Dr Thomas Calvert

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About me

Tom is a researcher into transport and the built environment. He is a research associate in the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments​  and the Centre for Transport and Society. His main current projects include Urban ID, funded by Research Councils UK. This project seeks to diagnose city problems in new ways, disrupting business as usual through co-production, working across academic disciplines and using innovative methods. Tom is also working on the MODLE project, which seeks to introduce innovative on-demand bus services in the North Bristol and Avonmouth area (contributed to by Innovate UK).

Tom's built environment qualifications include an MSc Transport Planning and a PhD studied with the Centre for Transport & Society (CTS). He was awarded a distinction for the MSc. His dissertation examined experiential aspects of commuting, for which he was awarded the annual dissertation prize by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) SW Branch. His PhD was awarded in 2015, for a thesis examining pedestrian experiences of walking in cities, and the implications of these experiences for designing more walkable environments. Research for the thesis included a sub-focus on the effects of motor traffic on urban pedestrian experience. Data were collected through in-depth interviews using novel journey-recollection and walk-along methods

Between his Master's and PhD studies, Tom was employed as a researcher for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between University of the West of England, Bristol City Council and Bristol NHS. The project looked at an alternative approach to road safety called Road Danger Reduction approach, which sparked Tom's interest in the mixed impacts of motor traffic on city life. More recently, he has gained further research experience conducting a number of literature review projects for CTS. These included reviews of measures promoting sustainable travel, for the Evidence Project, funded under the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe initiative. He has also conducted quantitative analysis into WiFi use on trains, as part of the 'Continuously Connected Customer – WiFi on Trains' project, in partnership with Chiltern Railways. Other recent work includes assisting the development of a report for the WHO, examining 'Environment and health for European Cities in the 21st Century.'​​​


Urban ID


Area of expertise

Experiences of travel and city environments

Green Infrastructure

Walkable environments and pedestrian experience

Qualitative research methodology including phenomenology and thematic analysis.

Qualitative research methods including psychological research methods and 'walk-along' interviewing ​


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