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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.

External Activities

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.

2016

The Roles of ‘Conventional’ and Demand-Responsive Bus Services (2016)
White, P. 2016. The Roles of ‘Conventional’ and Demand-Responsive Bus Services. in: Mulley, C. and Nelson, J.D. (ed.) Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future Emerald. pp. 307-330

2010

Impacts of teleworking on sustainability and travel (2010)
White, P., Christodoulou, G., Mackett, R., Titheridge, H., Thoreau, R. and Polak, J. 2010. Impacts of teleworking on sustainability and travel. in: Manzi, T., Lucas, K., Lloyd-Jones, T. and Allen, J. (ed.) Social sustainability in urban areas: communities, connectivity, and the urban fabric London Earthscan.

2009

Transport and deregulation (2009)
White, P. and Sturt, A. 2009. Transport and deregulation. in: Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. (ed.) International encyclopedia of human geography London Elsevier.

2008

Transport for London: success despite Westminster? (2008)
White, P. 2008. Transport for London: success despite Westminster? in: Docherty, I. and Shaw, J. (ed.) Traffic jam: ten years of 'sustainable' transport in the UK Bristol Policy Press. pp. 183-203

2007

The role of teleworking in Britain: its implications for the transport system and economic evaluation (2007)
White, P., Christodoulou, G., Mackett, R., Titheridge, H., Thoreau, R. and Polak, J. 2007. The role of teleworking in Britain: its implications for the transport system and economic evaluation. in: Proceedings of the European Transport Conference, 17-19 Oct 2007, Leiden, the Netherlands Association for European Transport.

2005

Experience of privatisation and deregulation of the bus and coach industry in Britain (2005)
White, P. 2005. Experience of privatisation and deregulation of the bus and coach industry in Britain. in: Venezia, E. (ed.) Urban transport Milan, Italy FrancoAngeli. pp. 35-53

2004

Road passenger transport (2004)
White, P. 2004. Road passenger transport. in: Preston, J. (ed.) The regulation of transport in the European Union Aldershot, UK Ashgate.

2003

Light rail and the London underground (2003)
Knowles, R. and White, P. 2003. Light rail and the London underground. in: Docherty, I. and Shaw, J. (ed.) A new deal for transport?: the UK's struggle with the sustainable transport agenda Oxford, UK Blackwell Publishers. pp. 135-157

2001

Local bus industry profitability and the role of longer-distance services (2001)
White, P. 2001. Local bus industry profitability and the role of longer-distance services. in: Grayling, T. (ed.) Any more fares?: Delivering better bus services London, UK Institute for Public Policy Research. pp. 147-165

2000

Experience in the UK bus and coach industry (2000)
White, P. 2000. Experience in the UK bus and coach industry. in: Bradshaw, B. and Smith, H.L. (ed.) Privatization and deregulation of transport Basingstoke Macmillan.

2016

The impacts of telecommuting in Dublin (2016)
O'Keefe, P., Caulfield, B., Brazil, W. and White, P. 2016. The impacts of telecommuting in Dublin. Research in Transportation Economics. 57, pp. 13-20.

2014

As assessment of the Competition Commission Report and subsequent outcomes (2014)
White, P. 2014. As assessment of the Competition Commission Report and subsequent outcomes. Research in Transportation Economics. 48, pp. 277-285.

2012

Long-term development of express coach services in Britain (2012)
White, P. and Robbins, D. 2012. Long-term development of express coach services in Britain. Research in Transportation Economics. 36 (1), pp. 30-38.

2011

Potential impacts of teleworking on transport systems (2011)
White, P., Titheridge, H. and Moffat, D. 2011. Potential impacts of teleworking on transport systems. Logistics & Transport Focus. 13 (11), pp. 26-29.

