Timeline Speakers

Professor Andrea Nolan is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, a role she has held since 2013.  Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which led to her appointment as a Lecturer and then Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow where she established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management.  Her senior leadership in Glasgow developed through roles as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Vice-Principal for Learning, Teaching and Internationalisation, and Senior Vice-Principal.  She served as Convenor of Universities Scotland, the professional body representing Scotland’s 19 Higher Education institutions from 2016 to 2020, and currently chairs its International Committee.  She serves on a range of Boards and groups contributing to the development of Higher Education.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was awarded an Honorary OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.

Dr Andrew MacIver is a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is the programme leader for the BEng/MEng in Civil & Civil & Transportation Engineering and a visiting lecturer at Shanghai Normal University and California Unitec, Yangon, Myanmar.  From 1998 to 2004 he was a professor at the University of Calgary in Canada and from 2015-19 the external examiner for Civil Engineering at the National University of Science & Technology in Muscat, Oman.

Professor Patrick Langdon is a Professor of Engineering Design, Transportation, and Inclusion at Edinburgh NAPIER School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE). He is the acting head of the ENU Transport Research Institute. He is an Experimental Psychologist and has worked in AI, Robotics and Engineering Design for over 20 Years. Historically he has led research in Inclusive Engineering Design and contributed to its literature. Until recently he was a Reader (PRA) in at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and led research there in Inclusive Design, Ergonomics and Human Factors. He was co-investigator and Cambridge lead for the joint EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover funded programme, Towards Autonomy – Smart and Connected Control (TASCC), Designing Autonomy in Vehicles (HI:DAVe). He is a visiting Professor in Human Factors for Global Challenge at the University of East Anglia Computer Science Department 2019 – 2021. Between 2013 and 2019, Pat Langdon,  whilst still at Cambridge, also initiated and ran a series of CAPE funded projects with Jaguar Land Rover based on combining Human Factors Engineering with advanced Machine Learning and AI techniques to address the very latest human interface issues facing automotive manufacturers.

Professor Tariq Muneer is a senior ‘Energy Engineering’ academic in Scotland. He was instrumental in setting up the Masters and Doctoral research and study programmes at Edinburgh Napier University. He also led the installation of charging stations for EVs at Napier and has extensively researched the performance of EVs. He is the author of Elsevier’s monograph ‘Electric Vehicles’ that was published in 2017.

Professor Tom Rye joined Molde University College Norway as a Professor of Transport Policy in 2018, and UIRS in Slovenia in 2019.  Prior to this he worked at Edinburgh Napier University (in Scotland, UK) as Professor in Transport and Director of its Transport Research Institute.  From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Transport Policy at Lund University in Sweden; whilst there, he helped start Sweden’s National Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, as its Director.  Since he left, the Centre has gone from strength to strength.  He has degrees in Geography, and Spatial Planning, and a PhD in Mobility Management.  As well as working in academia he has spent much time seconded to consultants and local government, as well as on projects for Scottish and UK Governments and the EC.  His specialisms are transport training, mobility management, comparative transport policy evaluation and implementation, parking policy and planning for public and slow modes of transport.  In his spare time, Tom enjoys ski touring, vegetable gardening, road and mountain biking, climbing, the company of his 9 year old twins, real ale, playing saxophone and ukulele, attempting lindyhop dancing, learning other languages, and topiary.

Professor Keith Dickinson has over thirty years’ experience in senior academic management, teaching and research.  He is Emeritus Professor of Transportation at Napier University, where he was formerly Assistant Principal.  He was instrumental in establishing Napier’s Transport Research Institute (TRI), retains an interest in transport research and was until 2018 supervising a PhD student at Napier.

After leaving Napier in 2003, he travelled widely in China.  He was Associate President of Liaoning Institute of Technology (LIT), northeast China and contributed to the development, management and delivery of an MSc programme at Beijing Jiaotong University.

After holding several roles at other UK universities, he returned to Napier in 2014 as Interim Director of TRI.  Keith helped identify a new permanent Director and lead TRI through the process of integration into SEBE. Keith has served on numerous national bodies and since retiring to the Scottish Borders, has become Chair of the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund and the Gavinton, Fogo and Polwarth Community Council.  He is currently helping develop a regional economic strategy for the South of Scotland through his membership of SoSREP

Professor Mike Maher is a Professor Emeritus at Napier, and an honorary professor at University College London. He continues to be on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. One project with Atkins for the DfT on the effect on accidents of the increases in HGV speed limits was finalised in June 2020;  Phase 1 of a further project with Atkins for Highways England on methods for the measurement and forecasting of the impacts of incidents on the strategic road network was completed in April 2020. He has been second supervisor for Richard Llewellyn’s PhD research.

Professor Howard Kirby’s interest in transport research as a career came about when at Cambridge, studying for a degree in Natural Sciences. The publication in November 1963 of Traffic in Towns, the report of a study led by the planner Colin Buchanan, drew his attention to the scope for applying science to a range of practical problems and issues. He started his career in October 1964 at the then Road Research Laboratory (RRL, later TRL), where he became involved in travel demand surveys and models.  After gaining some lecturing experience in evening courses in London, he left RRL in 1970 to become Lecturer in Transport Planning at University College London (UCL). This was a joint appointment between the School of Environmental Studies (later renamed the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning), and the Transport Studies Group of the Department of Civil Engineering.  In 1977 he was appointed by the University of Leeds to be Assistant Director of Research in the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), becoming later its Deputy Director (Research).  At Leeds, ITS was formally linked with just two mainstream departments (Civil Engineering and Business Studies). His role involved developing research links with other departments; this was especially successful with Psychology, with whom road safety research became a significant feature of the ITS portfolio.  So, he saw the formation in 1996 by Napier University of the Transport Research Institute (TRI) as a unique experiment in fostering cross-disciplinary and cross institutional research in the subject and was appointed as its Director from February 1997 to 2007, with appointment as Professor of Transport Studies until his retirement in January 2008 with the title Professor Emeritus.

