- the development of people-friendly, sustainable and liveable cities, that inter-link urban with transportation planning;
- improving the de-carbonisation of road transport, with the associated improvements on air quality;
- encouraging more sustainable modes of travel, including walking, cycling and taking public transport, with the health benefits these can also bring;
- improving connectivity and public space for both children and older people;
- the delivery of technology-enabled, value-added information systems and services for transportation and urban planning.
Alan is passionate about creating impact through research, and engaging the public with his research, to develop vibrant and liveable cities that are centred on people and innovation, rather than planned just 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 is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and has won awards for Science Communications and in Research Presentation. His public engagement work includes organising as well as presenting at festivals and exhibitions, including the Cheltenham Science Festival, Winchester Science Centre, 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 the Future Cities Community Hub as part of the University’s Public Engagement with Research network.