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City Collaborative Transport Hub

The City Collaborative Transport Hub is a network of interdisciplinary activity at City, University of London centred on transport challenges.

About Us

Drawing together teams across our many schools and disciplines to match them with transport innovation needs and opportunities in research, development, commercialisation, knowledge transfer and education.

The Hub places a high priority on developing effective connections with professionals across the widest transport community.

About our work

Transport is a great intersect of public interest and industrial interest. With so much at stake - from slowing the impact of climate change to the keeping tomorrow's cities viable for their citizens - governments and businesses are looking for partners who can help match changing drivers of consumer need with fresh approaches to emerging transport challenges.

City, University of London has opted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with business and the professions, including the policy community. We have created the interdisciplinary Transport Hub because we want to help to unravel customer expectations. Our applied research can contribute to novel models for doing business, and we can work with public and private sector clients to advance unexpected mixtures of technologies.

The Collaborative Transport Hub harnesses the University's existing expertise in topics such as software reliability, systems engineering, reliability modelling, food supply policy, risk analysis, human behaviour, automotive and rail engineering, air and maritime operations.

The Hub also extends to wider academic, business and policy networks through our visiting staff, who bring to City their everyday contact with real challenges.

Academic director - Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and International)

Transport Hub manager - Andrew Huddart

For enquiries - call 020 7040 3518

Or email us

For transport professionals

The UK has a number of internationally recognised transport study groups but they are largely topic-based: in transport economics, road safety or vehicle structures, for example. Our Transport Hub is different.

Building on City's industry-facing strengths in postgraduate education and research, we aim to facilitate effective links between academia, enterprises, consultancies, government, local authorities and public-private partnerships. To test our thinking take a look at our Challenge papers.

The Hub networks together teams across City's many schools and disciplines to match them with new opportunities in transport research, knowledge transfer and education. We invite industry to bring us challenges and issues where you think we could add value alongside your everyday efforts. Contact us by email transport-hub@city.ac.uk or call Andrew Huddart on 020 7040 5060

Expertise accessible through the Hub includes:

  • business modelling and marketing;
  • consumer psychology including decision analysis;
  • applied vision (from optometry);
  • data visualisation (from geographic information);
  • supply chain management and logistics (including food policy);
  • controls, sensors and communication network development;
  • as well as many technologists and engineers testing and refining next generation systems across aerospace, informatics, infrastructure and powertrains.

City, University of London is also well placed to offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity and has one of the strongest offerings in London. The Transport Hub can link you to CPD teams in our schools able to design and develop practitioner-focused training with you.

Many Hub members are current or former leaders from sectors spanning automotive, aviation, intelligent transport systems, maritime, public transport, rail and systems engineering and management. They form our Advisory committee, which works alongside the City, University of London to develop the Hub's connections to industry and other collaborators. Advisory committee chairman is Eric Sampson CBE, Visiting Professor of Transport.


With its strong base of intellectual assets, the City Collaborative Transport Hub intends to power City, University of London to become a leader in the transfer of interdisciplinary transport analysis and innovation into practice.
One way we engage with big ideas and themes in transport thinking, policy and technology is through our "Transport Challenge Papers", launched in autumn 2009.
The Challenge Papers are a series of succinct topical essays, reviews and 'think pieces', published by the Hub:

1.  Transport information expert Andy Graham, the Hub's first Visiting Fellow, looks into why people don't plan their road journeys (as well they might), and ponders how to make a business out of it;

Challenge paper 1 - Why don't people plan their road journeys? - And how can we make a business out of it?

2.  Visiting Professor David Johnson asks why we can't cut the cost of rail travel, and proposes a fresh approach by opening up perspectives on technology and safety thinking;

Challenge paper 2 - Why can't we cut the cost of rail travel?

3.  Research Fellow Talal Ous takes an informed look forward at the range of transport applications which could see fuel cell technologies -- the high-efficiency combination of hydrogen and electrical power -- transforming motive power and other transport applications within a decade.

Challenge paper 3 - The deployment of Fuel Cells in transport

4.  Jeremy Blake, Operations Manager UK & Ireland for consultants GHD reflects on the puzzling situation facing Britain's railway sector as the 2010 Value for Money drive adds another pressure to a sector hungry for innovation.

Challenge paper 4 - UK Rail - evolution or revolution to drive innovation

We welcome responses or indeed counter-challenges to the contents of these papers. Contact business@city.ac.uk.

Coming to visit?

If you plan to visit us or attend an event here, plan your journey to and from the venue by public transport. Use these online journey planners:

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The Transport Hub is part of a wider community, spreading across academia and professional practice.

Please look out for details of events and networking opportunities as we develop this website and other collaboration tools.

The Hub takes a fundamentally interdisciplinary approach and draws on the collective strengths of senior industry figures and senior academics from across many of the City's schools. It also reaches out through networks of knowledge transfer, industry associations, professional bodies and collaborative arrangements to be active in the broad transport world.

Participants in the Transport Hub come from many of the City's schools and associated research groups. Our ability to leverage these schools can allow us to generate new combinations across disciplines such as aerospace, business innovation, clean energy, engineering, health, food policy, public transport, rail, shipping, smart devices, software and sustainability.

Some of our participating teams include:

The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

  • Energy and Transport
  • Instrumentation and Sensors
  • Systems and Control

School of Informatics

  • Geographic Information
  • Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • Software Reliability

The School of Community and Health Sciences

  • Food Policy
  • Optometry and Visual Science

The School of Social Sciences

  • Memory and Cognition
  • Performance at Work

City Law School

  • Legal research

Cass Business School

Over 100 active researchers: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/research

The Transport Hub is a member of the industry network Intelligent Transport Systems UK
We are also associate members of the Universities Transport Studies Group (UTSG).

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