2010

The conflict between competition policy and the wider role of the local bus industry in Britain (2010)
White, P. 2010. The conflict between competition policy and the wider role of the local bus industry in Britain. Research in Transportation Economics. 29 (1), pp. 152-158.
Impacts of free concessionary travel: case study of an English rural region (2010)
Baker, S. and White, P. 2010. Impacts of free concessionary travel: case study of an English rural region. Transport Policy. 17 (1), pp. 20-26.

2009

Factors behind recent patronage trends in Britain and their implications for future policy (2009)
White, P. 2009. Factors behind recent patronage trends in Britain and their implications for future policy. International Journal of Transport Economics. XXXVI, pp. 13-31.

2008

What can we learn from recent trends in London and the PTEs? (2008)
White, P. 2008. What can we learn from recent trends in London and the PTEs? Transit.

2007

Delivering value for money to government through efficient and effective public transit service continuity: some thoughts: response 4 (2007)
White, P. 2007. Delivering value for money to government through efficient and effective public transit service continuity: some thoughts: response 4. Transport Reviews. 27 (4), pp. 432-434.
The uses of data from smartcard systems for public transport management (2007)
White, P. and Bagchi, M. 2007. The uses of data from smartcard systems for public transport management. Eurocontrol. Issue, pp. 47-50.

2006

The demand for public transport: the effects of fares, quality of service, income and car ownership (2006)
Paulley, N., Balcombe, R., Mackett, R., Titheridge, H., Preston, J., Wardman, M., Shires, J. and White, P. 2006. The demand for public transport: the effects of fares, quality of service, income and car ownership. Transport Policy. 13 (4), pp. 295-306.
Competition in public transport in Great Britain (2006)
White, P. 2006. Competition in public transport in Great Britain. European Transport / Trasporti Europei. 33, pp. 69-82.

2005

The potential of public transport smart card data (2005)
Bagchi, M. and White, P. 2005. The potential of public transport smart card data. Transport Policy. 12 (5), pp. 464-474.

2004

What role for smart-card data from bus systems? (2004)
Bagchi, M. and White, P. 2004. What role for smart-card data from bus systems? Municipal Engineer. 157 (1), pp. 39-46.
The demand for public transport: a practical guide (2004)
Balcombe, R., Mackett, R., Paulley, N., Preston, J., Shires, J., Titheridge, H., Wardman, M. and White, P. 2004. The demand for public transport: a practical guide. TRL Reports. Report TRL 593, pp. 1-238.

2002

Experience of national railways privatisation, and of vertical separation in metro systems (2002)
White, P. and Ball, J. 2002. Experience of national railways privatisation, and of vertical separation in metro systems. European Transport / Trasporti Europei. 20/21, pp. 76-88.

2010

Potential role of time savings through teleworking (2010)
Moffat, D. and White, P. 2010. Potential role of time savings through teleworking. 42nd Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference. Plymouth 05 - 07 Jan 2010

2009

Analysis of data from public transport smartcard systems for management and marketing (2009)
White, P. and Bagchi, M. 2009. Analysis of data from public transport smartcard systems for management and marketing. ITS(UK) Annual Conference. York June 2009

2008

Impacts of free concessionary travel in English rural regions from April 2006 (2008)
Baker, S. and White, P. 2008. Impacts of free concessionary travel in English rural regions from April 2006. Sixth Transport Practitioners' Meeting. University of Reading 14 - 16 Jul 2008

2006

Scope for a National Travel Survey for Ireland (2006)
White, P. 2006. Scope for a National Travel Survey for Ireland. 38th Universities' Transport Study Group Annual Conference. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 4-6 Jan 2006

2008

Factors affecting the decline in bus use in metropolitan areas (2008)
White, P. 2008. Factors affecting the decline in bus use in metropolitan areas. Commissioned by pteg (Passenger Transport Executive Group).

2008

Public transport: its planning, management and operation. 5th edition (2008)
White, P. 2008. Public transport: its planning, management and operation. 5th edition. Routledge.

2001

Public transport: its planning, management and operation. 4th edition (2001)
White, P. 2001. Public transport: its planning, management and operation. 4th edition. London, UK Spon.

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