Since January 2010 I have been working as a Senior Lecturer in transport and planning for the University of the West of England (here is my personal page on the UWE website). I am currently writing a book about transport policy for UIT Cambridge, which is due to be published in the autumn of 2014.
I have been involved in environmental groups for many years, most recently with the Living Heart for Bristol campaign, which I helped to set up in 2010. How I came to be interested in transport and planning issues is a bit of a long story...
In 1997 I stood as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton. This was an interesting learning experience but I decided not long afterwards that my efforts would be better applied in writing and campaigning more specifically on environmental issues. In 1998 I set up SHARD, which has campaigned with some success against the plans at that time to cover much of South Devon with low density greenfield building. In 2005 I help to set up South Hams Friends of the Earth, which has been concentrating particularly on climate change - the greatest threat currently facing humanity.
From 1995 to 2005 I worked part-time work as the Community Development Manager for the Dartmoor Town of Moretonhampstead where I raised money for public art, computer training, youth and sports centres.
After years of reading planning policies and giving evidence at public inquiries, I decided to to back and study this stuff properly. In September 2005 I gave up the job and enrolled at the University of the West of England, researching the feasibility of carfree development in the U.K.. In 2006 I secured funding from the ESRC and Dept for Transport to extend this to a PhD. Between 2006 and 2008 I cycled about 5,000 miles across seven countries, visiting carfree developments and cities which had more generally been successful in reducing dependence on the private car. A paper on my findings from the first trip to Freiburg in Germany is on the research papers page.