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Mr Adrian J. Hickford BSc

Senior Research Assistant

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Adrian Hickford is a Senior Research Assistant within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

As well as recent work on methods to assess future changes to national and regional  infrastructure systems in Great Britain, and applying methodologies to developing countries, Adrian’s research activities have been centred around promoting use of active travel and sustainable transport, improvements to road safety, particularly focusing on the assessment of junction design, use of pedestrian guardrails and deployment and use of traffic safety cameras, and subsequent analysis of speed and accident data, current practices of road traffic accident data gathering and analysis.

Research interests

Recent Research Projects

  • DAFNI Champion – acting as an advocate within the University and wider transport community for promoting and disseminating information about the new Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).
  • NISMOD-TRD Developing applications of the ITRC-NISMOD transport model – Promoting the application of ITRC’s NISMODv2 Transport model, and developing relationships with key stakeholders in national, regional and local transport policy
  • Decision Support Systems for Resilient Strategic Transport Networks in Low Income Countries – developing scenarios of change for long-distance transport systems, with East Africa as a case-study region. The scenarios will help inform the Climate Risk and Resilience Assessment and Sustainability Indicator development which will form part of the online Decision Support Tool deliverable.
  • Pathways to Decarbonise Transport in England’s Economic Heartland – carrying out an assessment of different strategic approaches to decarbonising a regional transport system using transport modelling tools developed by ITRC.
  • MISTRAL (Multi-Scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics) – developing scenarios and applying national modelling to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and the wider region of England’s Economic Heartland. Development of general framework for national infrastructure assessment applied to different geo-political contexts (with a focus on Palestine and Curacao).
  • Road Safety in Low Income Countries - undertaking a systematic review and producing a state of knowledge paper on road safety in low income countries. Particular focus was placed on underreporting, limited data conditions, unobserved heterogeneity, emerging technologies and new forms of data, novel approaches, expected increases in traffic volumes, dumping of old vehicles and advanced vehicle safety features. 
  • The Resilience Shift – carrying out a scoping review of literature relating to resilience in connected infrastructure systems.
  • ITRC (Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium) – research programme on the long-term dynamics of interdependent infrastructure systems. One of four editors for Cambridge University Press Book “The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach”.
  • Monitoring and evaluation for ‘A Better Connected South Hampshire’, Solent Transport’s (formerly Transport for South Hampshire) Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) large bid, and for the LSTF Carbon Case Study (South Hampshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire).

Research group

Transportation Group

Research project(s)

UKCRIC Strand C: Data Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)

ITRC MISTRAL – Transport Research

Decision Support Systems for Resilient Strategic Transport Networks in Low Income Countries

This project will contribute to the High Volume Transport (HVT) research programme by developing and delivering what will be (to the best of our knowledge) the first multi-state transport infrastructure decision support system in a developing context.  The system will aim to support investment decisions and option selection for long distance strategic land transport projects by providing a fast and consistent methodology for comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different project options with respect to a range of sustainability indictors.  As well as covering infrastructure investments, the system will be sufficiently flexible to also allow assessment of changes to the management and operation of long-distance road and rail systems. The research is taking a regional approach, focusing on two Low Income Countries (Tanzania and Uganda) and two neighbouring Lower Middle Income Countries (Kenya and Zambia) in East Africa.  The project is led by the University of Southampton’s Transportation Research Group, in partnership with the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and supported by a range of stakeholder partners in the case study region.

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Book Chapters

  • Tran, M., Hall, J., Nicholls, R., Hickford, A. J., Chaudry, M., & Watson, G. (2018). Sustainable Infrastructure. In T. Dixon, J. Connaughton, & S. Green (Eds.), Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050: A Foresight Approach to Construction and Development (pp. 117-136). Wiley.
  • Stanton, N., McIlroy, R. C., Harvey, C., Preston, J., Blainey, S., Hickford, A., & Ryan, B. (2017). Exploring the constraints of modal shift to rail transport. In N. A. Stanton, P. M. Salmon, G. H. Walker, & D. P. Jenkins (Eds.), Cognitive Work Analysis: Applications, Extensions and Future Directions (pp. 207-231). CRC Press.
  • Hall, J. W., Otto, A., Hickford, A. J., Nicholls, R. J., & Tran, M. (2016). A framework for analysing the long-term performance of interdependent infrastructure systems. In J. W. Hall, M. Tran, A. J. Hickford, & R. J. Nicholls (Eds.), The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach (pp. 12-29). Cambridge University Press.
  • Tran, M., Hall, J. W., Nicholls, R. J., & Hickford, A. J. (2016). Assessing the performance of national infrastructure strategies. In J. W. Hall, M. Tran, A. J. Hickford, & R. J. Nicholls (Eds.), The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach (pp. 205-226). Cambridge University Press.
  • Hall, J. W., Nicholls, R. J., Hickford, A. J., & Tran, M. (2016). Introducing national infrastructure assessment. In J. W. Hall, M. Tran, A. J. Hickford, & R. J. Nicholls (Eds.), The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach (pp. 3-11). Cambridge University Press.
  • Hall, J. W., Nicholls, R. J., Tran, M., & Hickford, A. J. (2016). The future of national infrastructure. In J. W. Hall, M. Tran, A. J. Hickford, & R. J. Nicholls (Eds.), The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach (pp. 310-318). Cambridge University Press.
  • Cherrett, T. J., Maynard, S., McLeod, F. N., & Hickford, A. J. (2012). Reverse logistics for the management of waste. In Green Logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of logistics (pp. 242-262). Kogan Page.



Mr Adrian J. Hickford
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number NNN: 176/4003

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3152

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