Research Strengths

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Transport Safety

The Transport Safety Research Centre strives to improve safety of transport users through research expertise in human factors, engineering, psychology, health sciences, education and social science.

Now recognised as a University Centre of Excellence, a key focus of the centre's research involves understanding real-world aspects of the transport-users and how this impacts on transport safety and intelligent mobility. The Group has extensive expertise and experience in research methodology and in particular, analysis of safety and injury data. Several members of the group have been involved in investigations of traffic collisions since the 1980’s.

Bringing together around 20 academic and research staff plus PhD students, most of whom are conducting applied research across a wide range of transport safety areas including evidence-based policy-making tools, accident causation research, safer infrastructures, advanced vehicle and road-based safety systems and the impact of road user behaviour on safety and mobility. 

The group has substantial experience in national and EU funded projects. Previous projects it has successfully coordinated include the EC-funded projects DaCoTA (FP 7), SafetyNet (FP 6) and PENDANT (FP 5). Team members have collectively published over 500 research papers concerning crash analysis, simulation and injury biomechanics. 

Areas of expertise

  • In-depth, multidisciplinary road accident investigation and data collection, specializing in highway, vehicle and human factors
  • Analysis of large accident databases
  • Design, management and execution of specialist accident data analyses, including cost-benefit studies
  • Monitoring and advising on safety regulations, guidelines and policy
  • Behaviour of drivers and other road-users
  • Evaluating vehicle and component crashworthiness
  • Wide ranging road safety and engineering related research expertise offered through collaborations within our Institute and established external partnerships across Europe, and further afield, including: 

    -   safety related highway infrastructure design

    -   driver and rider vision, visibility, and vehicle conspicuity,

    -   signs and road markings

    -   traffic signals, pedestrian/cycle crossings, roundabouts and other junctions

    -   traffic calming schemes

    -   children and the vulnerable road users, including mobility and impairment issues
  • Human crash kinematics, injuries and biomechanics
  • Management of large (national and international) data collection systems
  • Naturalistic driving and Driver Field Trials
  • Injury biomechanics and injury analysis
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Road user behaviour
  • Human factors
  • Vulnerable Road User research
  • Driver impairment and fitness to drive

For more details see the links below to the project listings.

  • Morris, A, Reed, S, Welsh, R, Brown, L, Birrell, S (2015) Distraction effects of navigation and green-driving systems – results from field operational tests (FOTs) in the UK, European Transport Research Review, 7(3), ISSN: 1867-0717. DOI: 10.1007/s12544-015-0175-3.
  • Lenard, JA, Ekambaram, KMorris, A (2015) Position and rotation of driver's head as risk factor for whiplash in rear impacts, J Ergonomics, 3(12).
  • Barnes, J. S., Morris, A. P., Welsh, R., Summerskill, S., Marshall, R., Kendrick, D., Bell, J. (2015). Injuries to older users of buses in the UK. Public Transport Planning and Operations ISSN 1866-749X Public Transp DOI 10.1007/s12469-015-0113-8
  • Kendrick, D., Drummond, A., Logan, P., Barnes, J., & Worthington, E. (2015). Systematic review of the epidemiology of non-collision injuries occurring to older people during use of public buses in high income countries. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 2(3), 394-405. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2015.06.002
  • Kellezi, B., Baines, D. L., Coupland, C., Beckett, K., Barnes, J., Sleney, J., . . . Kendrick, D. (2015). The impact of injuries on health service resource use and costs in primary and secondary care in the English NHS. Journal of Public Health.
  • Kellezi, B., Beckett, K., Earthy, S., Barnes, J.,Sleney, J., Clarkson, J., . . . Kendrick, D. (2015). Understanding and meeting information needs following unintentional injury: Comparing the accounts of patients, carers and service providers. INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED, 46(4), 564-571. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2014.11.035
  • Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Gutteridge, R., Evans, M., Hekkert, P. (forthcoming October 2014). Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Full Report. University of Wolverhampton, Project Partners & AHRC. Download.
  • Niedderer, K., Mackrill, J., Clune, S., Evans, M., Lockton, D., Ludden, G., Morris, A., Gutteridge, R., Gardiner, E., Hekkert, P., Cain, R. (2014). Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation. NordDesign 2014, August 27 – 29, Espoo, Finland. Joining Forces: Investigating the influence of design for behaviour change on sustainable innovation (PDF 840K, Downloads file).
  • Hancox, G.;Richardson, J.; Morris, A. Drivers’ Willingness to Engage with their Mobile Phone: the Influence of Phone Function and Road Demand. IET Intelligent Transport Solutions 2013 7 (2): 215-222

Academic & Research staff

PhD & MPhil students