Researching sustainable transport: funded PhD opportunity with Dr Rachel Aldred and PSI


Rachel Aldred

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster (which includes PSI) is currently offering three funded MPhil/PhD studentships, to start in September 2017. As a result, there is a potential opportunity for a candidate to research sustainable transport through joint supervision by Dr Rachel Aldred, reader in transport at the University of Westminster, and a PSI researcher. (You can view a list of our researchers and their research interests here.)

Dr Aldred has been shortlisted for the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) 2016 Celebrating Impact Prize. Her research interests have particularly focused on issues around cycling, particularly in relation to cultural and identity issues around cycling, as well as cycling policy. Her work asks questions about the effect of meaning in our attitudes to cycling.

PSI has conducted research on a wide variety of sustainability issues, including:

  • the decline of children’s independent mobility and the factors that have led to children travelling less frequently on their own
  • walking and cycling
  • decarbonisation of the transport system


These different research interests provide scope for research, for example, on sustainable transport policies, examining not only their effectiveness per se but also how cultural and social factors interplay in the decision-making of potential users of transport.

You can find out more about the funded PhD places here. If you would like to discuss possible research ideas, you can contact Dr Aldred here and Ben Shaw, PSI’s director, here.