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Social and Political Sciences


Expertise of research area
mobility; mobility justice; mobility planning; political philosophy of mobility; politics of transport; sociology of transport; transport and social disadvantage; transport governance; transport policy; transport sustainability; travel behaviour; travel demand; urban pollution

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We investigate transport and mobility from perspectives of the social and political sciences studies, with the aim of delivering effective, fair and environmentally sustainable mobility systems locally, nationally and globally.

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<p>Our mobility system shapes our social and economic opportunities and activities, having profound implications for environment and health ranging from greenhouse gas emissions, urban pollution and resource and land use. Although the benefits and problems of mobility are shared by everyone, they are not shared equally.</p> <p>The ways in which mobility is organised and governed locally and globally influence the nature and distribution of the social, health, economic and environmental aspects of mobility. Given this, we use a broad range of social and political research methods to:</p> <ul> <li>understand mobility and the transport system and its role in, and influence on people&rsquo;s lives and vice versa</li> <li>understand the policy and governance of mobility and transport &ndash; how are agendas set and policy formed?&nbsp;</li> <li>investigate ways of steering policy and changing mobility to improve its social, environmental and economic impacts &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>We work with and host visitors from other universities and research organisations, local and national government, industry and non-governmental organisations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find out more about our <a href="">research and expertise</a>.</p> <p>We have opportunities for prospective postgraduate researchers. Previous topics have included:</p> <ul> <li>integration of active travel modes into the design of inclusive public transport systems and services</li> <li>future of commuting</li> <li>road user&#39;s perception and attitudes as a barrier against cycling in cities</li> <li>reducing use of conventionally fuelled vehicles</li> <li>pedestrian mobility in deprived environments</li> <li>mobility-related social exclusion</li> <li>early-life exposure to traffic-related air pollution and risk of developing childhood asthma</li> <li>incentivising sustainable travel behaviours</li> <li>public participation GIS and web-based GIS</li> <li>energy, carbon and travel impacts of vehicle automation.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to research study associated with a specific project, prospective students can also suggest their own topic. In this case, we ask prospective students to contact us for an informal discussion, before submitting a research proposal. <a href=";query=&amp;">Search our supervisors</a> within the Institute for Transport Studies.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?</h5> <p><strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the Institute of Transport Studies</a></li> <li><a href="">Social and Political Sciences research</a></li> <li><a href="">Institute for&nbsp;Transport Studies,&nbsp;Research&nbsp;and Innovation&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, development and overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Gillian Harrison</a> and <a href="">Dr Kate Pangbourne</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5326.</p>

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