Dr Thomas Calvert

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  • Qualifications:BMus MSc PhD
  • Position:Research Fellow
  • Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)
  • Telephone:+4411732 83890

About me

Tom is a researcher into transport and the built environment. He is a research associate in the Centre for Transport and Society. His main current projects include MultiCAV, funded by Innovate UK. This project seeks  to trial multi-modal Mobility as a Service, incorporating autonomous vehicles. Tom is also working on the Transforming Cities Fund National Evaluation project. This project is devising and putting into operating an evaulation of the Transforming Cities Fund's effectiveness. Recent work has also included the MODLE project, which sought to introduce innovative on-demand bus services in the North Bristol and Avonmouth area (contributed to by Innovate UK). 

Tom lectures on Undergraduate Human Geography modules, mainly around the topics of walking and sustainable travel.

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. ​​​

Area of expertise

Experiences of travel and city environments

Walkable environments and pedestrian experience

Qualitative research methodology including phenomenology and thematic analysis.

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

On-demand Transport


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