John Nelson

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BA (Liverpool University); PGCE (Durham University); PhD (Newcastle University); FRGS; FCIHT
Chair in Public Transport

Rm 216
H73 - 378 Abercrombie Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Professor John Nelson is Chair in Public Transport at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), University of Sydney which he joined in February 2019 from the University of Aberdeen where he was Sixth Century Chair in Transport Studies and Director of the Centre for Transport Research. While in Aberdeen he completed two terms as Director of Research and Commercialisation for the College of Physical Sciences, was Co-Director of the RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub and latterly served as Director of Postgraduate Teaching, School of Engineering. Before moving to Aberdeen in 2007 he was Professor of Public Transport Systems in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, having initially joined the academic staff as a lecturer in 1992. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems (with a particular focus on public transport and shared transport solutions) as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility. His research is funded by the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, the European Commission and industry. He is a past Chairman of the Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), which promotes transport teaching and research across the UK and Ireland, served as Scientific Director for the ITS European Congress in Glasgow (2016) and is a founder member of MaaS Scotland. He is Series Editor for Routledge’s Transport and Mobility and Transport and Society book series.

Research Interests

I have a long-track record of contributions to research focussed on public transport and am especially interested in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative applications of intelligent mobility embracing areas such as flexible transport services, journey planning, bus priority and liftsharing. A particular focus has been on flexible and demand responsive transport (DRT) services (in essence any form of public transport service which members of the public can use but which, unlike conventional public transport, does not follow a predefined route and timetable) and I have been involved in the evaluation of several high profile trials across Europe. Contributions include methods for the integration of regular collective transport services with complementary flexible transport schemes and other forms of shared-use transport (the Agency approach), and a virtual transport marketplace for rural flexible transport services. I am interested in developing new ways to communicate useful transport information to the public, e.g. via enhanced user-centric journey planners, or by exploring the use of social media information. I maintain a long-term interest in high-capacity bus systems and I have been involved in several projects related to Bus Rapid Transit Bus, initially in China and more recently in Europe.

Currently, I am currently engaged in work which is scoping out future trends in urban mobility. This includes exploring the potential contribution that public transport can make to the emerging Mobility as a Service (MaaS) paradigm, with a strong focus on shared transport solutions / new mobility services (such as lift sharing and car sharing) which in time may lead to a redefinition of the public transport offer.

Selected publications

2019

Journal Articles

Cui J, and Nelson J (2019) Underground transport: An overview Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 87, 122-126. [More Information]

Mounce R, and Nelson J (2019) On the potential for one-way electric vehicle car-sharing in future mobility systems Transportation Research Part A, 120, 17-30. [More Information]

Wright S, Nelson J, and Cottrill C (2019) MaaS for the suburban market: Incorporating carpooling in the mix Transportation Research Part A, In Press.

Yeboah G, Cottrill C, Nelson J, Corsar D, Markovic M, and Edwards P (2019) Understanding factors influencing public transport passengers' pre-travel information-seeking behaviour Public Transport, In Press. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Hensher D (2019) Intelligent Mobility and Mobility as a Service A Research Agenda for Transport Policy; Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom.

2018

Journal Articles

Corsar D, Cottrill C, Beecroft M, Nelson J, Papangelis K, Edwards P, Velaga N, and Sripada S (2018) Build an app and they will come? Lessons learnt from trialling the GetThereBus app in rural communities IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 12 (3), 194-201. [More Information]

Darroch N, Beecroft M, and Nelson J (2018) Going underground: An exploration of the interfaces between underground urban transport infrastructure and its environment Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 81, 450-462. [More Information]

Mounce R, Wright S, Emele D, Zeng C, and Nelson J (2018) A tool to aid redesign of flexible transport services to increase efficiency in rural transport service provision Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 22 (2), 175-185. [More Information]

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Wright S (2018) Community Transport meets Mobility as a Service: on the road to a new a flexible future Research in Transportation Economics, 69, 583-591. [More Information]

Weckstrom C, Mladenovic M, Ullah W, Nelson J, Givoni M, and Bussman S (2018) User perspectives on emerging mobility services: Ex post analysis of Kutsuplus pilot Research in Transportation Business & Management, 27, 84-97. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Nelson J (2018) Perfect information and intelligent transport systems The Routledge Handbook of Transport Economics; Routledge, Oxon, 62-73. [More Information]

2017

Journal Articles

Corsar D, Edwards P, Nelson J, Baillie C, Papangelis K, and Velaga N (2017) Linking open data and the crowd for real-time passenger information Journal of Web Semantics, 43, 18-24. [More Information]

Cottrill C, Gault P, Yeboah G, Nelson J, Anable J, and Budd T (2017) Tweeting Transit: An examination of social media strategies for transport information management during a large event Transportation Research Part C, 77, 421-432. [More Information]

Morton C, Anable J, and Nelson J (2017) Consumer structure in the emerging market for electric vehicles: Identifying market segments using cluster analysis International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 11 (6), 443-459. [More Information]

Nelson J, and Wright S (2017) Guest Editorial: Highlights from the ITS European Congress in Glasgow (2016) IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 11 (7), 359. [More Information]

Nelson J, Wright S, Thomas R, and Canning S (2017) The social and economic benefits of community transport in Scotland Case Studies on Transport Policy, 5 (2), 286-298. [More Information]

2016

Journal Article

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2016) Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An Agenda for Research and Practice Transportation Research Record, 2542, 17-24. [More Information]

Book

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2016) Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2016) Introduction Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, 1-11. [More Information]

2013

Journal Articles

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2013) The influence of neighbourhood design on travel behaviour: Empirical evidence from North East England Transport Policy, 26, 54-65. [More Information]

