BA MA PhD MCILT FRGS FCIHT
- Primary position:
- Professor of Rail Transport
Professor Preston is Professor of Rail Transport. He was previously Head of the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Academic Unit (2011-2014), Director of the Transportation Research Group (2008-11) and Head of the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (2010-11). He has over 30 years of experience in transport teaching and research, having previously held posts at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford. His research in transport covers demand and capacity modelling, regulatory studies, economic appraisal and land-use and environment interactions. His initial work concentrated on rail but subsequent work has covered all the major modes of transport. He has held over 130 research grants and contracts, worth over £8 million, and has published over 260 articles, book chapters, conference and working papers.
His current work at Southampton includes leadership of the DITTO consortium that is undertaking research to optimise rail operations and the University’s contribution to the Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices. He is also providing transport expertise to the Track21 and Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium projects. He previously led the iConnect consortium that undertook an evaluation of engineering interventions to promote walking and cycling.
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Current research is focussed on two broad areas: demand, capacity and cost modelling for sustainable transport infrastructure (Track 21, Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, Rail Capacity and Demand), with an emphasis on rail, and on the evaluation of transport interventions designed to promote sustainable choices (Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices, iConnect).
Primary research group: Transportation Group
Research work in rail capacity at Southampton was initiated with the OCCASION project (2010-2012), followed-up with a Knowledge Transfer Secondment with Arup (2013-14) and continues with the DITTO project (2014-2017). Research work on rail demand forecasting at Southampton was initiated with Rail Research UK (2003-2010) and has continued with a series of grants, contracts and consultancy studies.
Professor Preston is interested in supervising Doctoral Students in three broad areas: Transport Economics and Policy Transport, Energy and the Environment Project Economics and Management
Member of the Scientific Committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS).
Co-Chair of WCTRS Special Interest Group 13: Rail (see http://wctrs.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr)
Board Member of the International Association of Rail Operations Research (IAROR) (http://www.iaror.org/board.html)
Steering Committee Member of the International Conference on Competition and Ownership of Land Passenger Transport (and Conference Organiser in 1997 and 2013) (http://thredbo-conference-series.org)
Member of the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis.
|CENV6044||RESEARCH PROJECT: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND ENGINEERING||Lecturer|
|CENV6112||TRANSPORT, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT||Coordinator|
|CENV6152||PROJECT ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT||Coordinator|
|CENV6101||PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRANSPORT||Lecturer|