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Dr Alan Wong MSc, Eng.D., MBCS, MIC, FHEA, FRSA

Research Fellow

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Dr Alan Wong is a Research Fellow with significant industry and research experience at the University of Southampton.

I work with the University, City and Hampshire Councils, and the local community to make Southampton a more friendly, accessible and liveable City, with the aim of helping to improve people’s physical and mental health

Alan‘s principal research interest is on the development of people-friendly, sustainable and liveable cities, that inter-link urban with transportation planning. Current focus is centred on improving the de-carbonisation of road transport, with the associated improvements on air quality, and encouraging more sustainable modes of travel, including walking, cycling and taking public transport, with the health benefits these can also bring. Other research includes improving connectivity and public space for both children and older people, and the delivery of technology-enabled, value-added information systems and services for transportation and urban planning.

He is passionate about creating impact through research, and engaging the public with research, to develop vibrant and liveable cities that are centred on people and innovation, rather than planned around cars and the harmful effects these can bring.

Previously, Alan was a senior technologist, working for major FTSE100 companies, as well as Transport for London on innovative uses of data from their iBus (Automatic Vehicle Location and ‘Countdown’) System to improve London-wide bus fleet detection, giving vehicles priority at signal junctions and reducing bus stop dwell times. He has also worked with local bus companies on reducing vehicle emissions, and with MIT and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) on assessing the impact of in-vehicle systems tasks on drivers’ workload and the coping strategies they adopt as a consequence.

He holds a first degree from Imperial College London, and an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Southampton, as well as business and technology qualifications. He has also won awards for Science Communications and in Research Presentation, and his public engagement work includes organising as well as presenting at festivals and exhibitions, such as the Cheltenham Science Festival, Winchester Science Centre (Intech), Bestival and Glastonbury music festivals, and the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition. He champions an art-and-science cultural connections network in Southampton, and coordinates a public engagement group for researchers as part of the University’s Public Engagement with Research network.

Research interests

Lead researcher and project manager for the monitoring and evaluation of the Solent Future Transport Zone (FTZ) suite of projects, including Theme 1 for Personal Mobility, and Theme 2 for Sustainable Urban Logistics.

Lead researcher for the EU Horizon 2020 Metamorphosis Project, working in conjunction with the Cities of Alba Iulia (RO), Graz (AT), Merano (IT), Munich (DE), Southampton (UK), Tilburg (NL) and Zurich (CH). Also Work Package (WP) Leader for delivery of WP2: User Involvement and Analysis.

Lead researcher for the monitoring and evaluation of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Case Study on Carbon Impacts and Congestion Relief for the Department for Transport, and for the Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) programme in the South Hampshire area, and part of the Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices.

Previously worked on several UK/EU Research Projects, including the lead author for:

- Older People and Walking, and Information System and Guidance Services for Older People (GOAL: Growing Older and Staying Mobile Programme).

- Alternatives to Car Use - Car Sharing and Car Pooling (EU CIVITAS POINTER Programme).

- UK Intelligent Mobility Skills Strategy, report prepared by the Transport Systems Catapult (now Connected Places Catapult) for UK Government.

Research group

Transportation Group

Affiliate research groups

Public Engagement with Research, Solent Future Transport Zone, Connecting Culture Project

Research project(s)

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices


Solent Future Transport Zone. Theme 1: Passenger Mobility

Coordinator for Engineers, Scientists and other Enthusiasts involved in Public Engagement with Research.

Champion for Southampton Cultural Connections: working in conjunction with local artists, musicians and other community groups as well as the University and City Council to help make Southampton a more vibrant, people-friendly and liveable City.

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Instructor on CENV6112 Transport, Energy and the Environment

Instructor on CENV6171 Highway and Traffic Engineering

Instructor on CENV6001 Transportation Planning: Practice

Previous Teaching:

CENV6002 Transportation Engineering: Analysis and Design  

Dr Alan Wong
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number NNN: 176/4003

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