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  Multi-modal travel in shared spaces – improving cooperation, safety, and traveller confidence

   School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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  Dr Dilum Dissanayake  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Centre for National Training and Research Excellence in Understanding behaviour (CENTRE-UB) is inviting applications for a Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partners Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to start in October 2024.

Increasingly, people use different personal travel modes (e.g., driving; walking; wheeling; cycling; e-scooting) on shared roads, pathways, and pavements. This can generate antipathy between travellers (especially between those using different travel modes) and increase accident rates and risk perceptions. This, in turn, can reduce confidence in some modes, thereby impacting on individuals’ travelling choices, wellbeing, and overall transport emissions. For example, people that perceived car drivers as antagonistic towards cyclists would be likely to cycle less often and could be deterred from cycling at all.

This unique 4-year fully funded PhD studentship opportunity is co-designed by the University of Birmingham and its non-academic partners, with the support of TfWM’s Future Transport Behaviour Change Lead and the Influencing Transport Lab (ITL). The project is also supported by Birmingham City Council advising us on suitable case studies.

The successful candidate will be supervised by an experienced and interdisciplinary supervisory team from two schools at the University of Birmingham (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and School of Psychology) and behavioural change team from TfWM. With the support of their supervisors, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to design the project in line with their own interests, skills, and experience. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake a 6-month research placement within the Future Transport Innovation team at TfWM.

We are looking for a highly talented and dedicated PhD student with a 1st class or 2:1 degree in the field of psychology, social science, sociology, anthropology, behavioural economics, human geography, transport studies or closely related fields. A master’s degree in a relevant area is desirable though not necessary. A significant proportion of an undergraduate degree or master’s degree must have focussed on social research methods. Experience of applying qualitative and quantitative research methods would be a distinct advantage.

To be considered for this PhD, please follow the instructions on:

Application deadline: 16 May 2024, 5pm

Centre-UB studentships cover tuition fees, a maintenance stipend, support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available to both home and international applicants. You can find further details here:

Informal enquiries prior to application can be directed to Dr Dilum Dissanayake ([Email Address Removed]), and Dr Lei Zhang ([Email Address Removed])

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Funding Notes

Centre-UB is a centre for doctoral training that is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the University of Birmingham. Each 4-year studentship will include a UKRI-rate stipend (for 24/25 this is £19,237 – paid in monthly instalments) and tuition fees. PhD students will also have access to ample training opportunities.

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