Dr Kiron Chatterjee

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Kiron has over two decades of experience in transport research with this including studies in road safety, traffic management, travel behaviour, transport modelling and appraisal, evaluation and transport policy. Kiron joined the Centre for Transport & Society at UWE in September 2003 after starting his career at the University of Southampton.

Kiron is pioneering the use of longitudinal methods and analysis to understand travel behaviour. This involves both quantitative and qualitative data. He is leading an ESRC project ‘Life Transitions and Travel Behaviour’ which is estimating statistical relationships between life events (such as moving home) and travel behaviour (such as commuting mode of transport), using panel data from the national Understanding Society and British Household Panel surveys. Previously, Kiron led an EPSRC project ‘Investigating Travel Behaviour Dynamics and Their Incorporation into Transport Models’ which involved a four-wave panel survey of the travel behaviour of residents before and after the introduction a new Bus Rapid Transit system and developed dynamic choice models to predict the effect of the new system on bus use.

Qualitative data in the form of biographical interviews is being used to better understand how life experiences and events and future aspirations influence travel behaviour.  These have been used to study the triggers for starting, returning to or stopping cycling and the reasons why people join car clubs. He is currently supervising a PhD research project that is using life history interviews to investigate how and why walking and cycling behaviour fluctuates over the life course.

Kiron has considerable experience in evaluation studies. He is currently project manager of a four-year evaluation study for DfT of the Cycling City and Towns programme. This has involved large-scale household surveys and in-depth interviews with residents. In February-May 2011 he contributed to a review of the benefits of investing in the walking environment for Living Streets. In a project for DfT in 2007, he reviewed the effectiveness of Personal Travel Planning projects in England and drafted guidance on future evaluation methodology. He was joint editor in 2009 of a special Issue of the Transport Policy journal on the evaluation of voluntary travel behaviour change programmes.

Area of expertise

• Travel behaviour change
• Longitudinal methods (panel data, biographical interviewing)
• Life-course perspective applied to travel behaviour
• Dynamic travel choice models
• Evaluation of transport initiatives
• Walking and cycling
• Travel surveys
• Transport modelling
• Transport appraisal
• Transport and accessibility


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