Professor Peter White
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I joined the University (then known as the Polytechnic of Central London) in 1971, as a Lecturer in Public Transport Systems, receiving the title of Professor in 1992. I retired from regular teaching work at the University in September 2015, but continue in the role of Emeritus Professor, with ongoing research and writing interests in public transport. While teaching in this and related subjects at postgraduate level, principally on the MSc Transport Planning and Management course, I developed research activities in this field through supervision of research students, MSc dissertations and research staff, along with personal research. This has focused in recent years on impacts of privatisation and deregulation in the coach, bus and rail sectors, together with specific innovations such as the role of smartcard data, and impacts of teleworking on transport demand. Please note that I no longer have an office base on campus (but can arrange meetings there), and should be contacted by the e-mail address shown.
I am a member of the editorial board of 'Transport Reviews', and of the editorial advisory board of 'Transportation'. I have acted as a specialist advisor to House of Commons committees' inquiries into transport-related issues on five occasions, most recently in respect of the Transport Committee's enquiry into competition in the bus market, published in September 2012. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and a member of the Transport Economists' Group (TEG), playing an active role in both organisations.
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I am the author of the textbook 'Public Transport: its Planning, Management and Operation', first published in 1976. A sixth edition is to be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in December 2016. I have also published many papers in academic journals and the technical press. My research in recent years has focussed on the effects of privatisation and deregulation in the coach and local bus industries, followed by the impacts of rail privatisation in Britain. I have particular interests in rural public transport, data collection in public transport (especially that from smartcard systems), and in the effects of service quality on ridership.
Some recent examples of research and consultancy:
In 2006-2007 I managed a study undertaken jointly with research colleagues at University College London and Imperial College London into the effects of teleworking and teleconferencing on transport, sponsored by British Telecom and Transport for London.
I have supervised a total of 14 successfully completed M Phil and PhD theses during my career to date at UoW, and currently supervise two in progress.
In 2015 I produced a report for Greener Journeys on the impacts of bus priorities and busways on energy efficiency and emissions.