PhD in Micromobility Transport Modelling
Update February 2021: We are opening up the scope of the PhD to allow more people to apply. If you have an interest in micromobility / mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), or would like to propose your own PhD project in this area, please contact Dr Roger Woodman.
Micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters (electric scooters), e-bikes, and shared bicycles/electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), are set to change the way we travel in the UK. COVID-19 has accelerated the move to low-carbon sustainable transport and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS). For example, the UK Government have announced trials of rental e-scooters and other micromobility vehicles. To ensure these new transport alternatives are inclusive and do not lead to disenfranchisement, it is essential to understand a wide variety of peoples’ needs.
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Human Factors, at WMG, University of Warwick. The PhD will investigate novel approaches for modelling transport usage based on human factors methods. This will involve understanding how people use transport today and what factors influence these decisions. This will be used to propose future transport solutions. The ultimate direction of the project will be shaped by the candidate, with possible research areas covering behavioural science, vehicle design, inclusivity, and sustainability.
Essential and desirable criteria
Prospective candidates are expected to have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) with 65% or above.
During the PhD, students will have an opportunity to undertake a variety of training activities, including interdisciplinary training on responsible research, public engagement, in addition to regular seminars and workshops held at Warwick.
Funding and Eligibility
Standard Research Council Maintenance Award of £15,285 for 3.5 years. Funding is available for UK nationals only.
To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.
To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss the opportunity before applying, please contact Dr Roger Woodman.
Funding Source: EPSRC DTP
Stipend: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award is available for 3.5 years: £15,285
Supervisor: Dr Roger Woodman
Available to UK nationals
Start date: We would ideally like someone to start as soon as possible, but we can offer some flexibility on this - please contact us to discuss.