of illuminance and spectrum on peripheral obstacle detection by pedestrians. Lighting Research and Technology, 49(2), 211-227.

Fotios, S, Uttley, J, Cheal, C (2015). Maintaining foveal fixation during a peripheral detection task. Lighting Research and Technology, 48(7), 898-909.

Uttley, J (2015). ‘Turn that light off!’ Psychological and psychophysical methods to save energy through lighting. Quarterly (PsyPAG journal), 95, 48-53

Fotios, S, Uttley, J, Cheal, C, Hara, N (2015). Using eye-tracking to identify pedestrians’ critical visual tasks, Part 1. Dual task approach. Lighting Research and Technology, 47(2), 133-148.

Fotios, S, Uttley, J, Yang, B (2015). Using eye-tracking to identify pedestrians’ critical visual tasks, Part 2. Fixation on pedestrians. Lighting Research and Technology, 47(2), 149-160.

Fotios, S, Yang, B, Uttley, J (2015). Observing other pedestrians: Investigating the typical distance and duration of fixation. Lighting Research and Technology, 47(5), 548-564

Uttley, J, Fotios, S, Cheal, C (2012). Satisfaction and illuminances set with user-controlled lighting. Architectural Science Review, 56(4), 306-314

Book chapters

Uttley, J., Simpson, J., & Qasem, H. (2018). Eye-tracking in the real world: Insights about the urban environment. In F. Aletta & J. Xiao (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Perception-Driven Approaches to Urban Assessment and Design. Hershey, United States: IGI Global (ISBN: 9781522536376).


Professional standing

I have reviewed for a number of journals including Lighting Research & Technology, LEUKOS, JoVE, Case Studies in Transport Policy and PLOS One. I have also attended a number of workshops and events as an invited expert, organised by a range of organisations including the International Commission on Illumination and the Department for Transport. I am a member of the International Commission on Illumination's Technical Committee TC4-52 - Lighting for pedestrians.

Research interests

I am interested in the human factors aspects of transport, and currently work on research about the interactions between autonomous vehicles and other road users. I also have interests in active travel research, particularly in relation to environmental factors that influence the behaviours and safety of pedestrians and cyclists. My past research has focused strongly on the relationship between lighting and behaviour. I continue to have an interest in this area, particularly how lighting relates to transport and safety. More broadly, I aim to embed open science practices throughout my ongoing research.

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Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology
  • PGDip Professional Skills
  • PhD Lighting and behaviour

Professional memberships

  • International Association of People-Environment Studies

Student education

Past teaching and education activities have included delivering research methods lectures to postgraduate students in the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, and supervising undergraduate students during a multi-disciplinary research project module at the University of Sheffield. I have also co-supervised three PhD students within the Sheffield Lighting Research Group.

Research groups and institutes

  • Human Factors and Safety
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