Dr Paul Timms

Dr Paul Timms


Research Projects and Professional Engagements and Experience

  • A large number of research projects concerned with various aspects of transport modelling and transport policy, ranging from traffic signals to world futures.
  • A large number of overseas professional engagements including consultancy, research and teaching assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Malaysia, Rwanda, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, El Salvador, Chile, China and Russia.
  • ITS Project Manager of a large number of EU-funded research projects

PhD supervision

  • Currently supervisor of 6 PhD students (May 2021) from Nigeria, South Korea, Dubai, Bangladesh and UK (2).

Language capabilities

  • Fluency in Portuguese (spoken and written)

Research interests

Key Research Interests

  • Future global mobility scenarios and utopias
  • Philosophy and history of transport modelling
  • Interpretation of modelling concepts as literary concepts
  • Transferability of transport policies / models between geographical locations
  • Public participation in transport planning

Recent Research Projects

  • TrACE (EC H2020 WIDESPREAD) which aimed to set up a Centre of Excellence in Transport Research in Cyprus (initial phase from Sept 2017 until Sept 2018, but still ongoing): https://www.ciim.ac.cy/entice-projects/trace/
  • VIAJEO+ (EC FP7) which examined worldwide transferability (between Asia, Brazil and the EU) of sustainable urban transport policies (between June 2013 and Apr 2016): http://viajeoplus.eu/
  • STEP-CHANGE (UK EPSRC) which created new participatory planning and modelling paradigms for situations involving large-scale change, which included workshops and events in Brazil, El Salvador, Italy and UK (between Jan 11 and Jul 2016): http://www.changing-mobilities.org.uk/our-research.html
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  • BA(Hons) in Mathematics (1974) Oxford University
  • MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (1986), University of Leeds
  • PhD in Transport Modelling (1990) University of Leeds

Student education

  • Module leader and developer of MSc module “Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods” (TRAN5232M) 
  • Module leader of MSc module “Traffic Management” (TRAN5210M).
  • Provision of a variety of MSc and undergraduate lectures on various modules

Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>