Professor Simon Shepherd

Professor Simon Shepherd


Employment History

  • Rolls-Royce Plc (1986-1987) One year Diploma in Industrial Studies
  • Bacon and Woodrow (1988-1989) Trainee Actuary
  • 1989-Present Principal Research Fellow Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.

Research Projects and Experience

At the Institute for Transport Studies since 1989, he gained his doctorate in 1994 applying state-space methods to the problem of traffic responsive signal control in over-saturated conditions.  His expertise lies in modelling and policy optimisation ranging from detailed simulation models through assignment to strategic land use transport models.  Recently he has focussed on optimisation of road user charging schemes and is currently working on aspects of competition between cities.  He has applied system dynamics approaches to the transport sector, looking at toll competition between private operators; take up of electric vehicles and strategic modelling where he has been involved in the development of MARS a land use transport interaction model for the last ten years. The most recent application of which was for the Greater Jakarta Transport Authority to aid their master planning process. 


  • Institute Director (Head of School)

Research interests

Key Research Interests

  • Road pricing and network design problems
  • Traffic signal control
  • Strategic land use transport interaction models, network assignment modelling and mirco-simulation
  • Transport policy optimisation
  • System dynamics applications in transport
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  • PhD, Univeristy of Leeds
  • BSc, Mathematical Engineering, Loughborough University of Technology
  • Diploma in Industrial Studies

Professional memberships

  • International Society of System Dynamics

Student education

I teach on a range of modules but lead a master level module on system dynamics with transport applications.

Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

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