In the driving seat? Precarity and car dependency.


Research findings from the DEMAND Centre explore how uncertainty around jobs and accommodation (precarity) can lead to car dependence for some despite the expense and environmental concerns. Precarity in housing and employment A new DEMAND Research Insight entitled ‘Precarity in housing and employment: a dimension of car dependency’ highlights the […]

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EUED on sustainable transport

sustainable transport

A selection of work on the social, technical and economic tools being developed by the End Use Energy Demand Centres to increase sustainable transport.   Transport is widely recognised as a sector with much capacity for reducing energy demand (and thus greenhouse gas emissions), yet little has been done in […]

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Mobility as a Service: The route forward?

mobility as a service

Meet the researchers looking into the concept of ‘mobility as a service’ that could replace the need for personal vehicles. Attitudes to transport With the need to reduce carbon emissions across society ever-growing, every area of our lives is being scrutinised for ways to cut down on unnecessary energy use. […]

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CIED’s Schwanen on micro EVs in Guardian article

micro EV

An article on micro electronic vehicles (EVs) in the Guardian quotes the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)’s Tim Schwanen on the viability of large scale adoption. The article, (from 11th May) entitled ‘Smaller, lighter, greener: are micro EVs the future of city transport?’ looks at the different options […]

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CIED cited in House of Lords autonomous vehicles report

autonomous vehicles

A new report on autonomous vehicles from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee cites evidence from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED). The report, entitled ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV): The future?’ was the result of an inquiry inspired by the rapid development of CAV technology […]

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CIED blog on automated vehicles

automated vehicles

A new blog from CIED’s Suzanne Fisher-Murray explores the implications of potential ‘radical innovations’ in automated vehicles in the freight industry. The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) held a workshop in London on 20th March jointly organised with the University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit. Stakeholders gathered to […]

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Commission on Travel Demand launch

Driverless car

7th March will see the official launch of the Commission on Travel Demand with an event at the University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS). The Commission – led by Professor Greg Marsden – is an independent group which forms part of the EUED DEMAND Centre. The group aim […]

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Energy in the City – DEMAND Summer School

DEMAND summer school

The call for applications is open for the DEMAND Summer School at the University of Leeds, from 18 – 20 July on Energy Demand and Mobility.  The event focusses on energy demand and mobility in the city. Cities are important sites of energy demand, distinctive in terms of density and […]

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i-STUTE paper special award

i-stute paper

Dr Akos Revesz of the i-STUTE centre has won a special award for his paper on using ground energy from underground railway tunnels. The award was received at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Conference and AHR Expo in Las Vegas, USA. The full title […]

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Travel Demand Commission launches

Commission on Travel Demand

The Commission on Travel Demand, chaired by Professor Greg Marsden of the DEMAND Centre and Institute for Transport Studies, has issued a call for evidence. A new Travel Demand Commission has been set up by researchers at the EUED DEMAND Centre. The group brings together leading experts to gather evidence […]

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Why social science is crucial in tackling climate change

Gas rings

EUED Centres Coordinator James O’Toole looks at the crucial importance of using social science approaches alongside technology in addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Scientist stereotypes? In the public consciousness, climate change science tends to focus on natural scientists (chemists, physicists, biologists etc.). Whether they are developing more energy efficient technologies, mapping […]

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Whose emissions are they anyway?

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Dr Marco Sakai, Dr Kate Scott and Prof John Barrett of the CIE-MAP Centre argue that measuring carbon emissions by consumption rather than production would more accurately and fairly allocate responsibility for meeting climate change targets.   Measuring emissions As the COP22 UN Climate Change conference drew to a close […]

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CIED submit evidence on driverless technology

Driverless car

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand team have provided driverless vehicle technology feedback to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee. Dr Debbie Hopkins, Professor Tim Schwanen and Professor Benjamin Sovacool answered the call from the committee for research evidence on ‘connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology’ […]

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Putting Transport Poverty on the Map

transport poverty map

9% of UK households suffer from the transport equivalent of fuel poverty. New research from the Institute for Transport Studies – working with the DEMAND Centre – highlights the problem of transport affordability and transport poverty in the UK. The (t)ERES project examines how many households struggle with the cost […]

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UK Carbon Footprint Rises


CIE-Map’s Dr Anne Owen was interviewed in ‘The Environmentalist’ on 2nd August about reports that greenhouse gas emissions associated with the UK are rising.  The article – by Catherine Early – discusses Defra statistics which factor in emissions created by the process of importing goods to the UK. The rise […]

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London Mobility Survey Launch

London Mobility Survey Logo

CEE Centre researchers are contributing to a new transport data gathering exercise using a smartphone app that monitors people’s travel in the capital. The study will offer participants detailed information about cost, time, distance and different modes of travel to give them a better understanding of how they use transport […]

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New DEMAND paper on car dependence

car dials

A new paper from Giulio Mattioli, Jillian Anable and Katerina Vrostou mines data to dig deeper into how cars are used in the UK. The paper, entitled ‘Car dependent practices: Findings from a sequence pattern mining study of UK time use data’ looks at three types of car dependence analysis: […]

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Rethinking resilience

A new paper from Dr Tim Schwanen arising from the Innovations in Urban Transport project has been published in the City journal. Entitled ‘Rethinking resilience as capacity to endure’ the paper looks at the use of the term ‘resilience’ in thinking about urban transport. Read the full paper at City […]

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