Smart Mobility Unit

The Smart Mobility Unit (SMU) was launched in March 2018. The Unit builds on projects run at the University such as: Evalu8 (which delivered the Government’s electric vehicle Plugged-in-Places scheme in the East of England), smart bus ticketing and the E-Car Club (the UK’s first entirely electric pay-per-use car club).

The Unit’s interests and expertise include: travel planning, transport-related behaviour change, intelligent transport systems, biometrics, smart ticketing, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) applications, big data analysis and spatial mapping.

The Unit works with the Government, Local Authorities, private sector organisations and public transport operators to develop transport solutions. It is also a partner in projects such as the Hatfield 2030 plan to redevelop Hatfield town centre and in developing Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which aims to make sustainable transport an integral part of community planning and change.

The University has its own bus company called UNO. The Unit collaborates with UNO and that collaboration, along other resources on the University estate, means that the University can act as a ‘living laboratory’ for research projects.

Visiting Professor Stephen Joseph appointed

The SMU is pleased to welcome Stephen Joseph as Visiting Professor. Stephen Joseph was executive director of Campaign for Better Transport from 1988 until 2020.  His wide-ranging expertise and contacts have helped to make the organisation the country’s leading transport NGO.

The last 20-plus years have had many highlights for Stephen, including persuading the Treasury to cut the road-building programme in the 1990s, campaigning for increased rail investment and new/ reopened lines and stations, and highlighting the importance of buses and the impact of cuts in bus services.

Stephen was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport from 1999-2005, having been one of the panel of external advisers on the Transport White Paper 1997-8, and was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) during its inquiry on transport and the economy. He was also on the steering group for the Government’s road user charging feasibility study 2003-4. More recently he has been a member of challenge panels or advisory groups for Government plans on high-speed rail, eco-towns, transport appraisal and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Stephen was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for services to transport and the environment, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in November 2010. His latest article was published recently in The Conversation.

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We hold monthly seminars outlining our research and that of the "sister" group Urbanism Unit. They are held at the University and have plenary and discussion sessions, followed by cheese, wine and good conversation.

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