Dr Caroline Bartle

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  • Position:Senior Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87824

About me

I joined the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) in 2007 as a PhD researcher. My principal research interest lies in the field of sustainable and physically active forms of travel, particularly within the context of everyday urban trips. My PhD thesis drew on social-psychological theories of behaviour and processes of social influence, an area that I have continued to explore in my subsequent research in CTS. I currently hold an ESRC Policy Fellowship, whereby I am seconded part-time to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), working in the Behavioural Science team within the DfT’s Central Research Division.         

In CTS I have carried out a variety of projects in the areas of travel behaviour, innovation, and the evaluation of sustainable transport programmes. Since 2013 I have been part of the CTS team evaluating Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) measures in the West of England, and the subsequent Access WEST programme. This included the LSTF Strategic Employment Sites case study evaluation conducted for the DfT. Since 2020 I have been part of the team conducting the National Evaluation of the Transforming Cities Fund, also for the DfT.  Other projects have explored cycle commuting, the use and users of e-bikes, the user experience of bike-share, the role of traveller information systems in travel behaviour, and the impact of free WiFi on travel time use on trains.

Current projects

ESRC Policy Fellowship, UK Department for Transport

Transforming Cities Fund National Evaluation

Evaluation of the West of England Access West Programme

MultiCAV Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 

Area of expertise

Social psychology approaches to travel behaviour
Behaviour change
Sustainable transport
Evaluation of sustainable transport programmes
Qualitative research methods and analysis


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