The Department of Planning and Transport is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching in transport. Since 1971, the University of Westminster has established a prominent reputation for carrying out a wide range of academic and applied research covering most transport sectors. Teaching is informed by our long established and successful track record in research.
Transport was a major contributor to the submission made by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment to the Town and Country Planning Unit in theResearch Assessment Exercise 2008. Seventy per cent of the work submitted was judged to be of an international standard, and within that 25 per cent was internationally excellent. Transport researchers frequently give papers at conferences and seminars, publish books, and write articles for scholarly and professional journals. Details can be found on the Westminster Research pages and on individual staff pages. We currently have eight PhD students attached to our department.
Key research areas include Air Transport and Air Traffic Management, Cycling, Freight Transport and Logistics and Public Passenger Transport. External funding has come from a variety of organisations including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), Commission of the European Communities, Eurocontrol, Department for Transport and other Government Departments, Scottish Government, Department of Education (NI), local authorities, regulatory and control bodies such as Transport for London (TfL) and NATS, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, transport operators in rail, air and bus sectors and various charitable foundations.