Nelson J, and Merkert R (2013) Workshop 1: Performance measurement and compliance Research in Transportation Economics, 39 (1), 46-49. [More Information]

Nelson J, and Mulley C (2013) The impact of the application of new technology on public transport service provision and the passenger experience: A focus on implementation in Australia Research in Transportation Economics, 39 (1), 300-308. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Nelson J, Anesa M, and Grayson D (2013) United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism; Routledge (Taylor and Francis), New York, United States, 329-346. [More Information]

2012

Journal Articles

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2012) Recent Developments in Community Transport Provision: Comparative Experience from Britain and Australia Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 48 (2012), 1815-1825. [More Information]

Mulley C, Nelson J, Teal R, Wright S, and Daniels R (2012) Barriers to implementing Flexible Transport Services: An international comparison of the experiences in Australia, Europe and USA Research in Transportation Business & Management, 3 (August 2012), 3-11. [More Information]

2010

Conference Proceeding

Daniels R, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2010) Contribution of Flexible Transport Services to the Social Inclusion Agenda: An International Comparison 12th World Conference on Transport Research WCTR 2010; WCTR Society, Lisbon, Portugal.

2009

Journal Articles

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2009) Extent to Which Sustainable Travel to Work Can Be Explained by Neighbourhood Design Characteristics Transportation Research Record, 2134, 114-122. [More Information]

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2009) Neighbourhood design impact on travel behaviour: A comparison of US and UK experience Projections: MIT Journal of Planning, 9 (n/a), 29-56.

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2009) Flexible transport services: A new market opportunity for public transport Research in Transportation Economics, 25 (1), 39-45. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2009) The Extent to Which Sustainable Travel to Work Can be Explained by Neighbourhood Design Characteristics 88th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting TRB 2009; U.S. National Research Council, Transportation Research Board, United States.

2008

Conference Proceeding

Anderson J, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2008) No car lanes or bus lanes: which gives public transport the better priority? An evaluation of priority lanes in Tyne and Wear 40th Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference; Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG), United Kingdom.

2007

Journal Article

Brake J, Mulley C, Nelson J, and Wright S (2007) Key Lessons learned from recent experience with Flexible Transport Services Transport Policy, 14 (6), 458-466. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2007) Neighbourhood design perception and travel behaviour in Tyne and Wear, North East England UK European Urban Research Association (EURA) 10th Anniversary Conference - "The Vital City", 2007; European Urban Research Association, Scotland.

Aditjandra P, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2007) Differences of neighbourhood design perception and travel behaviour in Tyne and Wear, North East England, UK. Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2007; Regional Science Association, United Kingdom.

Brake J, Mulley C, Nelson J, and Wright S (2007) Learning lessons from implementation of flexible transport services and guidelines for further integration. International Colloquium on Taxis: "City on the Move"; the Institut pour la ville en mouvement, Paris, France.

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2007) Travel to workstudies: how analysis of census data can identify mobility patterns and contribute to the understanding of transport issues in the local labour market Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2007; Regional Science Association, United Kingdom.

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2007) Travel to work studies: How analysis of Census data can give insights to the local economy 39th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference, 2007; Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG), United Kingdom.

Report

Anderson J, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2007) Assessment of Priority Lanes in Tyne and Wear.

2006

Book

Brake J, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2006) Good Practice Guide for Demand Responsive Transport Services using Telematics; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Conference Proceedings

Boero M, Brake J, Scholliers J, Mulley C, Nelson J, and Smith M (2006) CONNECT: Partnership and co-operation to create an expert network and a knowledge portal for flexible transport services' 13th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services; Ertico-ITS Europe, Belgium.

Bourlakis M, Cullinane K, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2006) Logistics Research Network 2006 Conference Proceedings Logistics Research Network 2006 Conference Proceedings; BPR Publishers, United Kingdom.

Nielsen G, Lange T, Mulley C, and Nelson J (2006) Network planning and design for public transport success - and some pitfalls European Transport Conference: Association of European Transport (ETC) 2006; Association for European Transport (AET), London (on Line).

Book Chapter

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Neilson G (2006) Network Planning for High Quality Public Transport Competition and ownership in land passenger transport; Elsevier, Oxford.

2005

Book

Nielsen G, Nelson J, Mulley C, Tegner G, Lind G, and Lange T (2005) Public Transport - Planning the networks: Hitrans Best Practice Guide 2; HiTrans, On line.

Conference Proceeding

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Neilsen G (2005) Network Planning for High Quality Public Transport 9th International Conference series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (THREDBO 9); Elsevier Science, Oxford, U.K..

Reports

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Higginson M (2005) Middlehaven: A review of Ultra Light Rail Proposal.

Nelson J, and Mulley C (2005) Travel to Work Issues and Employment in South Tyneside.

2004

Conference Proceeding

Mulley C, Nelson J, and Smith M (2004) Business dimensions in developing the market for Flexible Transport Services (FTS) 19th Annual International POLIS Conference, 2004; POLIS 2004, The Netherlands.

2003

Journal Article

Mulley C, and Nelson J (2003) The attractiveness and efficiency of public transport - is it affected by the nature of ownership? I A T S S Research, 27 (2), 16-26.

Conference Proceeding

Klementschitz R, Sammer G, Roider O, Mulley C, Nelson J, and Smith M (2003) Long term socio-economic and other external network effects of large scale infrastructure investments in urban agglomerations European Transport Conference 2003; Association of European Transport, on line.

Selected grants

Recent Units Taught

  • ITLS6103 Sustainable Transport Policy

Videos

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