Professor Richard Allsop is Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at University College London (UCL), having been Professor since 1976 and Director between then and 1997 of what is now the Centre for Transport Studies.   After graduating in Mathematics from Queens’ College Cambridge he joined the then Road Research Laboratory, the predecessor of TRL Ltd.   Soon after the Research Group in Traffic Studies was formed at UCL by Professor Reuben Smeed, he became a Research Fellow there in 1967 and Lecturer in 1970.   Under Smeed’s supervision he completed a PhD on mathematical optimisation in traffic signal control.   From 1973 to 1976 he was the first Director of the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University.   Appointed Smeed’s successor at UCL in 1976, he has contributed widely to research, training and advisory work on many aspects of transport.   From 1981 to 1996 he convened the International Advisory Committee of the Symposium series ISTTT, to which his continuing contribution was recognised by a Japanese award in 2018.  Since the early 1980s he has been active in what is now the CIHT and worked on academic aspects of development of the TPP qualification until 2015.   He was a long-serving member of TRI’s Advisory Board.   After becoming Emeritus in 2005 he remained a Director of PACTS until 2015 and a special advisor since then.   He is an observer to the Board of ETSC on which he represented PACTS from 2005 until 2020, and advises its European road safety benchmarking programme PIN, which he led for its first nine years from 2006.   He was awarded the DSc degree in 1995 and made an OBE in 1997 for services to traffic management and road safety, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  

Dr Jason Monios is Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kedge Business School, Marseille, France. His research areas include intermodal transport and logistics, port system evolution, collaboration and integration in port hinterlands, port governance and policy, institutional and regulatory settings, port sustainability and climate change adaptation. He has led numerous research projects on these topics with a total budget of over €1m. He has over 100 peer-reviewed academic publications in addition to numerous research and consultancy reports, covering Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has worked with national and regional transport authorities and co-authored technical reports with UNCTAD and UN-ECLAC.

Emeritus Professor Steve Stradling has stayed home all year, refereeing submissions to transport journals and funding bodies, co-compiling shopping lists for Tesco Click & Collect, skyping his delightful now 2-year-old grandson, watching the awesome Manchester City on the telly, and not going out to U3A meetings, charity busking sessions in town centres, or rock band rehearsals. He has now had his first jab and by the end of May may be ready to participate in the new normal.

Jim McGuire, Manager, Infrastructure and Transportation

Jim is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers. He has over 30 years’ experience within the field of roads and transportation, and has held roles in public and private sector organisations in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Stephen Cragg is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional and Head of Appraisal and Model Development at Transport Scotland.  He had wanted to be a giraffe when he grew up, but accidentally became a transport planner instead.

Dr Aisling Doyle completed her bachelors in Civil Engineering (BEng) in 2012 from the National University of Ireland Galway. In 2013 she moved to Edinburgh and completed her MSc in Renewable Energy which led on to her PhD which she graduated from in 2018. Aisling joined Transport Scotland as part of their graduate civil engineering programme in 2018 to work towards professional chartership through the Institute of Civil Engineers. She has worked on a variety of projects to include; project sponsor of a £14 million new railway station at Robroyston (north-east of Glasgow), procurement manager for Insurance advisory services in Transport Scotland’s Contracts Branch and she has structural design experience with Atkins. In her current role she is leading on a research project investigating the real time emissions of auxiliary Transport Refrigerated Units so that Scottish Ministers can gain a better understanding of emission contribution from non-transport emissions which falls under  non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). Additionally, she is leading on developing Transport Scotland’s Circular Economy Strategy that involves engaging with international leading stakeholders such as the Netherlands and Canada.’  

Dr Faqhrul Islam is a Transport Planner with experience in transport planning and research. He works primarily in the delivery of traffic modelling, data analysis, policy review, and transport and economic appraisal. He carried out his PhD at the Transport Research Institute from 2015 to 2018. His research investigated the Impact of Ubiquitous Real-time Passenger Information on Bus Passenger Route Choice. He is currently working at a consulting company in Edinburgh, UK and is also an Enhanced Associate at the Transport Research Institute. Faqhrul is interested in Transport Modelling, Public Transport systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Mobility.

Dr Suzanne Meade manages the National Road Safety Improvement Programme in Ireland at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and is currently preparing safety interventions for the next 10 year National Road Safety Strategy. She represents Ireland on the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) for Road Safety and is chair of the Project Evaluation Board for a number of European research calls funded by CEDR. In addition to her role at TII she lectures Sustainable Transport and Mobility at the Technological University of Dublin and in collaboration with Sligo Institute of Technology developed a new blended learning level 9 qualification for Road Safety Auditor training that launched in 2020.

Her primary degree is in Civil Engineering,  from the National University of Ireland. Suzanne is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years experience in the design and delivery of major transport projects in Ireland and the UK. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering from the Transport Research Institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU). Following completion of her PhD, she worked as research fellow at TRI on projects such as the EU Horizon 2020 PROSPERITY and PARK4SUMP. Her research areas of interest are vulnerable road user safety evaluation and modelling which she continues through her work at TII in collaboration with Leeds University, local authorities and other state bodies.