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Transport Studies Unit

Seeking to advance innovative approaches to the study of transport futures

The Transport Studies Unit (TSU) takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of transport futures, drawing on relevant, state-of-the art developments in geography, environmental and transport studies, economics, sociology, psychology and the engineering sciences.


The TSU is a research centre based at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. It has an established international research reputation in the fields of transport policy analysis, the development of new methodologies and behavioural studies. The TSU's mission is to maintain and enhance this reputation for excellence in research and to extend it into teaching. To this end, the TSU aims to be at the leading edge in national and international transport developments. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the social, economic and environmental implications of transport over both time and space. The TSU's work ranges in geographic scale from the local to the global, and the full spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research techniques is deployed.

The TSU is committed to:

  • undertaking integrated and collaborative research;
  • creating dynamic partnerships with government, business, NGOs and the public;
  • informing public and corporate policy and the wider community; and
  • making its research insights accessible to all.
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