Dr Ian Philips

Dr Ian Philips


With a disciplinary background Geography, Ian’s specialist expertise covers geographical analysis of socially equitable sustainable transport planning.  Ian has worked at the interface between academic and public policy. 

Ian’s skills include a wide range of approaches to spatial data analysis visualisation, simulation and methods associated with Geographic Information Science (GIS) and geocomputation and geographic data science.  Though Ian works principally with GIS he also worked with colleagues on mixed methods research projects. 

Ian currently works on research projects evaluating the impact of Clean Air Zones and is contributing to developments of the Place Based Carbon Calculator.  Ian recently completed an ESRC National Productivity Innovation Fund fellowship  https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-research/dir-record/research-projects/1490/accelerating-innovation-in-new-mobility-services-matching-sustainable-new-business-models-to-local-potential

.  This focussed on understanding where and how mobility innovations, transformation, shocks to the transport system and demand reduction can contribute to equitable place based carbon reduction.  This included work on the carbon reduction capability of e-bikes, a placement with Transport for Greater Manchester developing indicators of the impacts of Mobility as a Service, spatial analysis of car dependent practices and developing research on shared mobility working with Enterprise Car Club.

Ian has previously worked on a range of projects at ITS including:  The Motoring and vehicle Ownership Trends in the UK (MOT) project seeks to address this by bringing together new sources of data to give a spatially and disaggregated diagnosis of car ownership and use in Great Britain and the associated energy demand and emissions. https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-research/dir-record/research-projects/754/mot-motoring-and-vehicle-ownership-trends-in-the-uk .  Ian has presented work to government departments on vulnerability to car dependence, and spatial analysis of carbon reduction capability of e-bikes.  Ian has also worked on Measuring the social impacts of road projects, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses, this project was the first of its kind in the UK to identify the social impacts on the local community arising from a road improvement scheme https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-research/dir-record/research-projects/1495/a465-social-assessment-of-road-improvement-schemes . Work on social assessment has fed into Welsh Government development of Social and distributional impact assessment guidance.



Co leader Social and Political Science Research Group https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-social-political-sciences


Employment History

January 2018 - present Senior Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies
December 2014 – 2018 Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies

Main areas of work prior to research:

  • Environmental project management for youth organizations (Europe and Africa)
  • Teaching (Secondary)


  • Research Group leader: Social and Political Sciences

Research interests

Research interests include:  GIS and spatial analysis to inform equitable  transport carbon reduction, transport and the climate emergency, social assessment of transport schemes, car dependence, 

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  • PhD, University of Leeds
  • MSc, Geographic Information Science, University of Leeds
  • PGCE, University of Leeds
  • BSc Geography, University of Leicester

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Student education

Current postgraduate researchers

Current teaching 

Research groups and institutes

  • Social and Political Sciences

Current postgraduate researchers

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