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Modelling Mobility as a Service for optimised transport provision in semi-rural Ireland (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)


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  Dr Eoghan Furey, Dr Marion McAfee, Dr L Creedon, Dr Pádraig Ó Gallchóir  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project description: The high levels of ownership and usage of private cars must be tackled in order to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of transport in Ireland. This is of particular concern in semi-rural areas where public transport is insufficient to meet the daily transport needs of citizens. The growth of the sharing economy, in which people exchange goods and services, has the potential to yield an innovative transport strategy that enables users to gain short-term access to transport modes on an ‘as-needed basis’. The concept of ‘Mobility as- a-Service’ (MaaS) describes the use of digital technologies that integrate various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand. This project will involve the development of models to explore the impact of Connected and Autonomous MaaS solutions to enhance the uptake of public transport and improve transport equity in semi-rural areas. The model will include analysis of transport carbon emissions, traffic flow, infrastructure cost and accessibility of several different future shared and autonomous mobility scenarios with a view to minimizing emissions without depriving rural citizens of access to transport.  

 Project objectives: 

  1. Identify fundamental drivers of human mobility in semi-rural areas via analysis of Mobility as a Service data. 
  2. Develop new mathematical models and analytical tools for predicting macro-scale movement in semi-rural areas under new and emerging mobility scenarios. 
  3. Influence the development of future local government transport policy and route planning of commercial transport services. 


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The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm (GMT) 21st February 2022

Funding Notes

Unit costs per PRTP scholar p/a:
Stipend: €19,000 gross, €16,000 nett (nett stipend of €16,000 p/a is after deduction of €3,000 p/a student contribution).
Tuition fees: Waived by each institute (fee waivers may be partial for non-EU candidates).
Consumables, Mobility, and Training: Up to €3,500 p/a for non-laboratory, desk-based research; Up to €4,500 p/a for studio, or fieldwork research; Up to €5,500 p/a for laboratory-based research

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